What To Do
Jiuxian is an attractive village and one that visitors to Yangshuo often visit to admire the beautiful Qing Dynasty buildings, such as ours. Our guests can get to know the village and surrounding areas much better. It is a great place for exploring by foot, bicycle or vehicle.
There are many lovely old buildings in Jiuxian, but two stand out as particularly special. Just in front of one of our houses you will find the village temple and to the left of this is the former residence of a Kuomindang Colonel.
The temple can be visited for free but you are encouraged to make a small donation in the box at the entrance. The temple has many fine architectural features but, since ownership is communal, it is unlikely to be preserved without outside encouragement and funding. Once we've completed renovation of the houses we've rented we hope to be able to contribute to the renovation of this and other public buildings in Jiuxian.
The colonel's house attracts many Chinese visitors as these are (mostly) able to make sense of the various inscriptions. We say mostly, as Chinese characters were simplified by the Communists after 1949 and not all young Chinese can read the old ones.
The adventurous may want to climb the nearby mountain - the one with the red flag on it. This was the scene of various battles with the Japanese during the Second World War and has stone ruins at the very top and beautiful views over the surrounding river valley and mountains. The route is quite steep and difficult to find. We suggest you hire a local guide such as the villager whose land you have to walk across to start the climb.
Jiuxian, our local community