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The aMAAAZEing Bagua Lichacun Village Adventure

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

It's taken three years, But I knew I'd be back here one day. I finally put an end to my love affair with Longnan County

With it's beautiful lakes and being surrounded by a series of misty limestone formations that have countless concealed caves and grottoes found amongst them along with ancient city walls and pagodas it is no wonder Zhaoqing is known as the Guilin of Guangdong and one of the most popular scenic spots in the province.

With most of the south east of China being absolutely hammered by rain I figured that I had spent enough time laying reading in the same hotel so I figured why not simply move hotels but the problem was, where to go. The answer came when I got a simple 'hello' text from my friend Sofia whom I met here in Zhaoqing three years ago and as I hadn't had internet for almost a week I got out my trusty old Lonely Planet and turned to page 599 and by the time I got to 601 I knew why I would purchase my ticket;

The Ancient Bagua Villages!

I left Longnan yesterday and just over five hours later I arrived in Guangzhou (ancient Canton) City and I must say, the journey was not only one of the most beautiful bus rides I've done in years but it was also one of the scariest. When it poured it poured and there were landslides everywhere with heavy machinery doing their best to clear the roads for the passing traffic and add to that that the bus drivers wife was either about to give birth or begin her period, all in all he had pedal to the metal the entire way!

I also remembered the current extreme flooding of not only Chaozhou city but many others down here; A bus ride further south was probably not the smartest decision I've ever made.

<u>BAGUA VILLAGES</u>

Sadly here in China just like the rest of the world the old has given way to the new and including the Daoist concept of feng shui into the present and future construction of mega cities has been pretty much forgotten. But found outside Zhaoqing city the historic gems of Licha and Xiangang are two Bagua Villages which are Ming Dynasty villages constructed in the shape of the eight trigrams of the Dao that represent changes in eight different phases of life.

Many of the houses have the regionally distinctive 'wok handle' roofs, symbolising wealth and status and the village houses radiate systematically from a taichi (symbol of Yin and Yan in Taoism)on a central terrace turning the village into a maze which is a perfect place for travellers to spend many hours getting lost.

<u>Lichacun Bagua Village:</u>

I've included the 'main village’ photo that is found on a large board beside the ticket booth (twenty Yuan) in this entry because it is simply impossible for my photos to offer any sort of explanation as to what a Bagua Village actually looks like. In fact even after reading about them I still had only a basic idea of what to expect, that was until I arrived and looked at the picture.

Feng shui influenced the organisation of the village buildings and spaces to maximize qi which is the current of energy Taoists believe flows through the universe. Harmony is crucial to this concept and manifested in the symmetrical spacing of the houses that appear to expand out from the village centre toward the edge of town.

Remarkably, Licha Village was not just planned according to the shape of Bagua for feng shui purposes but also to protect the village from intruders, hence the small number of entrance and exit points.

Until twenty years ago the village was still a vibrant and bustling place but today only the elders remain, along with a few nesting swallows. If you actually sit and look around you can actually allow the smell of incense and the chirping birds take you back seven hundred years to Ming Dynasty China.

Beers N Noodles toya...shane ________________________________________________________________________

The Soundtrack to this entry was by Creedence Clearwater Revival The album was 'Anniversary Edition' ________________________________________________________________________

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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China

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