Xiaozhou Village(1)The Last Water Village Of Guangzhou
Last weekend, I went to XiaoZhou Village(小洲村), The last water village of Guangzhou. It’s the second time I visited there. Last time was 8 years ago. XiaoZhou Village changed a lot these years. The former national ecological village is disappearing!
Xiaozhou Village lies in Yingzhou Ecological Park(瀛洲生态园), Haizhu District of Guangzhou. It’s named as the most beautiful village in Guangzhou because it’s special water village environment and unsophisticated folkway.
XiaoZhou Village has more than 600 years history. Villagers there are the offspring of Tanka people(蜑家). Tanka people also called “the Boat people”, It’s a special group of people that has traditionally lived on boats in coastal parts of south china. They mostly worked as fishermen, But some built markets or villages on the shore and started new life on shore.
The net of Rivulets and stone bridges make the village so different compares to other villages in Guangdong, remind you the water towns of Southern Yangtze River. Those stone bridges were made in different dynasties, Every bridge has it’s own story.
But since the government decided to change this quiet village into a highlight of travel sites, Xiaozhou changed a lot. More and more people visit there, more and more traditional old houses are disappearing, some stupid look new houses are taking their place.
The water is dry and the boats are beat-up this winter afternoon. Only the bluestone road remind me the old XiaoZhou.
(To be continued)
I will travel to Sichuan tomorrow. Maybe I can’t connect Internet for some days. I will publish my XiaoZhou Village posts automatically these days, Sorry I can’t reply all the comments in time. Best wishes, My friends!
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