Mushan Village is located a few kilometers east of Yangshuo town center. Mushan has a history of about 500 years and many houses are build in the Mind and Qing Dynasties. In the past Mushan village had another name: "Ma Gua" village (meaning the eight Diagrams in Daoism)
The construction of the whole village follows the form of "Ying Yang Ba Gua" in Daoism.
In the middle of the village there is a pool: Yangyang Lak, also called TianXing Tang. The villagers believe that this village has a great future. All the houses of the village are build around the pond.
The pond's name is translated " Black and white YING AND YANG Fish". All houses are follow the idea of the eight Diagrams in Daoism.
For that reason Mushan was also known as a Great "Fengshui" location
Mushan was a center of wisdom and knowledge in the Ming and early Qing dynasties. Many great scholars and high officers of the empire originate here.
The situation changed dramatically in the last Qing dynasty. The roads were no longer kept in good condition and transportation became difficult. Eventually Mushan became only accessible by boat!
But through the years the villagers never gave up their believes in the traditions of Daoism and the pond is still an important part of the town. They believe that the luck and happiness of the village depend on the pond.
These days the villagers are mostly from Zhang and Xu family. The population is around 800 people. Some villagers moved to the cities to work as laborers and some have reclaimed working as farmers. 15% of the villagers also work as actors and actresses for the Impression Sister Liu, the Liu Sanjie Light show in the evening. The village provides most of the actors in the show of all villages in the area.
There are some famous and beautiful sightseeing spots in the surrounding of Mushan such as:
Getting there and away
Mushan village is accessible from the main (dirt) road that leads from Yangshuo all the way to Liu Gong and Puyi. Follow the road after the entrance of the Liu Sanjie Theatre, keep left and follow the sign to Mushan Village and Snow Lion resort.
At the junction Snow Lion Resort, you can continue on the road or go left to Snow Lion Resort.
If you continue on the road, the first village is Mushan Village. Walk from the main road into the village. When you are at the pond, follow the path to the riverside. There's a good chance children are playing in the river. Turn left and walk/cycle for a few hundred meters back to the Snow Lion Resort along the riverside. You will pass a small local graveyard and a local restaurant where you can have a "farmers meal".
Once you have reached the local restaurant at the Li River, you can see the Snow Lion Resort. To come back to Yangshuo, just pass the Snow Lion Resort and follow the path to the main road. You can bring your bicycle, of course.
As Mushan is quite a scenic village, we thought you might want to see more of this 500 years old village, it certainly worth a visit!
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Liu Sanjie Impressions
No doubt Zhang Yimou created something very special with his "Impressions" in Yangshuo. It is certainly worth a visit.
Another old village which is worth a visit is Xingping. The old town, larger then Mushan is located on the east bank of the Li River, 22 km north of Yangshuo