Tun Bu Village (Tian Long Tun Bu)

It takes a twenty-minute drive from Anshun to the Tun Bu village, a very old and peculiar Han Chinese settlement sitting in the southwest part of China. Women here are still wearing Ming dynasty costumes while the houses enduing with typical feature of Ming architectural styles, are frozen in time.

Tun Bu Village Historic records tell the story about the centuries-old village. Six hundred years ago, the imperial court of the Ming Dynasty had sent a garrison force to Anshun who turned the neighborhood into farmland, grew crops, and build up villages for its own needs. The Tun Bu Village is the best among the well-kept settlements, where people have changed little in lifestyle.

 

The population of Tun Bu Village is over 5000, or 1250 families. They have largely kept to themselves. They have developed sophisticated stone masonry skills which are embodied all over the place: a unique stone culture. There is a 100-meter long business street -- the only market square where the trades congregate, and the practice continues to this day.

The people are so hospitable and friendly to visitors that one can even examine the women's clothing up close. The garments are usually long robes with loose sleeves. The cuffs are embroidered with fancy laces. Some wear handkerchiefs over their heads, and some adorn themselves with silver hairpins. The villagers, with nature of peace, are devout worshippers of the supernatural. Therefore, there are temples of various faiths: Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Tiantai Mountain features a temple complex at its summit. Spectacular Buddhist artifacts are everywhere to be seen among the marvels of nature.

In the evening villagers sing folk songs in order to entertain their guests. Tourists are invited to visit village homes, where they may sample tea and local food.

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