Taoping Qiang Village


Taoping Qiang Village is located in Li County of Aba Prefecture, about 180 km from Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province. The village is known as the “Ancient Oriental Fortress” for its aged stone houses and the two 9-storey hexahedral watchtowers of 30m high on the slope, which amazingly survived weather erosion, wars and frequent earthquakes for centuries.

Taoping Qiang Village Sichuan China

Taoping is a typical Qiang village, in that it was built with mountains to the north and facing water to the south. The buildings are laid out according to a rigid design. All houses are built with stone, timber and mud without any painting on the outside walls, usually 5 stories with a narrow wooden staircase.  The houses are called Zhuang Houses, or "Wo Zhe" in the Qiang language. They embody a structural hierarchy. The houses are called Zhuang Houses, or "Wo Zhe" in the Qiang language. The fireplace is where the family and friends gather to celebrate weddings, birthdays and festivals.

Taoping Qiang Women

The earliest Taoping Qiang Village was built over 2,000 years ago, in 111 B.C. The ancient Qiang village has eight gates radiating from the watch tower. The eight gates are linked to 13 alleys, which form a comprehensive communications network. The village also has a network of groundwater, which uses covered wells. People can remove the slate covers to draw water from the wells. The alleys, groundwater network and roofs combine to form a comprehensive defensive system.

Taoping Qiang Village Chengdu

 Traveling to Taoping Qiang Village, you can have a taste of the Qiang's traditional food, and appreciate their passionate dances and songs. Tasting their home-made barley wine, you will feel that you are completely integrated into the history and customs of Qiang ethnic group.

Entrance Fee:  CNY 60

Opening Hours:  09:00-18:00

Recommended Time for a Visit: One day from Chengdu

Best Travel Time: all the year round

How to get

1. In Chengdu Chadianzi Bus Station, you can take the bus (CNY41.5 and takes 5.5hours) to Milouya. The bus will stop at Lixian County and Taopingqiang Village.

2. Also you can first take Bus at Chengdu Chadianzi Bus Station to Wenchuan County and then change the mini-bus to Taopingqian Village.

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