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Descriptions of Track
I. Start point: Wenzhi Guangchang Square of Tengchong
Time of starters order: 20: 00, 9 March
In the evening, when darkness has fallen, the Wenzhi Guangchang Square is immersed in the most pure voice of Gaoligong Mountain. Two memorial archways, yin and yang, set each other off in the sunset glow, and they appear even more magnificent. The soaring phoenix and dragon are symbols of struggling and hard-working. Under sunset glow, heroes are itch to try.
“Wenzhi Guangchang” means Civil Administration and Prosperity. In which, Wenzhi means: to govern the country with culture and education, rites and music. The Book of Rites · Sacrificial Method: “King Wen rules the country with Civil Administration, and King Wu rules the country with military accomplishments, to protect people from disasters.” It means they have made brilliant achievements in culture and education. Guangchang: glorious and prosperous. According to On Literature and History · Epitaph, written by Zhang Xuecheng of Qing dynasty,“He was meant to change the ancient rites while the reformation is quite successful, so he becomes a master of great learning and integrity.”Wenzhi Guangchang demonstrates the most excellent traditional etiquette, traditional culture and governing strategy, which is a comprehensive expression of of China’s brilliant traditional culture. The sentence is suitable description of Central Plain Culture of China and the land here.
II. Start point -cp1 Dongshan meadow
Pavement composition: 5.5km of artificial pavement, 6km of natural pavement and 0km of staircase.
Closing time: 22: 15, 9 March
Suggested longest time: 02h06m
Running advice:: start to run upon starters order. The athletes will run across the “Soring Phoenix” memorial archway featured by Tengchong culture, and run forward following the signposts on the ground or roadside. By running at the edge of city, you can closely appreciate the nightfall of Tengchong city; the people return home from work under the sunset, and the young men stroll along the Huanle Lake leisurely and there are people of all ages and both sexes doing fitness along the lake. This a quiet city, where people enjoys the life here. By passing through the lakeside of Huanle Lake, the athlete enters the path leading to the mountain in the Gaoligong International Eco-City, and this is a vibrant residential town. From there, there is slow climbing, and then the path gradually enters the Dongshan Mountain. Here you can watch the busy or leisurely family life inside the window. After about 5.5 kilometers of urban road and slow climbing, you are entering the forest pathway of great escalation. After running through the path in the jungle of 3 kilmeters, you will enter large areas of meadow. When the horizon becomes wide, you can look back. As night falls, Tengchong is ablaze with lights. Now you can appreciate the beautiful view of small town of Tengchong, which was ablaze with lights and slowly fading away, and you feel quite delighted for the natural chirping and fresh air around you. Now you can run heartily in the open meadow and look up at the starlit sky. After 3 kilometers of meadow, the athletes reach the Dongshan meadow. The starry sky and the lake scenery set each other off and please enjoy the delicious food and energy supply. Take a break and go on running!
III. Cp1 Dongshan meadow-cp2 Bawan Bay crossing
Pavement composition: 0.1km of artificial pavement, 6.2km of natural pavement and 0km of staircase.
Closing time: no
Suggested longest time: 01h 06m
Running advice: turn to the north at the lakeside, and continue to run on the vast prairie. Imagine yourself as a wild horse on the prairie, and you gallop like a stallion! Now, you are leaving behind the bustle and hustle in the city, and entering a world of chirping crickets, fresh breeze blowing gently, brilliant starry sky, babbling intermountain stream and lamps and candles of families in the mountain village partly hidden and partly visible. After running about 4km in the relatively flat meadow, now you are entering the jungle. This stage is mainly composed of pinewood, a wildly planted wood in Yunnan. In the lonely night, you can listen to the music or just take off the earphone to appreciate the sound of wind in the pinewood and enjoy the extraordinary journey. After running 2.3km in the mountain, you will reach cp2 Bawan Bay crossing. Bawan Bay is a natural village in the easten of Tengyue Town, also the only village which must be passed of ancient silk road. In cp2, you can drink some clearwater or go to toilet.The staff of command center of organization Committee can exactly know that you are entering the station and the lingering time.
IV. cp2Bawan Bay-cp3Tangjia Mountain
Pavement composition: 0km of artificial pavement, 8.5km of natural pavement and 0km of staircase.
Closing time: no
Suggested longest time: 01h 31m
Running advice: after simple supplies, you need to run on the crest line of about 2km. In this crest line, you can appreciate not only the vast ocean of stars, but also bits and pieces of villages dotting in the darkness. In all these villages live the most unsophisticated people of ethnic Han and minorities. People living here are good at singing and dancing and they are of gracious hospitality. If you pass by the house of some fellow villager, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the hot tea. After finishing the crest line of 2km, the stages are intermountain gentle slopes, which lasts until the station of cp3 Tangjia Mountain. At daytime, this racing track will be a scenery of too many beautiful things. You can catch sight of the piedmont of Gaoligong Mountain with a wild profusion of vegetation, which is getting closer and closer, and the mountaintop of pure white snow. On both sides of racing track, some are newly sown crops and newly ploughed intermountain farmland giving off faint scent of earth; some are neatly arranged Taiwania flousiana woods, and the Taiwania flousiana is budding, and you can smell the aroma in the night wind. After finishing the downhill path of about 6.5 kilometers, the athletes arrive at cp3 station of Tangjia Mountain. After drinking water and a short break, the athletes may resume the competition under the dim light of night.
V. Cp3 Tangjia Mountain-cp4 Longwen Bridge
Pavement composition: 3km of artificial pavement, 7.2km of natural pavement and 0km of staircase.
Closing time: 03: 00, 10 March
Suggested longest time: 01h 56m
Running advice: Now it is mid-night During the time, the athletes have to finish the most tiring and weary stage, and it is suggested that you partner with others. Of course, this stage includes the racing track that brings great experience. During the stage, the forms of racing track are varied, some are wavelike roads, flat sandy road, rugged mountain path, while some are path of the field or country road, and you can also see the crest lines, valley and brook, ancient stone bridge and simple wood bridge. After the proceeding of 7 kilometers, the athletes will arrive at the Bank of Dalong River. On the riverbank, there are large areas of farmland newly plowed and sown. Now you can hear the rumbling tides of Longjiang River and see the starlights reflected by the terraced fields, and under the dim light of night, you don’t know which one is sky, which one is farm. After arriving at cp4 Longwen Bridge, you have already finished 36.5km, and you can eat some foods and drink some water for energy supply. During the break, please take off the head lamp, and check whether the battery is enough for the lonely dark night or not; at the same time, you need to put on other mountaineering equipment, because you are entering the piedmont of Gaoligong Mountain, and there are continuous escalations and mountain paths ahead for your challenge. After short break and supplies, please resume the competition towards the piedmont. If you carry plastic wastes, please leave them in the trash can, because the garbage is strictly forbidden in the Gaoligong Mountain.
VI. Cp4 Longwen Bridge - cp5 Tangli Dam
Pavement composition: 0.2km of artificial pavement, 7km of natural pavement and 0km of staircase.
Closing time: no
Suggested longest time: 02h14m
Running advice: the supply is completed, and the equipment has been checked and replaced; the athletes may run towards the Gaoligong Mountain under the dim light of night and the sounds of roaring tides of Longjiang River. This is a jungle path of pure escalation, and it is suggested that, you partner with others. After the upward marching of about 7km, you will enter the village of Tangli Dam hidden in the piedmont, and arrive at cp 5depot. Till now, you have complete the entire distance of full marathon, and arrived at the place 43.7km from the starting point. On the road, you can appreciate some of old tea trees of over 100 years old, which will become the first Garden of Old Tea Trees in Tengchong --- Cuanlong Garden of Old Tea Trees. You don’t need to punch card at cp5, but please make sure that, your mobile phone and other equipment are under normal working condition; make sure that you carry full supply of water and energy replenishment, because after this station, you will enter the remote Gaoligong Mountain; this racing track is 15km in length, with the escalation of 1185m. The most challenging part is that, some of racing tracks aren’t covered by the communication signal. At the same time, most of racing tracks arent accessible to the motor vehicle.
VII. Cp5 Tangli Dam - cp6 Dahaoping
Pavement composition: 2km of artificial pavement, 13km of natural pavement and 0km of staircase.
Closing time: 09: 45, 10 March
Suggested longest time: 04h20m
Running advice: cp5 Tangli Dam, please make sure that, your mobile phone and other equipment are under normal working condition; make sure that the water and energy replenishment are sufficient. This will be one of most challenging stages after your departure, and the stage featured by the longest distance, greatest escalation and most complicated and changeable stage. From Cp5, after running through the wide mountain path of 1km, the athletes will enter the mountain paths of remote Gaoligong Mountain. These mountain paths are only accessible to one person, and if you partner with others, please run in tandem. It is forbidden to dash around madly or push other team members. After running upward about 1.5km, choose the right downward path of crossway to enter the first valley, and by going downward along the mountain path, you can hear the babbling of mountain creeks partly hidden and partly visible. After running about 2 kilometers, the athlete arrives at the place near the valley. Because there is little sunlight deep in the jungle, the road of racing track is quite slippery. Please be careful and watch out, and it is suggested that the fellow travelers help each other. Of course, the Organization Committee will arrange staff on the racing track to ensure your personal safety. After crossing the brook, you are on the super mountain path which is most deep and serene, and featured by the virgin forest. After running through the mountain path of about 2.5km, you will arrive at the relatively flat piedmont of Gaoligong Mountain and head south. You can’t imagine that, in the dense virgin forest of a wild profusion of vegetation, there are large areas of alpine meadows spreading all over the land. The wild flowers on the meadow are in full bloom, and what a picturesque view! After running through the large area of forest grassland, about 2km later, the racing track takes a sudden turn leading to another deep and serene valley. When you reach the valley, you will pass by the foot of waterfall, and experience the most thrilling stage. The waterfall is a cascading waterfall, and the water falls from the Stone cliff layer by layer. After passing by the waterfall, you need to run on the mountain path around the mountain and then about 4km later, you will arrive at another tiny village, Henghe, in the piedmont. Now, it is already early morning, you can appreciate birds twitter and fragrance of flowers, and you can see smoke curling up from kitchen chimneys on the cloudy and misty verdant remote mountain. It is a brand new day, and please go on running, and you will arrive at Dahaoping station for the breakfast after running through the Stilwell Road which is only 3km in length.
VIII. Cp6 Dahaoping-cp7 Taipingpu
Pavement composition: 0.2km of artificial pavement, 8km of natural pavement and 0km of staircase.
Closing time: no
Suggested longest time: 02h28m
Running advice: cp 6 Dahaoping station is the first major depot of racing track. Here, you can receive all kinds of supplies (including the supplies of hot food), and you can change equipment, consign your bags, and you can lie in bed and take a good rest (by the closing time, the staff will wake you up), and you can also see your family members. When you eat and drink your fill, and get everything ready, now let’s start out journey once again. Start the most existing experience in your life. Also, don’t forget to punch card before you leave the station.
After leaving cp6 station, you need to go back (pay attention to the road sign) for about 100 meters, and take a turn towards the right and enter the ancient silk road that has a history of 2400 years, and then you can go upward and to the remote Gaoligong Mountain. You may have a close contact with the history, and the slabstone of 2400 years old and the horseshoe print on the slabstone that can be dated back to 2400 years ago are good evidences of tea-horse trade culture and prosperous goods exchanges with foreign countries. By crossing the acient road made of slabstone of about 3km, now you are arriving at the ancient town of Pinghe. The ancient town of Pinghe is a trade route relics that witnesses the prosperity long times ago, where you can still observe the towering ancient wall, and the wild flowers all over the mountains and plains. Although the wild flower and garden are quite beautiful, they are the intermountain wet land, so do not step into the flowering shrubs. By crossing Pinghe ancient town along the racing track, the athletes will enter the legendary “Sea of Azalea”. The azalea is the brightest color hidden in Gaoligong Mountain (Gaoligong Mountain isn’t simply about a wild profusion of vegetation.) In march, when the azalea is in full bloom, you will be indulged in the scenery of early morning on the ancient path and the sea of flowers on both sides. After passing through the sea of flowers which is about 2km in length, you will arrive the site of highest elevation during this Stage -- Fengkou Stele, that has an elevation of 2550m. The path on the left is leading to Baoshan - Dali, which is an component of ancient path of Yongchang. However, you must see the road sign clearly, and keep on moving on towards the right inside ahead. Still, the racing track here is of ancient path (Taiping Ancient Road); covered by azalea, the road is part of deep jungle. Along the wavelike ancient path made of slabstone, about 3km later, you will pass by the site of ancient humans of Huangzhupu and arrive at Taipingpu Beacon Tower. Taipingpu is the relic of ancient smoke tower liad by three blocks of stones, and it is an important component of ancient path and courier station. It has a history of more than 600 years, and it is of great historical and cultural value. About 500 meters later, you will arrive at cp 7 Taipingpu station。
IX. Cp7 Taipingpu -cp8 No. 81 Boundary Tablet
Pavement composition: 0km of artificial pavement, 6.3km of natural pavement and 0km of staircase.
Closing time: 14: 15, 10 March
Suggested longest time: 02h14m
Running advice：cp7 Taipingpu-cp8 No. 81 Boundary Tablet are located in Stilwell Road, with the interval distance of 6.3km. All of the roads are paved with heros gravels more than seventy years ago. The Stilwell Road is paved by the local people during the World War II, through which more than 50, 000 tons of badly needed materials are sent to the battlefield of China, and this road is known as “anti-Japanese lifeline”. This section was named after the Stilwell, military chief-of-staff designated by USA to Chinese National Government. Nowadays, this road of peace hidden in the deep jungle of Gaoligong Mountain has become the favorite place of worldwide military enthusiasts, history, culture and cultural relics and outdoor enthusiasts. After 6.3km, you will arrive at cp 8 No. 81 Boundary Tablet, that is, the Beautiful Crest Line with both virgin forest and wide horizon.
X. Cp8 No. 81 Boundary Tablet -cp9 Sanjiebei
Pavement composition: 0km of artificial pavement, 11.4km of natural pavement and 0km of staircase.
Closing time: no
Suggested longest time: 02h56m
Running advice: starting from No. 81 Boundary Tablet, the athlete will be on the crest line, and you may appreciate the sea of flowers or the roaring tides of two rivers (Nujiang River is in the left side of crest line, where three parallel rivers converge, and it is World Natural Heritage, and Longjiang River is located on the right side of crest line; both rivers possess very rich drifting resource), and you will feel like flying in the sky. After running through the super mountain path of crest line of about 5km, you will reach the highest place of entire racing track (the elevation is 2674m), that is, Buddhist Temple. Buddhist Temple is the cultural relic site of Ming Dynasty of China, and it is of great historical research value; meanwhile, it is one of most beautiful sites of racing tracks. By going downward along the crest line of about 6km, you will reach cp 9 Stele of Three Realms station. Stele of Three Realms is the junction point of three administrative regions, that is, Longyang District, Longling County and Tengchong City of Baoshan City. Stele of Three Realms is the natural park of Gaoligong Mountain, and it is the first national natural park, and it is an ideal place for entertainment, tourism and natural scientific investigation of animal and plant.
XI. Cp9 Sanjiebei- cp10 Gangou Forest Protection Station
Pavement composition: 2.5km of artificial pavement, 4.7km of natural pavement and 0km of staircase.
Closing time: no
Suggested longest time: 01h48m
Running advice: cp9 Stele of Three Realms is the south end of entire racing track, and it is the turning point of entire racing track. Along the racing track signs, after runing through the mountain path of about 1.5km and the stone road of 1.5km, you will reach a village known as “Small Place”-Xiaodifang. After crossing the village, you will head north and arrive at ranger stations, that is, cp10 Gangou Forest Protection Station, where you can obtain the supplies of clearwater.
XII. Cp10 Gangou Forest Protection Station - cp11Gongguan Mansion
Pavement composition: 0km of artificial pavement, 8km of natural pavement and 0km of staircase.
Closing time: no
Suggested longest time: 02h03m
Running advice: after a short break, move on. Please look out the racing track signs, and you will enter the deep Bamboo Sea by running along the path hidden near the pond. After entering the Bamboo Sea, you will find that the racing track is extending forward along the wavelike massif overgrown by bamboo. Because all the massifs look quite similar, please move on along the racing track signs, and it is forbidden to leave the scope of racing track.And of course,you must take care of the broken bamboos .After running through the Bamboo Sea of 3km, you will still be deep in the jungle. About 5km later, you will reach cp 11 GongguanMansion.
XIII. Cp11 GongguanMansion -cp12 Qiaojie
Pavement composition: 1.3km of artificial pavement, 9km of natural pavement and 0km of staircase.
Closing time: 00: 00, 11 March
Suggested longest time: 02h58m
Running advice: from cp 11, you need to run through the unsurfaced road in the forest about 6km in length and then you will arrive at Bamboo Sheathing Store villages. This section is quite wavelike, and please keep your physical strength balanced. As Xu Xiake, as the great traveler of Ming Dynasty has said, “from Fenshuiguan, there are much rainfalls, while it becomes sunny when I reach Bamboo Sheathing Store. There are several stores on both sides, and I find a venison seller, so I buy some venison for cook. Then, I move on and travel 1.5km, and I arrive at Chaan. I travelled another 2.5km, and reach piedmont, and I find the terraced fields on the slope.” He described the attractive local conditions and customs. After 4km downward from Bamboo Sheathing Store, you will be on the country unsurfaced road and cement road, and then you will reach cp12 Qiaojie.
Cp 12 Qiaojie is a major depot, and it is of lowest elevation in the racing track, and its elevation is only 1261m. Here, you can receive all kinds of supplies (including the supplies of hot food), and you can change equipment, consign your bags, and you can lie in bed and take a good rest (by the closing time, the staff will wake you up), and you can also see your family members.
Old Bridge of Qiaojie, an ancient chain bridge that has a history of 600 years, which crosses the Longjiang River. Although it has gone through the wind and frost, it is still full of vigor and magnificent, which is just like the flood dragon.
XIV. Cp12 Qiaojie - cp13 Machang Village
Pavement composition: 0.5km of artificial pavement, 8.7km of natural pavement and 0km of staircase.
Closing time: no
Suggested longest time: 03h12m
Running advice: after receiving supplies and taking break in Qiaojie, you can cross the ancient bridge and head westward; after crossing the garden of 2.5km, you will enter the Ganlan Village. Ganlan Village is an important place of ancient silk road of Tengchong, and its geographical location is quite important, which looks like the fish backbone. With the wide view, it is easy to hold but hard to attack, so has an important strategic position in the ancient military. The beautiful scene in a good day and dark ancient paths under the pen of Xu Xiake are distributed between the villages, which gives off the aroma of history. After leaving the Ganlan Village, it is ancient path and mountain path with slopes, and after you go through Ganlu Temple, and run for about 7km, then you will arrive at cp 13 Machang Village.
XV. Cp13 Machang Village - cp14 Sunaohe Reservoir
Pavement composition: 0.5km of artificial pavement, 7.3km of natural pavement and 0km of staircase.
Closing time: no
Suggested longest time: 02h14m
Running advice: from cp 13 Machang Village to cp14 Sunaohe Reservoir, you will see the flowers of tea-oil trees all over the mountains and plains. March is the month when the camellia blooms. On the mountain in the distant, the farmland nearby and on both sides of small paths, there are brilliant red flower of tea-oil trees. At night, the scent of flowers assails the nostrils; at daytime, you can take pictures freely. Dandang Monk, a famous monk poet in Yunnan, has wrote a poem about the camellia, “all plants struggle to come out in spring, camellia stands out from others in the Yunnan.”The bright flames on the trees are shining the sky and the snow that has not melted completely remains burning.” This poem describes the beautiful and grand scene of camellia. Camellia oil is rich in a variety of human amino acids, and it is a rare natural edible vegetable oil. The varied camellia retains the natural properties of the mother plant, and the smell and aroma that the flower gives off is good for the human respiratory system.
This section is sandy road, and you will feel like being in the heaven when running in the sea of flowers of 7.8km.
XVI. Cp14 Sunaohe Reservoir - cp15 Yongle
Pavement composition: 0km of artificial pavement, 12.9km of natural pavement and 0km of staircase.
Closing time: 8: 45, 11 March
Suggested longest time: 03h20m
Running advice: from Sunaohe Reservoir, after running through the dam of reservoir, you will reach the brook by running downward along the intermountain unsurfaced road, and then you will arrive at the foot of the hill along the brook. This path is about 3km in length. At the foot of mountain, please pay attention to road sign, and then move on along the left side and you will arrive at cp 15 Yongle station after running through the super mountain path of 10km. Cp15 Yongle station is a major depot. Here, you can receive all kinds of supplies (including the supplies of hot food), and you can change equipment, consign your bags, and you can lie in bed and take a good rest (by the closing time, the staff will wake you up), and you can also see your family members. Get yourself fully prepared for the final 20km and sprint to the end point!
XVII. Cp15 Yongle -cp16 Li Chai Dam
Pavement composition: 0.5km of artificial pavement, 7km of natural pavement and 0km of staircase.
Closing time: no
Suggested longest time: 02h12m
Running advice: From cp15 Yongle station, the athlete crosses the village of Yongle village, and feels the passion of people. After 500 meters, the athletes enter the deep jungle immediately. Deep in the pinewood, the super small path extends at the foot of mountain. The Qiluo traditional historic village is partly hidden and partly visible, and Wenchang Palace is quietly located in the village. The Li Chai Dam village is located behind the mountain cp 16.
Ancient Qiluo town: Qiluo is divided into upper Qiluo, middle Qiluo and lower Qiluo. It is a famous home town of overseas Chinese, and it has beautiful scenery and long history, where men of talent come out in succession. The people here are simple and honest, and it is a famous country of culture in Tengchong. Qiluo is named because the rivers in front is like a belt and silk, and according to “Inscriptional Record of Wenchang Palace”, Qiluo is “a green river flowing from the east, and it is just like the belt.”
The lanes of Ancient Qiluo town are vertically and horizontally arranged, and when you enter it, you will feel the mild and decorous style of the small town. The resident here is living according to their family name, and the lanes are formed naturally. The roads are paved with 1-3 lines of slabstones, and the roads have never been muddied in rainy seasons. The air is quite fresh after the rain in the little town. In the border town, Qiluo is a famous home town of overseas Chinese; the people are simple and honest, and human and nature coexist in harmony.
There are many cultural relics in Ancient Qiluo town, and there was a saying of “one palace, two temples and five ancestral temples,” that is, Wenchang Palace, Shuiying temple, Jinglan temple, Qingqi Lis ancestral temple, “jade tiger” Lis ancestral temple (destroyed), Yins ancestral temple and Duans ancestral temple, and most of them are architectures of ming and qing dynasties, and they become ancestral living fossil of Ancient Qiluo town. On the 12nd year of Emperor Cong Zhen(1639), on the 4th, 5th, 7th and 9th day of May, Xu Xiake spent the night in the former home of Li Hubian located in jade tiger lane; there are also former home and tomb of Li Zhenguo, a great soldier of anti-british war during the reign of GuangXu of Qing Dynasty, and “Stele of Three Lis”written by Mr. Yu Youren, senior statesman of Kuo Min Tang. All these cultural relics and historic sites are consentrated in the residential area of lower Qiluo village of less than one squre kilometer, and its high density is quite rare.
The serene and beautiful ancient Qiluo town is quite worthy of the name. Bridge, water, tree, house, black brick, Green tile and double eaves, what is picture of pastoral style! Qiluo - perhaps it is the vision of local people for the life!
XVIII. cp16 Li Chai Dam - cp17 Qingyazhuang
Pavement composition: 0km of artificial pavement, 6.2km of natural pavement and 0km of staircase.
Closing time: 12: 15, 11 March
Suggested longest time: 01h 31m
Running advice: from cp 16 Li Chai Dam, the athletes will arrive at cp 17 Qingyazhuang station on the Rehai Road after running straightly for about 6KM along the super small path of ridge. During the stage, you can catch a sight of city panorama, and behold the passenger planes to and fro, taking off and landing the Tuofeng Airport. The busy Tuofeng airline nowadays has become a bridge of friendship of Chinese people and the people of other countries.
XIX. Cp17 Qingyazhuang - end point: Heshun ancient town
Pavement composition: 2km of artificial pavement, 4.9km of natural pavement and 0km of staircase.
Closing time: 14: 00, 11 March
Suggested longest time: 01h52m
Running advice: a last spurt From Qingyazhuang, the athlete needs to cross the Rehai Road and run through the super mountain path at the urban fringe of 3km, and arrive at the ancient town of Bajiao Pass. The athlete will arrive at Heshun ancient town along the ancient path of Bajiao Pass, and run through the landmarks such as the cross street, Heshun library, and Heshun alley and so on, and head towards the end, Yuanlong Pavilion. When you arrive at Heshun ancient town, there are beautiful sceneries and cultures as well as tourists everywhere; please dont indulged yourself in the beautiful sceneries, and it suggested that you take you time to appreciate the small town when you arrive at the end point safely.
XX. End point: Heshun ancient town, Yuanlong Pavilion
Closing time: 14: 00, 11 March
Heshun ancient town is named “Heshun”as there is a small river flowing around the village and all the houses of town are built from east to north around the mountain, slowly escalating and extending two or three kilometers. The small town in the valley is featured by the exquisite old construction, moist weather, gentle and polite locals, simply and busy life. When you enter Heshun, you are stepping into a cultural maze. On the ancient Volcanic Tableland, thousands of featured folk houses are built near the mountain and by the river, and row upon row of houses reflect the mottled years and rich cultural flavor from the gestures and expressions of residents here. Located in the critical place of the Ancient Tea Horse Road, in Heshun, a place of long history, in the late Qing Dynasty and the early Republic of China, someone went to the west along the Ancient Tea Horse Road and did business in countries such India, Burma and Nepal and so on. Therefore, the town of Heshun is also known as “home town of overseas Chinese.”Influenced by western culture and ideas, after they made fortune, they would not only build a nice house, but also purchased great volumes of books and magazines in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu and so on and they even imported books from foreign countries. They established Heshun library, and spread the most advanced ideology and culture to the borderland, trying to influence the young men of Heshun; Ai Siqi, the most influential philosopher of modern China was born in Heshun. With hundreds of years of cultural deposits, Heshun town has become the famous town in the western Yunan of China.
Heshun ancient town is one of most representative town in Tengchong. Heshun ancient town is quite different from other ancient towns, because it is much more serene, natural and primitive and less commercial. With the picturesque views of beautiful mountains and clear waters, the town is of antique beauty and serenity; as Mr. Li Genyuan praised Heshun, “the faraway mountains tower into the sky while the nearby water is wavering unhurried; Heshun, at the foot of Wanjia Slope, is much better than Suzhou and Hangzhou.” Therefore, Heshun is a land of idyllic beauty.
Heshun ancient town is a place with stories, and its greatest feature is that, the traditional architectural style has preserved completely. Meanwhile, its natural environment is quite superior, and Heshun has a long history of culture and distinctive geomorphological features as well s amazing architectural style. People here are deeply influenced by Confucianism, and they follow the tradition and advocate knowledge, and they value education and heritage of the ancient culture of the Central Plains. The minority culture is combined with the essence of foreign cultures to form a regional culture of Heshun characteristics. Perhaps, this is the charm of Heshun.
By strolling about on the long street of Heshun ancient town, you may fill your mind with a myriad of thoughts and ideas, and you will marvel at the wisdom of laboring people by understanding the history and appreciating the old constructions. This isn’t just about the ancient houses, folk’s home, rivers and brooks, arrangement of stone bridge, but also about the essence that the history endows the town with. After experiencing the years past, or just with a few words, the numerous historical sites have created the multicoloured facets of human and great monument. However, what is unfolding in front of us is a transcendent realm, not for show off, but a national expression. Therefore, it is worthing our praise and admiration.
Summary: from the start point of Wenzhi Guangchang Square, you need to go deep into the Gaoligong Mountain, and after the travel of 160 kilometers, you will reach Heshun ancient town. It is an unparalleled road of nature and culture. There are many magical natural wonders, mysterious ecological species and diverse and solemn history and culture as well as ethnic groups, so there are too many things to see. This will be definitely a journey that can’t be missed. On this racing track, in the name of cross-country, you can return to nature, explore the unknown world and remote history and culture to salute the peace.
It isn’t simply a racing track, but also a road to your heart, a road to find
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