Text and photographs by Lin Dihuan
Southern Jiangxi Province’s Wuyuan County, widely reputed as “the most beautiful countryside in China,” has used its notoriety to evolve into a favorite tourist destination. Many of the county’s once-serene villages, especially those in the east, have transformed into bustling tourist destinations with visitors from all over the world. However, Likeng Village in the northern tip remains the same as it was centuries ago, thanks in part to its natural protection from mountains.
When I traveled to Huizhou, a historic destination in Anhui Province, I stopped for several days in Wuyuan, which was near the halfway point of my journey. I ended up spending most of the time in Likeng, where I discovered a relaxing environment rarely matched elsewhere.
After breakfast, I lounged on a roadside stone bench reading a book titled The Ming History as the morning haze from the surrounding hills blanketed the village. White walls and black tiles of local residences were complemented by a placid brook meandering through the village to compose a traditional ink and wash painting before my eyes. I became immersed in the beautiful scenery while reading my book about centuries past and lost track of time as the hours flew by.......