Xiamei Ancient Village
Xiameicun, a village 4 kilometers east of the Wuyi Mountain resort, is located along the lower reaches of the Meixi River, from which it’s name-Xiamei-is derived. Xia means the lower reaches, while cun means village. Dating back to the Neolithic Age, man began living here at Xiamei Village. Due its long history, traditional culture still has a high reputation in this village. It is the flowing Meixi Dangxi rivers, its ancient streets, lanes, wells, docks, houses and markets as well as the simple customs that make Xiamei Village a typical southern Chinese village.
Xiamei is a small village that has prospered from its tea trade. It is also an important part of the cultural and natural heritage of Wuyi Mountain. As the earliest tea market in the area, the village has experienced the boom in tea trade. Houses from the Qing dynasty have been preserved to this day. The beautiful and magnificent Zou Family Temple features carvings made of brick, stone and wood. It is a fine example of local ancient architecture. Bricks and wood constitute the main structure of the civilian houses. The architecture spaces are enlarged by adding girders and reducing pillars. The houses are usually 3 rows with 2 yards or 4 rows with 3 yards. The cabinet is in the east of the houses and the wing-room is in the west. The high firewalls erected beside the houses are testimony to the villagers. Many of those firewalls have been painted in two consecutive layers that are still lavish and vivid several hundred years later. One stands and marvels at the superb skills of those craftsmen of and their highly developed sense of color.
Xiamei is a quintessential village in Wuyi area. From the slow pace to smiley face, everything seems simple yet heart-warming.
Well-preserved ancient buildings are the highlights of many villages in Wuyi. Surely, the grandest of all is always the ancestral hall.
The ancestral hall of Zou family in Xiamei is a building that exemplifies the architectural achievement of the area in Ming and Qing Dynasty. The prosperity back then could be attributed to the thriving tea business.
Listening to the typical southern drizzle, sipping tea with old granny here, it's almost like time machine has sent me back to couple hundred years ago in Qing Dynasty. And judging from the intricate wood carvings, stone carvings, this house definitely belonged to a high- ranking official at the time.
Some of the decorations are only to be found in such families.
There is always a certain good wish behind each pattern, such as passing imperial exams and getting promoted, or having longevity and lots of kids. Some designs were taken after the traditional operas of auspicious meaning.
Around 30 ancient buildings built couple hundred years ago are still well in existence now in Xiamei village.
In ancient time, this part was considered the far side of China because Fujian was never the center of prosperity two thousand years ago. At the time, the capital city Chang'an was located way up north. But can you imagine that right in this area, a capital city of an ancient Kingdom was excavated. And judging from those tiles, and the structure of this whole kingdom relic, their civilization has reached a certain high level. So follow me to check out some of the cool details in the ancient Minyue Kingdom relics. Every morning, all the officials would come in from that end of the palace to report to their king. And they would follow some strict rules before coming into the main palace. Such as taking baths, and changing into official robes. And lastly, they would kneel down before their great king.
Go around: Take minibus or bus in the downtown of Wuyishan and get off at Xiamei, the fare is 3 RMB. There are buses from Wuyi Mountain Resort to Xiamei in every five minutes and the fare is 3 RMB. The fare of charter midibus is 30 RMB.