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“A 何 village” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Guodong Village

Guodong Village
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“A 何 village”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

If you are in WUYI, and have a few hours to kill, a visit without any pre conception might actually surprize you, the air there is wonderful in comparison to most places in China, we bought tickets and decided to also pay for a local guide 20rmb, btw the local guides speaks only mandarin. I was really happy that we have engage a guide as otherwise we will never have know the stories of this hidden away 何village,70% of the villagers have the surname 何 still. And in the past, the elders have decree that no one except the medicine man can access the lush forest surrounding the village, no one is allow to even pick the branches that drops, cut a brunch or a tree. If caught picking woods, a finger will be cut off and person expel from the village. Cutting a small tree, you will lose your hand...i think you get the idea. Thus the moment you arrive u can feel the lush and very beautiful forest surrounding this village. Visit soon, as like all good venues in China, it will be destroy when the masses start visiting.

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Greater Adelaide, Australia
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538 reviews
306 attraction reviews
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“Ruined by over-tourism”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

Promoted by the guidebooks as a lovely sleepy little village, the reality was a disappointment. Guodong village has now become over-commercialized, and the throngs of domestic tourists that flock through the streets have ruined the charm and serenity promised by the guidebooks.

Worth a visit if passing through on the way to somewhere else, but no need to go out of your way to visit.

Visited February 2014
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Brandon, Canada
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415 reviews
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“Quiet and ageless, with that lived-in look”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

What used to be an iconic symbol of China has become a well-worn village of no particular consequence. The several Taoist temples are in disuse and now being used for assembling Christmas decorations or storing furniture/equipment, The adjacent stream is plugged with plastic containers. The streets are littered with garbage. The mountains provide a gorgeous setting but the quaint village has 'matured'. So sad.

Visited September 2013
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