Likeng, the Most Attractive Village in Jiangxi Province

By Mary Bai

Likeng Village was called Litian fifty years ago. It is located in the township of Wuyuan County in Jiangxi Province. It is famous for the beautiful landscape, profound culture and long history. Many Chinese TV series were shot there. In some literary works Likeng is described as a romantic place where their story happens.

 

The village was initially established during the late Song Dynasty (960AD – 1279AD) at a time when reading was the prevailing activity among the villagers. The people who lived there advocated the doctrines of Zhu Xi, who is the leading figure of the most influential rationalist Neo-Confucian in China. Scholars often refer to the village as the “Origin of Neo-Confucianism”.

 

 

For hundreds of years, this remote locale has walked out a large number of remarkable people who have made advancements in Chinese society. As a small village covering an area of less than 1200m2, Likeng has produced 36 county magistrates who have achieved a seventh rank or higher, 16 Jinshi (people who passed all three examinations administered by the government) and 92 members of China’s literati. To date, the village has produced up to 592 volumes of writing, of which 78 volumes have been listed in the “Authorized Books”. Many ancient buildings in Likeng have been well-preserved over the years.

 

 

Except for the cultural and historical value, Likeng also gets well-known for its beautiful natural scenery. The Village is surrounded by rape flower fields. Each year during late March to early May, rape flower blossom to the best, seen from a high view, the whole village is like a fairyland covered by thick frog. These years as photographic tour is increasing quickly in Wuyuan County, Likeng is becoming a hotter and hotter destination for its elegant and classic architecture. Enjoying the reputation for having the most beautiful rape flower field in China, the blooming flower scenery in Likeng attracts millions of tourists each year in spring.