Why Heshun Old Town is special
Tengchong was a vital pass on the South Silk Road that went through China's Sichuan and Yunnan, Myanmar, India etc, and Heshun is just nearby Guanma (Government Horse Caravan) Passage; therefore, people from Heshun took the golden opportunities to frequently go abroad, and famed their hometown.
The population of the Heshun residents living overseas is nearly twice that of living in Heshun; Heshun fellows could be found in more than ten countries including Myanmar, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Canada and U.S.A etc. Over the years, this legacy of international trade has put its stamp on the town.
Heshun Old Town Highlights
Located 4 km west to Tengchong County, Yunnan Province, Heshun is a traditional village surrounded by a river and built along the slope of a hill. Not as famous as the Dali Old Town or Lijiang Old Town, Heshun still has its own beauty with cobbled streets and old buildings.
‘Heshun’ means peace and harmony in Chinese, the town is indeed a quiet place with many traditional courtyards, pavilions, memorial halls, archways, and ponds. In the town, you could visit the Heshun Library, Museum of Yunnan-Burmese Anti-Japanese War, Heshun Lane, Wanlouzi Museum and some ancestral halls.
Along the river there are a dozen of pavilions which could tell you romantic stories. These pavilions are shelters built by husbands which could protect their wives from bad weather while washing clothes. As a tradition, most adult men in Heshun went abroad for business just after they got married. So they built the washing pavilions for their families.
If you are looking forward to a relaxing trip to Heshun, an overnight stay in a local guesthouse is a good choice. Most of guesthouses are traditional Chinese houses and courtyards. Some of them are hundreds years old but well preserved in the ancient style of Ming and Qing Dynasties.