Jiangdong Gingko Village is located in the southeast of the Gudong Town in the northern part of Tengchong City. There are over 2,000 acres of the ancient gingko trees growing in the village, hence the name. The village has 820 households containing 3773 villagers.
The village has the gingko planting history for a long time. Currently, there are over 3,000 gingko trees growing in the village. Of them, 50 trees are over 500 years old and 70 trees are over 400 years old.
It is almost the largest, the most intensive and ancient gingko forest ever found in Yunnan Province. The gingko forest nestles among the mountains and cottages, which makes the village quainter. During October and December, the ubiquitous golden gingko leaves turn the village into a yellow fairyland.
In this village, the gingko is not only a kind of fruit but also represents “harmony.” So many gingko trees grow and thrive in front of or behind the farm houses. Because of the fertile and special volcanic ash soil in the village, the gingkoes grown here are white and bright, fragrant and luscious, round and large, which belong to the top-class ones.
From a long distance, people can see the quite unique view of the village. When the golden autumn comes, the ginkgo seeds hang on the trees. The falling leaves dance in the air and the small roads of the village will be fully covered by the golden leaves. The villagers often call these scenes as the “golden carpet” and “autumn decoration,” which are attractive and beautiful.
According to the historical records, during the Yuan Dynasty when Tengchong established the government, Gudong once set up the Shunjiang Prefecture, which still exists now.
Due to the unique location advantages, in the long-term foreign cultural exchange process, the traditional culture of the Central Plains and the local ethnic culture exchange creates the unique folk arts. The Liujiazhai shadow puppets, Dongjing, Xingyang paper umbrellas, and Shunjiang folk songs are the most featured ones. In May 2000, the town was awarded as the "Hometown of Chinese Folk Art".