Putou Village is an ancient village located in Jiangfang Township, Chengbu Miao Autonomous County. A pristine stream meanders through the village and nurture people living there for a thousand years. In the village stand more than 100 ancestral temples, ancient senior officials’ residences, and merchants’ mansions. Folk handicrafts such as wood carving, stone carving, ceramic inlay, and colored drawing can be seen everywhere, making buildings exquisite and antique.
A number of ancient buildings have been well preserved in the village, including Huolong Bridge built in the 24th year of Emperor Guanxu’s reign, Feishan Temple in the early Southern Song Dynasty by an architect surnamed Yang, Chenghuang Temple in the 2nd year of Emperor Kangxi’s reign, and a stone arch bridge in Ming and Qing dynasties.
Prof. Tang Wenlin, a folklorist from Shaoyang University, stated that the scale of the ancient Putou Village is rarely seen in Hunan. Its perfect combination of beautiful scenery and well-preserved ancient buildings win itself better research and protection value. Moreover, the village is of great cultural significance. He proposed to include it in the cultural relic list under provincial protection, so as to let more people know about it.
Location: Putou Village, Chengbu Miao Autonomous County, Shaoyang City
How to get there from Changsha:Changsha South Bus Station-Chengbu North Bus Station-Putou Village(About 6.5 hours in total)