BRIEF INTRODUCTION Stone Village lies in Yujia Township of Jingxing County, 50 kilometers southwest of Shijiazhuang. There are more than 4,000 stone houses, more than 3,700-meter-long flagstone street, more than l,000 stone wells and vaults, and more than 200 stelae. Stone attics and pavilions, stone tables and chairs, stone grinders and millstones, and stone bridges and railings can be seen everywhere, which makes people surprised. The original name of Stone Village is " Yujia Village ". Because most of the 1iving appliances are made of stone, it is called Stone Village. According to legend, the villagers of Yujia Village are the descendants of Yu Qian, an important courtier of the Ming Dynasty. Yu Youdao, the second son of Yu Qian, together with his wife fled from a calamity and came here. They multiplied and lived in the mountain, and built the village from nothing. The bulidings in the Ming and Qing Dynasties are still in good condition.
The more than 300 siheyuans (quadrangle, a courtyard with houses on four sides) are different from one another and each has its own romantic charm. The most representative one is the stone building siheyuan, built during the reign of the Ming Emperor Tianqi. It covers an area of 2 mu, and is divided into the east yard and the west yard. The north side of the house in the siheyuan is high and the South Side is low. The whole courtyard is grand and magnificent. According to legend, 12 men from this courtyard became Xiucai in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Though the houses in Stone Village are different in size, every household is clean and tidy. There are pomegranate trees, cherry-apple trees, mountain flowers and grotesque stones in the courtyard. outside the houses, there are stone loops and iron loops, used to tie the cattle.
TOURIST GUIDE Qingliang Pavilion in the village is worth seeing. According to legend, it was built in the 9th year of the reign of the Ming Emperor Wanli. The two stories below are stone structure and the one story above is brick and wood structure. Its shape is similar to the embrasured watchtower at Qianmen in Beijing. It’s amazing that the two stories below have no base, but were made of large stones one by one. You can stay here for more days, because it is quite a different sort of life to stay in peasants’ houses, have the meals cooked by peasants and do some farm work.
SERVICES Many hotels, restaurants and domestic inns, which serve you with board and lodging.
HOW TO GET THERE Drive southward along Beijing-Shenzhen Expressway, proceed to Shijiazhuang-Taiyuan Expressway at Shitai Exit, get off at Cangyanshan Exit, proceed to Pingshe Road, drive southward and turn right at Xibaishan Village, drive a long the tourist road to get there. If you go to Shijiazhuang, get off at Shijiazhuang Station, and then take a regular sightseeing bus at Dongfang Bus Station at No.358 Xinhua West Road.
TELEPHONES Stone Village: 86-311-82396071
Jingxing County Tourist Bureau: 86-311-82022630