Nanping Village

Updated:Jul 09,2015 15:04 PM


Located 4 kilometers southwest to the town of Yixian County, Nanping village gets its name from the Nanping Mountain in the south of village which is like a protective barrier of Nanping village. With a history of over 1100 years, this intriguing and labyrinthine village is famed as the setting of Zhang Yimou's 1989 tragedy Judou and Ang Lee’s 2000 Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon. Thousands of villagers of Ye, Cheng and Li clans dwell in this village and till now eight well-preserved ancestral halls on behalf of family power still stand in Nanping.


Numerous ancient ancestral halls, clan shrines and merchant residences survive within Nanping's mazelike alleys. “Kuiguang Hall” and “Xuzhi Hall” are both magnificent constructions in the village, while “Shensi Hall” and “Bingling Hall” are constructed in simple and elegant styles. The Lao Yang Jia Ranfang residence that served as the principle household of dyer Gongli and her rapacious husband in Judou remains cluttered with props, and stills from the film hang from the walls.


Strolling in Nanping you can find ancient trees scattered anywhere and bridges of many years lie down silently, as if telling an old tale of the history. It is counted that there are 72 ancient allays, crossing one after another through walls and buildings. Everything seems to be endowed in mysterious atmosphere.