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Mengshan Hometown of Longevity

 2014-01-10    Ada    Sights    Guangxi    1501  

Recently, in the first "Beautiful China" national contest, Mengshan county featured eco-tourism won the honorary titles of "most beautiful eco-tourism demonstration counties", “Chinese middle-aged health base" and "Chinese longevity" with its superior natural environment, unique tourism landscape resources, rich historical and cultural heritage. That explains why there are lots of visitors coming to this little unknown town instead of other famous tour destinations during their precious leisure time.

Although similar to Guilin and Yangshuo with attractive karst scenery, potential for outdoor activities, such as caving, rafting, climbing and mountain biking, Mengshan does not have any significant tourist industry or infrastructure. However, that doesn’t mean there is no place for sightseeing in Mengshan. Tianshu Canyon is located 5 kilometers east of Mengshan town. Tianshu Canyon has impressive stone formations and natural waterfalls.

Local people in Mengshan enjoy longer lives for some reason, for example, the less polluted air and water. Riding a bike and wandering across every single street, and taking a deep breath, the feeling will be strange but appealing if you get used to the air in big cities. And you’ll find many old people talking and laughing everywhere.

Located 13 kilometers east of Mengshan Town is San Chong Historic Battle Ground. The site of a battle on April 8, 1852 during the Tai Ping Rebellion. The Taiping Rebellion was a massive civil war in southern China from 1850 to 1864, against the ruling Manchu-led Qing Dynasty. It was a millenarian movement led by Hong Xiuquan, who announced that he had received visions in which he learned that he was the younger brother of Jesus. At least 20 million people died, mainly civilians, in one of the deadliest military conflicts in history.

Hong established the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom with its capital at Nanjing. The Kingdom's army controlled large parts of southern China, at its height ruling about 30 million people. The rebel agenda included social reforms such as shared "property in common," equality for women, and the replacement of Confucianism, Buddhism and Chinese folk religion with their form of Christianity. Because of their refusal to wear the queue, Taiping combatants were nicknamed "Longhairs" by the Qing government, which besieged the Taiping armies throughout the rebellion. The Qing government eventually crushed the rebellion with the aid of French and British forces. In the 20th century, Sun Yat-sen, founder of the Chinese Nationalist Party, looked on the rebellion as an inspiration, and Chinese leader Mao Zedong glorified the Taiping rebels as early heroic revolutionaries against a corrupt feudal system.

Yao ethnic minority group in Changping County has special customs, adding more charm to Mengshan. Yao people in Changping enjoy a more traditional atmosphere owing to the relatively undeveloped transportation. Diligent Yao female are good at needlework. Even the old female with snow white hair are doing great in making beautiful Yao clothes. Watching them sewing is more likely a kind of showing respect for ancient Chinese art.

Mengshan is a place where most visitors love to rest for the remaining lives. If you are busying experiencing glorious moments in your lives, take a rest in Mengshan, and it will refill you with full energy to face various challenges.

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