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Taoping Qiang Village

 Aba Prefecture Attractions

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Introduction to Taoping Qiang Village (桃坪羌寨)

Taoping Qiang Village is 40 km to east of Li County and 180 km away from Chengdu. The buildings in the village are in typical Qiang Style. The houses are built according to the slope of the mountain. All the houses are connected to each other with secret pipes.

The mountain spring water can run through all the houses as water supply and heating system. It is also useful for fighting fire. When under attack, villagers won’t have to worry about the enemy cutting their water and the pipe can be used as escape tunnels. Qiang people have always been experts in dealing with water. Back in the Qin Dynasty, they already started to direct mountain water to the crop fields.

Taoping Villagers still keeps many practices of their ancestors from thousands years ago. The oldest building in the village was built two thousand years ago with mud and stone. It has been renovated and revived till nowadays. Watchtower is the symbolic building of the village. Today there are only two left and they are castle like buildings for defending purposes.

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Taoping Qiang Village, Li County, Sichuan Province

Shanhaiguan Great Wall

Main Sights

Qiang Architecture

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Travel Information

Admission: 60 Yuan

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1. Take a coach from West Gate Station in Chengdu to Maerkang or take a coach to Li County getting off at Taoping.

2. Take a coach at West Gate Station in Chengdu to Li County and then take a local bus to Taoping Qiang Village.

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Travel Tips 

1. The best to visit is from September to October.

2. There are temperature differences between day and night, it is advised tourists bring warm clothes. 

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