Caojiaowan Village [Photo by Candice]
Caojiaowan Village is an ancient Hakka settlement with more than 20 buildings of various kinds. These buildings are preserved from the Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China, which is about 200 years ago. The village is comprised of Deng’s Ancestral Temple, two study rooms, stone Weilou (a characteristic Hakka architecture), and new Weilou, occupying 10,000 square meters. About 400 inhabitants live in the village.
There is a relatively reliable record for the history of this village. Its oldest architecture is the Deng’s Ancestral Temple built in 1782 (the 47th year of Emperor Qianlong’s reign). Following is the stone Weilou which dates back to 1796 (the 1st year of Emperor Jiaqing’s reign).
There are 15 well preserved plaques from the Qing Dynasty. From these plaques we can learn that it is a tradition for the people in Caojiaowan Village to pay much attention to education.
Surrounded by mountains and forests, Caojiaowan Village has an attractive scenery. With all the special buildings and delicate decoration, it is definitely worthy of visiting.
Caojiaowan Village (曹角湾村)
Add.: Shangdong Village Committee, Xiaokeng Town, Qujiang District, Shaoguan (韶关市曲江区小坑镇上洞村委会)
(By Xiangyue, Monica)