I really enjoyed visiting Yújiācūn. Luckily for me the taxi driver didn't know the way and kept asking people on the way until 3 ladies jumped into the taxi before I knew it! They were from the village and when we arrived one of them, with her daughter showed me all around the village. It was so nice to get such a warm and welcoming tour. The village itself is amazing with all the buildings and roads literally made of stone!
A 600 yr old village not maintained as you think an attraction to be for tourist. people are living as they did 600 yrs ago. Farm animals roam free, some houses are roofless and dirt floors. there is nothing for miles. If you even had any doubt of the strength of the human spirit, what happiness is or isn't this short visit will change your mind. You will be greeted with a warm smile but please no pictures. These people are living their lives the best they know how. That is not an attraction. But yes it is a stone village, yes it is 600 yrs old. The houses and roads are stone an amazing feat for the time period. A snapshot picture will show that. At first glance you walk up the stone street and wall. Now, 2013 it is life in rural China, Vietnam or any 3rd world country. I was embarrassed to be sightseeing their poverty. I do not feel their hardship is an attraction. Maybe they do not feel that way but coming from a modern western culture I was not expecting this type of heritage site.