Long’an Village — Fujian’s ‘little Potala Palace’

Updated: 2018-01-18
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Nestled at the foot of a mountain in Sanyuan district in Sanming, Long’an village (龙安村) is an unincorporated village located more than 25 kilometers away from downtown Sanming. Many of the village’s ancient buildings were constructed in the Ming and Qing dynasties, making them around 300 years old.




Looking up from the foot of the mountain where the village is located, the well-proportioned houses look like Tibet’s Potala Palace, hence the monker “Fujian’s little Potala Palace.” The expansive view from the village even includes a glimpse of Pu Chan Temple (普禅寺) in  the distance in downtown Sanming.



It’s a great place to roll down the car windows and cruise along the winding roads, which follow the Shusha Stream (薯沙溪). On the way to the mountain, you’ll see lush bamboo on both sides of the road and enjoy fresh air away from the city.



If you happen to visit the village in the harvest season for oranges, you’ll stand the chance to catch a glimpse of some fruit growers harvesting oranges.



The green granite tiles on the alleys and byways around the ancient structures in Long’an village are in a state of disrepair. Their crumbling state is evidence of their long history.



Strolling along the alleys and byways, covered with old green granite tiles, and passing through the white-walled and black-roofed ancient buildings, one is easily amazed by the villagers’ simplicity and untarnished way of life.



Today, most of the village’s residents are elders and young children. Most young adults have left the village to work in cities. 



Most of the villagers are surnamed Li. It is said that they are the offspring of Emperor Gaozu’s son Li Yuanxiang.


Rui Guang Tang (瑞光堂) — ‘little imperial palace’



Two plaques reading “Qi Wei Di (骑尉第)” and “Ru Lin Di (儒林第)” are hung on the wall of Rui Guang Tang. The walls of its halls are decorated with paintings and calligraphy.



Rui Guang Tang has ninety-nine-and-a-half rooms of uneven sizes.



Ning Xiu Tang (凝秀堂) — the Li family ancestral house


Ning Xiu Tang is a large building built during the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing dynasty. It has an area of 2,000 square meters and more than 40 rooms. There are still residents living in it.


A door plate made of stone is placed just above the door with a “凝秀” sign in it. Near the building’s door is a sweet osmanthus tree that is over 100 years old.


Behind Ning Xiu Tang is an old-style private school. The building also features elegant carved beams, painted rafters, and hollowed-out window grilles.


Chong De Ci (崇德祠)


In front of Chong De Ci, which was built in 1452, there is a semilunar pond that was regarded as a symbol of a geomantic “treasure land.”  From Chong De Ci, one can overlook the whole of Long’an village.



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