YuanJiaCun Village
YuanJiaCun Village
3.5
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If you are looking for a totally fake historical town, this is it. (Las Vegas, anyone?)
1.0 of 5 bubblesOct 2021
Having lived and worked in Xi'an (about 70 miles away) for 7 years, I took the opportunity to take a group tour with colleagues. I can only say I was glad I didn't pay for the trip myself. If you are fan of fake reproductions of historical places (such as those found in Las Vegas), you might enjoy it. Just keep in mind there is absolutely NOTHING authentic about this "village", although it is marketed as such. Even if you don't mind "fake", there's no reason to travel 70 miles for that... You probably will be starting out in Xi'an anyway, and it has plenty of fake attractions (such as the Tang Paradise) right there in Xi'an with no additional traveling required. The village workers are dressed in "local traditional costumes" but the workers are anything but local. Several members of my group were native Chinese speakers. My friends asked some of the costume-dressed workers in the village if they actually were from there. To a person, every worker we spoke with said they were not local but came from all around China just to work as fake locals. People in China are so used to "fake historical recreations" that they think nothing of this boring concept. I'm not quite so gullible. I cannot recommend this tourist trap at all... unless you like actually are fond of tourist traps, of course. For most of you, you will have limited time to explore China, so I suggest you not waste one of your precious days in the fakery of this village. Like in all of China, the government meddles in everything. This is no exception. This "authentic village" was created on the orders of the government, simply to bring revenue into the town. In the parlance of our time, "Nuff said?"

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Euro888
Dresden, Germany6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Having lived and worked in Xi'an (about 70 miles away) for 7 years, I took the opportunity to take a group tour with colleagues. I can only say I was glad I didn't pay for the trip myself. If you are fan of fake reproductions of historical places (such as those found in Las Vegas), you might enjoy it. Just keep in mind there is absolutely NOTHING authentic about this "village", although it is marketed as such. Even if you don't mind "fake", there's no reason to travel 70 miles for that... You probably will be starting out in Xi'an anyway, and it has plenty of fake attractions (such as the Tang Paradise) right there in Xi'an with no additional traveling required. The village workers are dressed in "local traditional costumes" but the workers are anything but local. Several members of my group were native Chinese speakers. My friends asked some of the costume-dressed workers in the village if they actually were from there. To a person, every worker we spoke with said they were not local but came from all around China just to work as fake locals. People in China are so used to "fake historical recreations" that they think nothing of this boring concept. I'm not quite so gullible. I cannot recommend this tourist trap at all... unless you like actually are fond of tourist traps, of course. For most of you, you will have limited time to explore China, so I suggest you not waste one of your precious days in the fakery of this village. Like in all of China, the government meddles in everything. This is no exception. This "authentic village" was created on the orders of the government, simply to bring revenue into the town. In the parlance of our time, "Nuff said?"
Written 8 November 2021
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omega123
Singapore, Singapore7,535 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This is a weekend getaway for the folks from Xi'an city, best to visit on a weekday as it is less crowded. This used to be the old communist village but restored for leisure purpose. The buildings' outlook and interior remained as it was.

A variety of food and souvenirs to choose, so take your. The Starbucks in this village by far the most beautiful I had seen
Written 25 December 2019
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Sharon A
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
The genuine village proper is located further in the complex.
Look out for the statue of Chairman Mao as you come down the main road, walk another 30 metres along the main road, keep looking to the right (the same side of the Chairman Mao statue). You should eventually see a big, dusty clearing with some trees. There is a large shrine dedicated to the local deity and village ancestors. The path to the village is located behind the shrine.
Bring cash in the local currency and an empty stomach. There are lots of delicious local snacks and food. In fact, there is a street entirely dedicated to food. (NO MacD or Starbucks here...for now). There are a few shops showcasing local crafts.
Written 30 June 2018
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Triplyzer I
491 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
What a pretty village. I truly enjoyed walking through the meandering walkways in this small village.
Written 27 May 2018
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dcplee
Singapore, Singapore23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017
A small town located 70 km away from Xian where it has been transformed to a tourist attraction with shops modeled during the Qing dynasty . While the food are mostly spicy and is dedicated to the local taste bud. One item I will highly recommend is their Tong Guan Chinese Burger which is fantastic in taste and is non spicy. This Chinese burger from Tong Guan is different from the rest of their similar burgers in that the bread is more layered and crusty. Will also recommend to have a shoulder and neck massage while resting in one of their tea house. will certainly gives you an unique experience.
Written 20 October 2017
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Joan0452013
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia344 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
We had to run the gauntlet of hawker stalls: souvenir, fruit, etc before entering the village. A statue of Chairman Mao attracted a lot of photographers....from China as well as overseas..

I bought an enormous peach for 2yuan, tourist's price I'm sure, but it turned out to be the most luscious peach I have ever eaten.

Fast becoming a tourist trap, if not already, this place encapsulates village life.
The row of shops where we entered the village did not appear to be trading, there were no shopkeepers nor customers; perhaps they were set up to showcase different types of business such as a traditional herbalist or medicine shop.
There was a stall selling tortoises, axolotl and frogs in shades of pink, turquoise and orange.

Further into the village there were cafes and people having a massage or their ears cleaned amidst very loud music from a shop selling CDs. What a contrast!

One of the streets was definite Eat Street: all types of noodles, fried pastries, flat breads, fried scorpions and a wine shop.

We had the most delicious yet simple lunch in a family-run restaurant. Seated in the front courtyard under bunches of red grapes we enjoyed the freshest of food piping hot from the kitchen.

We were there mid-week so there wasn't much of a crowd.

There are plans for more development, so go before the village becomes more commercialised and touristy.
Written 25 September 2017
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hrpmrl
Auckland, New Zealand42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
Just to add to what others have said, we enjoyed a day visit there today with a Chinese student. We didn't have a car, so we took a "public" bus that left from the big bus station across the road from HanChengLu subway station (#1 line) for 21 yuan each one way. I gather that the buses are relatively infrequent (like every 2 hours), and the trip is about an hour or 90 minutes. I think it would be a challenge to make the trip and enjoy the village if one did not speak any Chinese (we don't), but maybe if you had a printout of the Chinese name of the village you could manage it. Check on the time of the last bus back to Xi'an too (maybe it is 3pm)!
Written 11 March 2017
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AmeliaO
Penang192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
A great place to experienced a local culture with lots of local food available. Be prepared with an empty stomach as there are many things you wish to savor from this place. However it is quite a far away from the city of Xian so be prepared for a long ride to and fro.
Written 7 January 2017
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PAC_WestOz
Perth, Australia4,517 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
My local friend and her mother invited me to a day trip (today - Sunday) from Xi'an to enjoy the local foods and crafts. I guess we drove for over an hour both ways = around 80kms all told.

Many of the earlier reviewers have covered how the community came together to create a vibrant attraction for locals, Xi'an residents plus tourists from other Chinese provinces as well as foreigners. It was fairly busy, luckily it wasn't during traditional holiday periods,

We walked all the streets, stopping for lunch at a really different restaurant. The meal was cooked in a huge hot pot in the table heated by a coal fire under the table.

A fresh chicken was cut up, cooked in the juices, tofu, mushrooms, all sorts of vegetables plus some freshly baked crusty bread (a local speciality) - the meal was like a giant hot-pot - we were unable to finish the meal and my friends packed up a takeaway (da bao) container for dinner tonight,

We purchased snacks as we wandered around - one of the last streets we wandered along was the Muslim Street...the food was so tempting - we wished we had eaten in this area - I think it was the best streets of all. Interestingly I think there are as many stalls along here as in the Muslim Street in Xi'an itself.

Hopefully when I visit Xi'an next time we can head there again - and only eat in the Muslim Street.

My friend advised that many people just head out of Xi'an to eat favourite dishes - then head back home.

Another option is to take a few days and stay in a guest house/hostel to really soak up the local food, entertainment, attractions and maybe buy some souvenirs.

I ended up purchasing a pack of six CD's of local artists singing in Mandarin - I walked away happy.

We enjoyed four hours at village and probably walked around 5 kms...it is basically flat so not too hard.

If you want a day or two out of Xi'an this might be a place that suits.
Written 30 October 2016
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CarynKaining
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia402 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016
This village is not a typical village. The village is transformed to a tourist location selling mostly local delicacies. You can see them selling noodles, lamb stew, apple juice, local pastries and others. There is also a Muslim street which sells similar food but halal. All patrons sits at wooden tables and stools while enjoying hot-piping stew in this cold weather.
Highly recommend to try their apple juice which is super sweet without any artificial sweetener. A good place to enjoy peace and culture
Written 29 March 2016
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