Coordinates: 24°14′52″N 111°12′04″E / 24.24778°N 111.20111°E / 24.24778; 111.20111
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View from a garden in Huangyao with a pavilion in the foreground and a hill in the background
View from a garden in Huangyao
Huangyao is located in Guangxi
Location in Guangxi
Coordinates: 24°14′52″N 111°12′04″E / 24.24778°N 111.20111°E / 24.24778; 111.20111
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Autonomous regionGuangxi
Prefecture-level cityHezhou
CountyZhaoping County
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)

Huangyao (Chinese: 黄姚; pinyin: Huángyáo) is a town in Zhaoping County, Guangxi, China. It has a new and an old part of the town; the old town of Huangyao (黄姚古镇) has a history of around a thousand years, and many of its buildings date from the Qing dynasty.[1]


It is believed that settlement of the Huangyao area began during the Song dynasty in the Kaibao era (968 – 977) of Emperor Taizu. The name Huangyao was first recorded in the Huangyou era (1049–1053) of Emperor Renzong when general Yang Wenguang passed through Zhaoping to pacify Guangxi,[2] and the place was named after the two most common surnames of the locals living in the area – Huang and Yao.[3][4]

The town first developed during the reign of Wanli Emperor (1572 – 1620) of the Ming dynasty, and it prospered during the reign of Qianlong Emperor (1735 – 1796) in the Qing dynasty. As a result, it has many buildings from the Qing and Ming eras, numbering at over 300.[5] The town was part of a number of administrative divisions throughout its history; today Huangyao includes both an old town and a new district.[2] Many of the buildings in the old town have stayed relatively unchanged in the modern era, and it began to develop as a tourist destination in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It was listed as one of 50 most worthwhile places to visit in China in 2006.[2][6]


View of Huangyao
The karst peaks of Huangyao

Huangyao is surrounded by karst peaks and traversed by streams. There are many bridges, and the streets are paved with slate.[5] There are over 30 temples, ancestral halls and pavilions in the old town of Huangyao. Many of the buildings are doubled-storied structures of simple construction in bricks and black tiles.[3]


Huangyao has a population of around 50,000,[7] covering an area that included many villages.[8] Most of the people live in the new part of the town, with only around 2,000 remaining in the old town as many have moved into the new district.[2]

Popular media[edit]

Because of its picturesque location and old buildings, the old town of Huangyao has been used as a setting for a number of television dramas and films, such as the 2006 film The Painted Veil and the 2001 Chinese television drama Country Spirit.[1][9][4]


  1. ^ a b The Rough Guide to Southwest China. Rough Guides. 19 January 2012. pp. 335–336. ISBN 978-1-4053-9357-7.
  2. ^ a b c d 徐赣丽 (October 2014). 文化遗产在当代中国:来自田野的民俗学研究. ISBN 978-7-5161-4987-4.
  3. ^ a b "Huang Yao Ancient Town". Yangshuo Insider.
  4. ^ a b 陈建魁; 黄百鸣 (December 2014). 黄姓简史. ISBN 978-7-210-06665-1.
  5. ^ a b "黄姚古镇简介". 昭平县人民政府.
  6. ^ 广西壮族自治区贺州昭平县黄姚镇.
  7. ^ "黄姚镇". City Population.
  8. ^ "Zoning codes and urban-rural division codes for statistics: Huangyao". National Bureau of Statistics of the People's Republic of China) (in Chinese).
  9. ^ "Huangyao". Lonely Planet.

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