Chengkan Village, located to the south of Huangshan Scenic area (at 29°5 N 118°15 E), is 40 km away from the Huangshan Mountains to the north and 15 km away from Huizhou government Yansi Town to the south. The cultural beauty here adds to its natural beauty among the surrounding green mountains and bamboos. Chengkan Village, an AAAA scenic area, is renowned as number one geomantic village in China and the oldest and the most mysterious in the world, as old as the Eastern Han Dynasty almost 2,000 years ago. In fact, human being left their first prints here much earlier. It witnessed the Neolithic Age and the brilliant bronze ware culture in the Western Zhou Dynasty. As is recorded in history, the earliest dwellers of Chengkan were Shanyue people, who lead the most primitive and isolated life here. In the Three Kingdom period of Eastern Han, there came the conquerors lead by Sun Quan of Dongwu (one of the Three Kingdoms), who later settled down here for its special geographical location and natural resources: it’s a lowland surrounded by mountains and cut through by a river running like a dragon down to the south receiving many creeks from every direction, which makes a painting of “nine dragons playing with a pearl”, an auspicious symbol of prosperity and power. Viewed from above, it looks like a natural geomantic diagram. The whole village was arranged according to its natural geomantic diagram and was named “Longxi” (Dragon Creek)
In the late Tang Dynasty, the ancestors of Luo family moved here from Nanchang of Jiangxi Province to escape Huangchao Rebellion and also settled down for its harmonious environment and location. The two brothers of Luo were both at home with geomantic omen and Yijing, the Book of Change, and they renamed Longxi as Chengkan, of which Cheng means, according to the geomantic ideas, the rise of land and yang, and Kan means the fall and yin. As its name implies, Chengkan is a place where Ying and Yang, man and nature are in harmony with each other and where wealth would gather and accumulate like its water. Surrounded by rivers and mountains from the outside, Chengkan has maze like streets and lanes which are easy to go in but difficult to come out. All this combined makes Chengkan a place beautiful, mysterious, divine and magical.
As the folk saying goes, “ten but one would get lost in Chengkan, which keeps him and makes him rich some day.” It was also praised by the neo-Confucius scholar Zhu Xi of the Song Dynasty as number village in the South of the Yangtz River. History is well preserved here: the geomantic arrangement and architecture of the Eastern Han Dynasty almost 2,000 years ago, above 180 sites and some unearthed stone devices of the Neolithic Age, some bronze wares of the Western Zhou Dynasty, among other important national cultural relics.
Due to its rich cultural relics, as many as 49, Chengkan is recognized as “Chinese number one geomantic village”, “Chinese historical and cultural village”, “the home to Chinese ancient architecture”, “he home to Chinese national treasure”, “top ancient tourist village”, and “4A tourist area”.
As the saying goes, if you pay a visit to Chengkan, you would get in return wealth, popularity, blessing, and auspiciousness. Why not go exploring Chengkan for myth and blessing?