China, Hunan Sheng, Xiangxi Tujiazumiaozuzizhizhou, Jishou Shi, 100乡道
Where the Fairies Live: DehangThis quiet village can be reached by taking a 40 minute bus from Jishou that twists and turns through karst peaks. When we arrived the few people that live here seemed to be tucked away in their houses while the kids were hanging out in the make-shift basketball court or huddled around the one computer in the village. We found that one restaurant was open and ate lunch there and then went off to find the waterfalls. There is a little path that leads from the other end of the village through terraced fields to the waterfalls. It’s very peaceful and everything looks as if it was made to have it’s photo taken.It’s beautifully green in this area and there is a path you can take up alongside another waterfall that tumbles and turns through the rocks. It’s a steep and slippery climb carved away into the lush forest. Tiny bats flew around us as we criss-crossed over the waterfall. If fairies exist this is where they live!
I would recommend heading here earlier in the day and spending a full day exploring. As the village went to sleep at sunset we got some bottles of beer and sat down under our heated table and played card games and chatted till we gave in to the peaceful village ways and did as the locals do. It was a really unique experience, it really feels like time has stopped in this little corner of Hunan.