On April 10th to the 13th, during the 12th year of the reign of Emperor Chongzhen of the Ming Dynasty (AD 1639), China’s most famous late Ming Dynasty traveler Xu Xiake walked along the official postal road, crossing the Gaoligong Mountains, and left us with a large number of records. This famous road is an important part of the Southern Silk Road (The famous Yongchang Road on the Shu-Hindu Road), there are checkpoints on the trail of the Southern Silk Road built during the early Han Dynasty.
Several centuries later, the vast majority the paths that Xu Xiake walked on have been fragmented and in most other parts of the country have become nearly impossible to find.
Only this trail crossing the part of the Gaoligong Mountains can clearly be seen (from Pumanshao in the east to Taipingshao in the west is 15 kilometers), still bearing eternal witness to the period when Xu Xiake wrote “Xu’s Travels”. The trail is still closely conforming to what Xu wrote in “Xu’s Travels” clearly corresponding to the length of the road and the unique features of the area. This ancient archive some call a road, a road of living fossils.
As part of the Vinetree • Gaoligong Tented Resort, Xu Xiake’s road spans the mountain’s trail, with its all natural features, unspoiled by man, taking you travel back for nearly 4 hundred years to the Ming Dynasty. Experience for yourself the march of history. Immerse yourself in the cultural and naturally majestic mountain landscape of Gaoligong.