Huang yinwu was born in Jingzhou, Hubei Province in 1974. In middle school, my father taught in China Academy of fine arts, and the whole family moved to Hangzhou. Why did a young man from the city come to Shaxi?
As a teenager, Huang yinwu was an atypical science student. He liked to read history books and was very Buddhist in personality. He was admitted to the architecture of Southeast University of Nanjing and then went to Switzerland to study for graduate students of Zurich Federal University of technology. In Europe, he had the opportunity to visit the buildings that he had been longing for for for a long time in Europe, and found the driving force to participate in the Shaxi project through continuous travel and investigation.
In 2003, 29 year old Huang yinwu went to Shaxi for the first time. As far as you can see, it is a decadent scene: wooden houses look crumbling, and there are broken bricks and tiles in front of and behind the houses. There is no electricity in the villagers homes and no street lights on the road. Because of the poverty, the people in the village began to move out. At the same time, it is a pure land and has not been affected by excessive development.
(nanzhaimen before restoration)
Huang yinwu presided over the rejuvenation project by stages and levels. Put every amount of money into practice. The money raised internationally is used to build the village gate, temple, stage and other ancient buildings; the funds allocated by the local government are used to build the infrastructure of Shaxi, such as water, electricity and sewage pipelines.
The Sideng street in Shaxi is the only surviving ancient market on the ancient tea horse road, where the market, shops, stage, temple, Madian and the surrounding village gate are retained. According to the research of Huang yinwu and local scholars of literature and history, the real reason for the formation of Sideng street is a temple built in the Ming Dynasty, which was later called Xingjiao temple.
Before that, Xingjiao temple was used as a granary, an office of the township government, and even a school. It also had a two-story office building built inside, and its gate was burned down in the previous bandit robbery. Huang yinwu and the restoration workers spent a year studying how the building was built, and then learned about the local materials and construction techniques.
Even on the stone road that everyone on the Sideng Street walked on, Huang yinwu also believed that where the original stone slabs were, they had to be paved back. The village gate is particularly important to an ancient market, which has laid the whole pattern of Sideng street. It took more than ten years to restore the eastern, southern and northern villages.
Huang yinwus understanding of the most ideal restoration of architectural heritage -- I think it has not been repaired, but in fact, the problems in the building have been solved.
In fact, in 2011, the renovation work was basically completed, and huangyinwudu planned to leave, but with the opening of Dali expressway, more and more tourists came. Huang yinwu took office and became a consultant to the local government. He went to the villages around Sideng village to build bookstores, develop B & B, tourist centers, museums, and build walking roads along the Hei River flowing through the villages.
For example, Xianfeng bookstore in Beilong village, which opened in May this year, has been called the most beautiful rural bookstore in China by netizens. This is actually Huang yinwus own design and transformation.
A new Tea Horse Road Museum has been built.
Many of his friends who are practicing in the city want to go to Shaxi and see for themselves what Huang yinwu has done: Shaxi has changed him, and he has become one with Shaxi. Compared with being a professor in the city and a leader of a large Design Institute, Lao Huang is a real winner in life.
The most beautiful ancient town in Yunnan has been built for 18 years!