Tangible Cultural Heritage Museum-Tianlong Tunbu

Tangible Cultural Heritage Museum

Tianlong Tunbu

by Live in Guizhou


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Tianlong Tunbu is located in Pingba District of Anshun City in the western part of Guizhou Province, China. This area is characterized by karst topography, surrounded by the Tiantai and Longyan mountain ranges, approximately 72 kilometers from Guiyang City. Historically, Tianlong Tunbu was an important post station on the Shunyuan ancient post road during the Yuan Dynasty, known as “Fanlong Post.” In the early Ming Dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang dispatched troops northwards to strengthen border defenses, relocating many Han Chinese soldiers and their families from Jiangsu and Zhejiang regions to settle here.

The architecture of Tianlong Tunbu is distinctly designed for military defense, making it difficult for outsiders to enter but allowing residents to defend easily. The buildings are primarily made of stone and wood, with thick walls and narrow doors and windows, reflecting the architectural style of the Jiangnan region during the Ming Dynasty. The residents, known as “Tunbu people,” have preserved Han Chinese cultural customs from over 600 years ago, including clothing, language, residential architecture, and religious beliefs. Their way of life and cultural heritage form a unique landscape in the area.

The Tianlong Tunbu scenic area features several attractions worth visiting, such as the Tunbu ancient street, Tianlong School, and Wulong Temple, which not only highlight the deep historical roots of Tunbu culture but also offer visitors a taste of local specialties. Additionally, visitors can enjoy unique marriage customs performances and other cultural performances by the Tunbu people. The Tunbu Cultural Experience Museum is an important venue for showcasing the culture, history, and lifestyle of the Tunbu people.