This atmospheric walled village (郭峪古城; Guōyù Gǔchéng) is the highlight of a trip to this part of Shānxī. Although there's now an entrance fee (¥50), there's little tourist paraphernalia or nonsense; just the genuine charm of a historic and still-inhabited Ming-dynasty settlement.
The crumbling remains of this one-time fort’s south gate and some of its old walls still stand sentry at the entrance to the village close to the road. Walk 200m and it’s as if you’ve stepped back in time. Narrow alleys and stone streets run past courtyard houses, where the locals sit and chatter in their native dialect.