Heijing – an ancient salt capital since the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

Heijing - the Benevolent Rule Memorial Archway

Heijing – the Benevolent Rule Memorial Archway

Heijing is situated in the center of Yunnan Province, about 60 kilometers west of capital Kunming.

Heijing - the Benevolent Rule Memorial Archway - Dr Zheng Fang's hope.

Heijing – the Benevolent Rule Memorial Archway – Dr Zheng Fang’s hope.

…the hope that the Emperor would administrate benevolent rules after taxes had been collected.

Heijing November 2005

Heijing November 2005

Its streets are narrow, cobble-stoned and festooned with red lanterns;

Heijing November 2005

Heijing November 2005

…. and in 2005 donkey carts were still the most popular means of transport once you’d left the train.

Heijing November 2005

Heijing November 2005

Heijing produced up to 70 percent of the imperial salt during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).

Heijing November 2005

Heijing November 2005

At that time, almost all people in Heijing made a living by this salt. Heijing became one of Yunnan’s richest towns.

Heijing November 2005

Heijing November 2005

Horse caravans and salt dealers traveled to Heijing frequently and made Hejing a melting-pot of different cultures.

Heijing November 2005

Heijing November 2005

The town’s fortunes changed in later Qing Dynasty with the introduction of sea salt. Its last salt factory went bankrupt in 2005

Heijing November 2005 - the Salt Mill

Heijing November 2005 – the Salt Mill

The former Salt mill.

Heijing November 2005

Heijing November 2005

The view of the town from the   Feilai Temple.

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