Heijing is situated in the center of Yunnan Province, about 60 kilometers west of capital Kunming.
…the hope that the Emperor would administrate benevolent rules after taxes had been collected.
Its streets are narrow, cobble-stoned and festooned with red lanterns;
…. and in 2005 donkey carts were still the most popular means of transport once you’d left the train.
Heijing produced up to 70 percent of the imperial salt during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).
At that time, almost all people in Heijing made a living by this salt. Heijing became one of Yunnan’s richest towns.
Horse caravans and salt dealers traveled to Heijing frequently and made Hejing a melting-pot of different cultures.
The town’s fortunes changed in later Qing Dynasty with the introduction of sea salt. Its last salt factory went bankrupt in 2005
The former Salt mill.
The view of the town from the Feilai Temple.