Shijiazhuang Village, also known as “cliff village” by netizens, in Pan’an county, Jinhua, and 25 other villages and towns in the country have been recognized as geological cultural villages by the Geological Society of China.
Covering an area of 3.57 square kilometers, the village is situated in the southeast of Fangqian town, Pan’an county. The volcanic eruptions that occurred during the Cretaceous period gave the area surrounding the village its “sandwich” stratigraphic structure - soft volcanic sedimentary rock wedged between solid welded tuffs - and laid the foundation for the special landforms in the village.
Since the Cenozoic period, the earth’s internal and external forces created the unique landforms in the village with a flat terrain in the middle, scattered boulders in the upper part, and steep cliffs in the lower part.
The village houses 27 various geological relics and boasts a rare scenery made up of terraces, canyons and streams.
In addition, the village also boasts germanium-rich soil, metasilicate mountain spring water, germanium-rich agri-products (rice, vegetable, and fruit), various cultures involving food, seclusion, traditional Chinese medicine, and opera, as well as the tradition of combining reading and farming.
Fangqian town has tapped geological culture resources in the village to develop tourism centered on geology and ecology.
Presently, various tourism infrastructure facilities are available in the village, including sightseeing platforms, footpaths and camp sites. Agritainment, homestays and teahouses can also be found in the village.
The village now is a hit on the internet and receives 500 visitors per day during the holidays. During this year’s May Day holiday, the operating revenue of each homestay in the village reached up to 30,000 yuan ($4,634).