remote location and under-developed state give Fubao a rather desolate
look, but most of its old buildings have been well preserved. This has
made the town a popularly selected location for TV series about the province.
As Fubao is unknown to the majority of tourists, it is still relatively
On arrival, I took a stroll around the town. There were few people about.
One or two elders dozed under a tree, some women sat and embroidered,
and a small group of children played, or did their homework. Fubao is
free of the normal fuss, noise and bustle of most towns.
The next day was bazaar day, when villagers from the rear mountains go
to town in a steady stream, taking with them fowls, vegetables and mountain
produce. On displaying their goods on the street, they wait equably for
buyers to come along.
The local residents are hospitable, and quite unfazed by curious tourists
dropping in for a look inside their homes. They are also happy to pose
for photographs on request.
name Fubao comes from a legend. Long ago there lived a beautiful and virtuous
woman called Xiu E. One day the family was robbed by bandits and left
penniless. Xiu E's son died of starvation, her mother-in-law went blind
with grief, and her husband fell ill. heart-broken Xiu E went to the river
bank to dig a grave for her son, and in the process unearthed a glossy
stone. On her taking it home, a miracle occurred. Her son came back to
life, her husband recovered, and her mother-in-law regained her sight.
The rock was regarded as sacred, and the site as having geomantic significance,
which drew more and more people to it. The town of Fubao thus came into