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Nuodeng enjoyed centuries of prosperity thanks to its wealth of salt, which is still a major source of income today.
Last updated: 11 Dec 2013 13:36
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Nuodeng, China - This village, perched on steep slopes overlooking a valley in China's Yunnan Province, is a slice of ancient times. As far back as the Han Dynasty more than 2,000 years ago, the village's plentiful reserves of potassium-rich salt were mined from salt wells and traded throughout southern Asia.

Salt, a rare and precious commodity, was essential for food preservation and led to Nuodeng being known as the richest village in China. Nuodeng salt was carried by horse caravan as far as India along the Tea Horse Road, which was also known as the Southern Silk Road. This vital trade route stretched from China's Sichuan Province to Tibet, India and Burma. Mules and donkeys are still used today by residents to transport heavy loads from Nuodeng, much of which remains inaccessible to motor vehicles.

Centuries of prosperity for the village came to an end when China's salt industry was nationalised upon Mao Zedong's rise to power in 1949. Nevertheless, descendants of the Huang salt merchant family continue to extract salt from brine by boiling it over huge wood-fired cauldrons. Along with tourism and salt-cured Nuodeng ham, salt is still a major source of income for the village.


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Ancient home of the Huang merchant family, at dusk in Nuodeng. 



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Huang, 60, with traditional flute and his mule. Nuodeng was once known as China's wealthiest village due to its salt trade.



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Ayi Yang pictured in her home with a block of locally harvested salt used for curing Nuodeng ham. This cured meat was traded all the way to India on the Southern Silk Road.



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Demand for Nuodeng ham increased 17-fold in one week after the village was featured in the hit television series "Taste of China", produced by China Central Television.



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Salt is moulded into cylinders, which are then set over a charcoal fire.



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Today, salt-cured Nuodeng ham is major source of income, along with tourism.



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View from the hills above Nuodeng.


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A villager from Nuodeng chops wood as his wife looks on.



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A block of locally harvested salt used for curing Nuodeng ham.


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Mules are still the only means of carrying heavy loads through the village, which stretches up the steep slopes above a deep valley.




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Ancient home of the Huang merchant family, at dusk in Nuodeng. 

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Huang, 60, with traditional flute and his mule. Nuodeng was once known as China(***)s wealthiest village due to its salt trade.

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Ayi Yang pictured in her home with a block of locally harvested salt used for curing Nuodeng ham. This cured meat was traded all the way to India on the Southern Silk Road.

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Demand for Nuodeng ham increased 17-fold in one week after the village was featured in the hit television series "Taste of China", produced by China Central Television.

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Salt is moulded into cylinders, which are then set over a charcoal fire.

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Today, salt-cured Nuodeng ham is major source of income, along with tourism.

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A villager from Nuodeng chops wood as his wife looks on.

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Mules are still the only means of carrying heavy loads through the village, which stretches up the steep slopes above a deep valley.

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Nuodeng Village, China. Huang, 60, with traditional flute and his mule. Nuodeng is a thousand year old village that was known as China's wealthiest village through its trading of salt.

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Nuodeng Village, China. Huang, 60, with traditional flute and his mule. Nuodeng is a thousand year old village that was known as China's wealthiest village through its trading of salt.

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Ayi Yang pictured in her home with a block of locally harvested salt used for curing Nuodeng ham. This cured meat was traded all the way to India on the southern silk road.

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Ayi Yang pictured in her home with a block of locally harvested salt used for curing Nuodeng ham. This cured meat was traded all the way to India on the southern silk road.

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Ancient home of the Huang merchand family at dusk in Nuodeng. Today, salt cured Nuodeng ham is major source of income, along with tourism.

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Ancient home of the Huang merchand family at dusk in Nuodeng. Today, salt cured Nuodeng ham is major source of income, along with tourism.

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Demand for Nuodeng ham leapt seventeen fold in a week after the village was featured in the hit television series 'Taste of China', produced by China Central Television.

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Demand for Nuodeng ham leapt seventeen fold in a week after the village was featured in the hit television series 'Taste of China', produced by China Central Television.

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Salt is moulded into cylinders, which are then set over a charcoal fire at the home of one of the many village families decended and named after the Huang salt merchant family.

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Salt is moulded into cylinders, which are then set over a charcoal fire at the home of one of the many village families decended and named after the Huang salt merchant family.

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View from the hills above Nuodeng.

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View from the hills above Nuodeng.

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A local of Nuodeng, a thousand year old village, chops wood as his wife looks on.

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A local of Nuodeng, a thousand year old village, chops wood as his wife looks on.

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A block of locally harvested salt used for curing Nuodeng ham.

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A block of locally harvested salt used for curing Nuodeng ham.

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A local of Nuodeng leads a mule saddled for tourist rides down steep stone stairs. Mules are still the only way of carrying heavy loads through the village, which reaches up the steep slopes of a deep valley.

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A local of Nuodeng leads a mule saddled for tourist rides down steep stone stairs. Mules are still the only way of carrying heavy loads through the village, which reaches up the steep slopes of a deep valley.



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