means peace and harmony. The title of the township is derived
from a verse describing "the rising clouds that herald auspicious
future and the gentle breeze that breathes peace and harmony."
The town consists of over 1,300 households and 6,300 and more
people. From ancient times on, it has been a place where talented
people were brought up. So far as the modern times are concerned,
the following names are important: Zhang Chengxin, a martyr
who laid down his life in the anti-imperialist struggle and
a member of Dr. Sun Yat-sen's revolutionary organization Tong
Meng Hui, Li Yuegai, secretary-general of the First Army of
the Yunnan Troops for Safeguarding the Republic and "Excellent
Writer in Southwest China" as commended by Zhang Taiyan; Cun
Shusheng, educator and late vice-president of Yunnan University;
and Ai Siqi, famous Marxist philosopher. Many of the Heshunxiang
people who live abroad are successful businessmen or scholars
of great attainments doing their bits for the prosperity of
the countries they reside.
is a very beautiful place with many ornamental structures
like pavilions, memorial halls or archways, lotus ponds, marble
balustrades, etc. The most important scenic spot that a visitor
to Heshunxiang cannot afford to miss is Shuidui, an ancient
water mill near a body of limpid water named Yuanlongtan.
Yuanlong Pavilion which overlooks the clear pond is an ancient
structure. The pavilion was constructed in the 27th year of
Emperor Qianlong's reign in the Qing Dynasty (1762 A.D.).
The sublimity of the ancient architecture with its excellent
layout of the halls, kiosks, balconies and bowers of carved
beams and painted rafters add beauty to the serenity of nature.
The inscriptions, tablets and couplets, well composed and
written by outstanding calligraphists, are highly attractive.
The fountain by the side of the pavilion is known by the name
"Dragon Pond". Ai Siqi's Home is located right by the side
of the Jiaoxi Brook running by the pond.
Heshunyuan Library situated on the campus of Yiqun Middle
School, the biggest one at the township level, is the pride
of the Heshunxiang people. The library buildings with flower
gardens in the front courtyard show styles of traditional
Chinese architecture. The library, set up in 1924, is in possession
of over 60,000 volumes of books, many of which are rare editions
of ancient works. The library feels honoured with the inscriptions
by such famous figures as Xiong Qinglai, Gong Zizhi, Liao
Chengzhi, Zhang Tainfang, etc.