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Ancient Townships: Popular Tourist Destinations in Zhejiang

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To welcome the arrival of the three-day Labor Day holiday, which fell on April 29-May 1 this year, and help tourists from home and abroad learn more about destinations in east China's Zhejiang Province, here is a collection of 15 picturesque ancient towns showing the natural beauty and abundant cultural heritage in the region.

Canal • Tangqi Ancient Town

Canal • Tangqi Ancient Town []

The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, which is the earliest and longest man-made canal in the world, passes through Tangqi and led it to become an important gateway in the region for hundreds of years.

Address: Yuhang District in Hangzhou

Fare: Free

Opening times: 8:00— 17:00

Known for: Dried salted duck, Huichang rice-pudding, sheep-tail pastry and other local cuisines.

Minghe Ancient Town

Minghe Ancient Town  []

As the only provincial-level historical and cultural township in Cixi City, Minghe boasts traditional Chinese architecture and natural scenery.

Address: Cixi City in Ningbo

Fare: Free

Known for: The longest existing picturesque ancient township in the Yangtze Delta

Cicheng Ancient Town

Cicheng Ancient Town  []

In addition to the possession of glorious historical and cultural resources, Cicheng also has a lot of traditional Chinese architecture and traditional lifestyles still intact.

Address: Jiangbei District in Ningbo

Fare: Free

Known for: The only well-preserved ancient township in the Yangtze Delta; Cicheng Cake and Bamboo Shoots of Yun Lake

Liangnong Ancient Town

Liangnong Ancient Town []

Liangnong is reputed amongst tourists for its hundreds of lanes and traditional Chinese architecture.

Address: Liangnong Town in Ningbo

Fare: Free

Known for: Grilled rabbits, chickens and boars

Anchang Ancient Town

Anchang Ancient Town []

Anchang is one of the provincial-level historical and cultural townships recognized by local authorities in Zhejiang in the first batch and one of the national-level historical and cultural townships listed by central authorities in the second batch. Traditional Chinese architecture, lifestyles, and historical and cultural elements are well-preserved in the township.

Address: Anchang Township in Shaoxing

Fare: Free; a ticket of 35 yuan (U.S.$ 5.08) for all exhibition halls

Known for: Sausage and sugar

Ganbadu Ancient Town

Ganbadu Ancient Town []

Traditional Chinese architecture of the 19th century is still well preserved in Ganbadu and those buildings are built along Fengxi River.

Address: Jiangshan County in Quzhou

Fare: Free

Known for: The dragon dance performance during traditional Chinese Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, which is believed to bring good luck to local families.

Dinghai Ancient Town

Dinghai Ancient Town []

As the only existing ancient township built upon an island, Dinghai has kept the traditional architecture of the Ming and Qing dynasties intact and has been visited by many prominent cultural celebrities in the past.

Address: Dinghai District in Zhoushan

Fare: Free

Known for: The remains of battlefields during the Han People's Rebellion against the Manchu Regime of the Qing Dynasty in the 17th century and the Anglo-Chinese Opium War in the 19th century; traditional Chinese architecture

Dongsha Ancient Town

Dongsha Ancient Town []

The sound preservation of local traditional fishermen's lifestyles has attracted many visitors, though it is no longer prosperous.

Address: Dongsha Township in Daishan Island in Ningbo

Fare: Free

Known for: Various kinds of fish

Anren Ancient Town

Anren Ancient Town []

The history of Anren can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The majority of its existing architecture was built at the turn of the 20th century or the end of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and the beginning of the Republic of China (1912-1949). Many courtyards are kept intact.

Address: Anren Township in Longquan County

Fare: Free

Known for: The traditional dragon dance performance; fish gourmet

Xinshi Ancient Town

Xinshi Ancient Town []

Many streams and ponds are distributed across the 1,700-year-old Xinshi.

Address: Deqing County in Huzhou

Fare: 50 yuan (U.S.$ 7.25)

Known for: Canhua Temple Fair and Mutton-Rice Wine Festival

Potan Ancient Town 

Potan Ancient Town []

As a miniature of culture in antique towns in Yangtze Delta, Potan is a classical ancient township showing the rise and fall of commercialism in rural China.

Address: Shangjie Village in Potan Township in Xianju County

Fare: 50 yuan (U.S.$ 7.25)

Known for: Traditional Chinese lanterns

Longmen Ancient Town

Longmen Ancient Town []

As the hometown of Sunquan (182-252), one of the largest warlords in the Three Kingdoms period (220-280), Longmen has kept much architecture of the Ming and Qing dynasties intact. These buildings include ancestral halls, courtyards, pagodas and a stone bridge.

Address: Longmen Township in Fuyang District in Hangzhou

Fare: 60 yuan (U.S.$ 8.7)

Opening time: 8:00-17:00

Known for: Ancient buildings of the Ming and Qing dynasties; cole flowers in the spring

Heqiao Ancient Town

Heqiao Ancient Town []

Heqiao is blessed with beautiful natural scenery and well-preserved architecture from the turn of the 20th century, the end of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and the beginning of the Republic of China (1912-1949). It was listed as provincial-level historical and cultural protection zone by local authorities in Zhejiang in the second batch in 2000.

Address: Shuguang Village in Lin'an

Fare: 60 yuan (U.S.$ 8.7)

Known for: tTaditional Chinese architecture

Qiantong Ancient Town

Qiantong Ancient Town []

Qiantong is said to be built by its early residents in accordance with Bagua or the Eight Trigrams, with the aim of ensuring all villagers access to streams. Traditional Chinese architecture of the Ming and Qing dynasties are well preserved.

Address: Qiantong Township in Ninghai County

Fare: 70 yuan (U.S.$ 10.15)

Known for: Well preserved architecture of the Ming and Qing dynasties

Nanxun Ancient Town

Nanxun Ancient Town []

The history of Nanxun can be traced back to 1252. It is home to a lot of well-preserved traditional Chinese architecture and western-style buildings.

Address: Nanxun Township in Huzhou

Fare: 100 yuan (U.S.$ 14.5)

Known for: Traditional Chinese architecture built upon the banks of the river

(Provided by Zhejiang Women's Federation)

Here is a collection of 15 picturesque ancient towns showing the natural beauty and abundant cultural heritage in the region.

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)




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