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Yangmei Ancient Town, Nanning

Founded duAncient Town of YangmeiThe Ancient Town of Yangmei, an ideal place to re-discover your inner peace, has been restored. The town is far away from the pressures of modern life and grasps the spirit of China's long history. It is located about 30 KM to the west of Nanning, becoming a charming destination for tourists visiting the region

ring the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD), the town of Yangmei burgeoned during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD) and reached its heyday during the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912 AD), when it became a major port on the Yongjiang River.

Today Yangmei, which covers an area of 6.5 square kilometers, is studded with well-preserved old buildings dating back through the dynasties, and boasts the most beautiful scenery that a southern river town of its kind can offer. The 5300 townspeople continue to live as they have for a thousand years, just as if the time had stopped.

A highlight of the town is the Guixing Pavilion, built in 1736 and shaped like the imperial seal. Three wooden figures are enshrined separately on the three floors of the building, these are the gods of scholars.  As a matter of fact, Yangmei is the hometown of quite a few famous scholars in Chinese history, and the cradle of the new thought that finally gave birth to the 1911 Revolution, which ended imperial rule in China.

Though the town is open to tourists, local residents have hardly altered their way of life as a result.  Women are often seen making shoes or doing embroidery by the gates of their houses, evincing a peaceful and undisturbed countenance. The local people love the arts, especially the Yue Opera, which is as old as the town itself.  You can wander through the ancient alleys of the town, accompanied by the enchanting sound of people singing and playing instruments, recalling the feelings of long-past times. 

Yangmei is an ideal place to re-discover your inner peace, far away from the pressures of modern life, and to grasp the spirit of China's long history.

Tips
How to get there: There are many ways to Yangmei for visitors. The first one is to depart at the Minsheng port in Nanning by sight-seeing boat on which you can enjoy the beautiful sights at two sides and get off at Yangmei port. The second one is to take a tourist bus at the grand house of Aviation Management Department which is slanting towards the Second Passenger Station near the railway station.

Accommodation:there are only two places, one is in the Linjiang Restaurant on Linjiang street, where the condition is of a sort but with bathroom; the other one is Wensheng hotel near the entrance of the village with better condition but higher price. Each of them can only provide beds for less than thirty people. Generally speaking, that is enough since there aren't a lot guests in normal times.

Dining:The famous dishes in Yangmei are homebred chicken and Zuojiang fish and Wudietang hotel is the best place to taste the good dishes. And the three local products, namely black bean, sauerkraut and preserved vegetables are of really special favor. Its rice is relatively cheap and the price for beverage is almost the same with that in Nanning.

Languag:the local language in Yangmei is not Cantonese, but the villagers can speak Cantonese and Mandarin, even the old can speak Cantonese.

The best time to visit: May and June are the best time to visit there when the lotuses in the pool are in full blossom and the willow trees in grace shapes. Besides, there are reachable wampees and bananas on both sides. These pollution-free fruit are too attractive for you to miss.