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Famous Ancient Towns in china

When it comes to the well-preserved ancient cities in China, the Ancient City of Pingyao is probably on top of most people's list. But there are really many more such cities in China. I can promise you that you won't be disappointed to pay a visit to these smaller cities, and they truly deserve your attention.To big city dwellers, small ancient towns always seem fascinating.  The following are the   most charming towns in China chosen by netizens. The towns were selected on the merits of their natural scenery, cultural heritage, local folk customs, and economic vigor. Each of them is notable for something unique.


Pingyao  in Shan Xi Province

Pingyao  in Shan Xi Province
Pingyao is one of the remained intact ancient towns in China, also is natural set for costume piece. You can see and enjoy many things with Chinese characteristics, such as stamp number, native bank, pawnshop, traditional Chinese medicine shop, and silk fabric shop, variety store, and fan, lantern, theatrical costume store. Nearly hundreds of ancient alleys and thousands of folk houses have become living fossil recording history and culture of Ming and Qing dynasties. 


Old Town of Lijiang in Yunnan Province

Old Town of Lijiang in Yunnan Province
This ancient city does not have a city wall. Lijiang is located in the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, 2,400 meters above sea level. This ancient city has a population of about 25,000 people with Naxi minority people as the majority. Even today, 30% of the population still engages in the production of copper, silver, fur leather, textiles, brewing industry, traditional handicraft activities.

Zhouzhuang town in  Jiangsu Province   Huangshan Mountain represents the beauty of grand mountains in China, while Zhouzhuang features the mellow waterside towns. Feminine beauty was built in its very blood and soul. No wonder it was chosen one of the sites for APEC meeting site. The town complex lies in Kunshan, 38 km southeast of Suzhou city in Jiangsu Province. It has a history of over 900 years. It's also called Oriental Venice and surrounded by water. People plant willows on the edge of their narrow yards, to be more accurate, corridors. Little bridges, murmuring brooks and rural cottages, all of these come into a picture of quietness and simplicity. Bridges, with name or without name, all have their distinct views...


the ancient town Wuzhen in Tongxiang, Zhejiang Province

the ancient town Wuzhen in Tongxiang, Zhejiang Province Wuzhen, a town with a history of 1200 years, is Located in the center of the six ancient towns south of Yangtze River, just 50 minutes' drive from Hangzhou. This small town, with its black tiled, oil-painted timber framework houses that contrast sharply with its white walls and gray flagging brings to mind a Chinese ink and wash painting, is notable as " home to celebraties". It has nurtured generations of predominant scholars, government officials, brilliant politicians, etc. The window sills of the houses on the banks of the river are further extended with boards, on which flowers, plants and bonsai bloom in the warm sunshine, adding a touch of life and color to this tranquil, old-style town.


Xidi and Hongcun Ancient Villages in Anhui Province

Xidi and Hongcun Ancient Villages in Anhui Province
The UNESCO listed village of Hongcun lies next to Mount Huangshan - one of China's five most famous mountains. It's known as "A Village in Chinese Paintings" for its beautiful views and quietness. You may recognize it as the backdrop in the film "Crouching Tiger,Hidden Dragon". The unusual layout of the village is in the shape of the Chinese character niu (bull) and there are many original residencies dating back to the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties. Hongcun woodcarvings and the village's elaborate pailou   entrance gate are world famous.


Phoenix Town in Hunang Province

Phoenix Town in Hunang Province
 5 Days Phoenix Town and Furong Town. Experience the spectacular natural and historical highlights of Zhangjiajie at the very heart of Hunan Province.
Phoenix Town is a small city in the western part of Central China's Hunan Province. For tourists, Phoenix Town is a Chinese dream; a wonderland of ancient mysteries. The scenery of Phoenix is fascinating, dominated by the color green, where the old Tuo River trickles silently for centuries. Its air of mystery, elegance, and primitive simplicity are just as before


Yongding in Southeast China's Fujian Province

Yongding in Southeast China's Fujian Province
Yongding, a county in Fujian Province, is the home of many Hakka families and is known for its unusual architecture called Tulou (Hakka Earthen Fortresses). These large, circular edifices were built by the Hakka, one ethnic group in China. The architectural art of Tulou enjoys great admiration among architects worldwide. The older examples of this style of construction consist of interior buildings enclosed by huge peripheral ones holding hundreds of rooms and dwellers. With all the halls, storehouses, wells and bedrooms inside, the huge towerlike building functions almost as a small fortified city.

Most earthen castles are not tourist traps. People really live and work here, and invariably, when you show up on their doorstep they will grin and say, "You've come! Have some tea!"


Wuyuan Ancient Village in Jiangxi Province

Wuyuan Ancient Village in Jiangxi Province

Wuyuan Ancient Village lies in the northeast of Jiangxi Province. Standing against beautiful mountains, Wuyuan is surrounded by a beautiful river. Hundreds of ancient houses dating from the Ming (1368--1644) and Qing dynasties (1644--1911), well laid out and displaying simple architectural elegance. In spring the vast sea of golden rape, the white walls and black tiles create a lyrical picture of dazzling beauty.


Xitang town in Jiashan, Zhejiang Province

Xitang town in Jiashan, Zhejiang Province  Xitang, a famous ancient town at home and abroad, is situated in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province. The total distance is 11 kilometers from scenic spots to downtown Jiaxing city. Xitang has a total area of 83 square kilometers, of which the ancient town scenic area is about one square kilometer with about sixty thousand people living. It is a time-honored cultural and historical ancient town with more than one thousand years...


Ci  Qi  Kou (Porcelain  Village)   in Chongqing

Ci  Qi  Kou (Porcelain  Village)   in Chongqing
Ci Qi Kou (Porcelain Village) situated on the bank of the Jia Ling River. Ci Qi Kou village was recognized as a protected cultural site by the State Council in 1998. Now, there are many shops lining the twelve flag stoned paved lanes that form the main routes. Tourists will find many outlets for craftwork, groceries, teashops and the like as well as a horologist, photography supplies, drugstore and a tempting supply of roasted nuts and seeds.


Stone Drum Town/Shigu Zhen in Lijiang of Yunnan Province

Stone Drum Town/Shigu Zhen in Lijiang of Yunnan Province

Shigu Town (Stone Drum ) is a town situated 70 kilometres from Lijiang County. It is where the Yangtze River turns 180 degree from south to north, forming an unusual river bay in a ā€œUā€ shape.


Zhaoxing Village in Guizhou Province

Zhaoxing Village in Guizhou Province

Guizhou province has many covered bridges, called Wind and Rain Bridges. These were built by the Dong minority people. The southeastern corner of the province is known for its unique Dong minority culture. Towns such as Rongjiang, Liping, Diping and Zhaoxing are scattered amongst the hills along the border with Guangxi.


Zhenyuan Acient Town in Guizhou Province
 

Zhenyuan Acient Town Located on eastern part of Guizhou Province, Zhenyuan has long been an ancient town of the Miao people. Its long history endows the town with many rich and generous cultural relics, making it much like a historic garden. The town covers only an area of 3.1 square kilometers (about 1.2 square miles) but greets you with more than 160 scenic spots including caves, palaces, pavilions, temples and rivers with their unique architecture, exquisite engravings and marvelous natural landscape. Among them are the famous Wuyang River Scenic Area and elegant ancient complex in the the Black Dragon Cave (Qinglong Cave) - beckoning sights not to be missed by any visitor to eastern Guizhou


Dali Ancient City in Yunnan Province

Dali Ancient City was first constructed in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) at the foot of the Cangshan Mountains. This simple and tranquil city is characterized by the dwelling houses of the Bai Minority. It is a must-see destination in Dali, ranking as one of the most noted historical and cultural cities in China. Nearly all the specialities of Dali are available here. Huoguo Road, or Foreigner Street, is the central thoroughfare where most westerners assemble. Apart from the local foods and handicrafts that are available, plentiful cafes, bars and distinctive restaurants also attract visitors from both home and abroad


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