HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE OF HUNAN

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Qianzhou Ancient Town乾州古城

The town is decorated with picturesque old-stone paved streets and grey brick traditional houses. As many years passed by, Qianzhou Ancient Town remains intact with ancient architectural complex, slates, old streets, river etc, making tourists enjoy themselves so much as to forget to leave.

Hongjiang Commercial Ancient Town洪江古商城

The town boasts more than 380 intact ancient structures erected during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, covering an area of 100,000 square meters. The buildings endured the ages with some wear, but they remain vivid reminders of the luxurious lifestyle of wealthy merchants. It features classic residential buildings of the south of Yangtze River, which present a living copy of the painting "Riverside Scenes on the Pure Bright Festival". With its labyrinth of narrow streets, Hongjiang still conjures up an image of ancient China.


Yongxi Bridge in Anhua安化永锡桥

Yongxi Bridge is the best-preserved wooden lounge bridge in Anhua County, Yiyang. The bridge is 83 meters long, 13 meters high, and 4.2 meters wide, with 4 stone blocks and 34 wooden bridge pavilions. It is key unit for cultural relics protection in the county. It was built during the reign of Emperor Guangxu of Qing Dynasty.



Zhang Guying Village张谷英村

The newly discovered Zhang Guying Village is an ancient architectural cluster built over 600 years ago during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Enjoying the fame as the 'Folk Imperial Palace' and 'First Village under the Sun', Zhang Guying Village covers an area of 50,000 square meters (about 12 acres) featuring carved pictures on surface of the building, a zigzag laneway and the occult dooryard. The architectural style imparts an air of mystery.



Jinggang Ancient Town靖港古镇

Jinggang Ancient Town exhibits the unique charm of small water towns located at the south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River.Over a third of its building remains timber architecture, in which brick- wood building in late Qing dynasty are kept quite well now. On the bank of river, many stilted buildings existed for a long time. In the town, there still exists a lot of religious buildings. Many people went to there to pray to Buddha.



Shanggantang Village
上甘棠古村

Shanggantang Village, which is located in the south of Xiangxi Autonomous Prefecture,is claimed to have a history as long as at least 2,200 years. The history of the 10, 00-year-old village was recorded on this stele.

A Stone pavilion or stone tower, later called Yuepi Pavilion was built along the courier road at the Xiemu riverside, located at the southeast of Shanggantang Village. There is no way to know the time when it was built and destroyed. The Chinese name of the pavilion was engraved on a stone wall which is over 10 meters in height and approximately 100 meters in length. 12 tablets used for keeping records of events and advocating charitable and pious deeds, 10 poem tablets and 2 exhortation tablets were also inscribed on the wall side by side. Engraved from Song Dynasty till Qing Dynasty, these tablets tell the history of the village. IBu'ying Bridge, a three-hinged arch bridge stretching over the Mu River, is preferably called as Half Bridge by the locals. When approaching the once crowded and busy ancient village, you may feel that time stops at this moment. The further you walk the more peaceful in your heart.



Baojing Village宝镜村

In more than 300 years, Baojing Ancient Village (Precious Mirror Village) gradually developed itself into a well-known garden-like complex of buildings. Facing west and with a total area of 80-odd mu (0.5336 hectares), the whole complex is composed of five parts from north to south, Weizidi, Daxin house, Laotang house, Xiaxin house and Xin house.

As all of the 108 rooms of the whole village connect to one another, no matter in sunny or rainy days, the villagers won't be influenced with the weather. The air here is quite fresh and climate comfortable. The enclosed courtyard, with blue stone paved ground, looks very tidy and magnificent. The woodcarving doors and windows, and colored mural paintings can be seen everywhere, vividly demonstrating the typical layout of the South China architecture.




Yangshan Village阳山古村

Yangshan Village is one of China's top ten allied ancient villages situated in Guiyang County, Chenzhou City, Hunan Province. The village, dating back to the Hongzhi period of Ming Dynasty, contains over 60 historic buildings.



Banliang Village板梁村

With a history of more than 600 years, Banliang Village is named "the First Village in South Hunan" with largest scale, best reservation condition, best Fengshui, and deepest cultural connotation.

More than 360 Ming and Qing Dynasty style buildings are well reserved in the ancient village. Carved beams and painted rafters which showed the excellent carved skills of ancient people are really incredible. Generally speaking, Banliang ancient village reserves patriarchal clan system, Confucianism tradition, concepts of Fengshui, philosophy ideas, construction skills, ecological theory, and some other ancient traditions of China.




Ancient City of Liye
里耶古城

The Ancient City of Liye is a national scenic area and a state-list famous historic and cultural town. The Tujia people have lived here for thousands of years. In 2002, the town became renowned overnight because of marvelous discoveries which include historic sites such as the ancient city moat, city wall, workshops and wells. Its long history is testified by the unearthed artifacts of bronze, pottery, jade and weaponry. The 36,000 bamboo slips inscribed with scripts from the Qin Dynasty (221BC-207BC) unearthed in the city are of great significance for the study of the history of that period. Special report here.


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