Ancient Towns Around Shanghai: WU ZHEN

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Author: He Zhaoxing;
Language: English
Format: Papercover
Page: 131
Publication Date: 05/2010
ISBN: 9787119061665
Wuzhen is famous for its residences dating from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), and the town keeps its ancient ambience, as if time has stood still. Wuzhen is also famous for its traditional craft of “bed-making,” exquisite examples of which can be seen in the Museum of Antique Beds. Other attractions include the elaborate painting of 24 filial sons of old times in the Zhu Family House, and depictions of traditional ceremonies, such as those for babies when they were one month old, weddings and the birthdays of the elderly -- all illustrative of the culture of southeast China. The Xizha district of the town has old houses and pavilions stretching over 1,000 m along river banks. Piled up in the courtyard of the Gaogongsheng Distillery are numerous jars filled with rice wine, scenting the air with a heady aroma. At the Hongyuantai Dye Works, immensely long pieces of indigo-blue printed cotton are hung high in the air to dry. Wuzhen is also home to the Xiuzhen Taoist Temple, one of the three most renowned ones in southeast China. Huge in side, the temple holds great appeal to worshippers far and wide. In front of the temple is an ancient opera stage, where performances are given all the year round. In addition, Prince Zhaoming’s Study and the Former Residence of Mao Dun (pen name of Shen Yanbing, a famous contemporary writer in China and late vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress –ed.) attract many people interested in Chinese language and literature.
Table of Contents
006 The Tranquil Town of Wuzhen
016 Riverside Scenery
028 Styles of Old Bridges
042 Former Residence of Mao Dun
052 Fangluge Teahouse and "Three-Whites" Wine
064 Xiuzhen Taoist Temple and Ancient Stage
074 Old and Famous Residences
088 Indigo-blue Cotton Prints
096 The Beauty of Xizha by the River
104 Scenery by the Water Market
114 Gourmet Specialties
123 Scenic Spots
125 Accommodation
126 Local Delicacies
128 How to Get to Wuzhen
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