Ancient Towns Around Shanghai: XI TANG

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Format: Papercover
Page: 131
Publication Date: 04/2010
ISBN: 9787119061719
Xitang, a town of ancient residences, is renowned for many bridges, lanes and covered corridors. Visitors may find shelter from the sun and rain under the many extended corridors with hanging red lanterns, and discover a sense of history winding through the cracks along the quiet lengths of Shipi Lane and Ji Family Lane. The town has numerous Ming and Qing dynasty buildings. You can still sense a profound scholarly air in Zunwen and Zuijing halls, and observe in West Garden a few arcaded houses, appearing as if suspended in the sky. In a small boat you can glide forward through drizzle and willows, looking for the Divine Hall along the Incense-Burning Waterway while appreciating stone bridges and flowing waters ¨C scenery typical of southeast China. At dusk on Yongning Bridge, you may capture another aspect of Xitang¡¯s beauty and tranquility by enjoying the moonrise, viewing lanterns and listening to the soft paddle-strokes through the water; while at dawn, breathe in strong whiffs of awakening life from wafting chimney smoke or early morning haze, hanging over the river channels, old houses and streets, as well as stone bridges, all comprising elements of a traditional Chinese painting.
Table of Contents
A Vibrant 1,000-year-old Town
Antique Buildings for Mixed Commercial-Residential Use
Historical Channels and Suspended Buildings
Stone Bridges in Xitang
Stories of OId Residences
Memories of West Garden
Temple of Loyal Grain-Escod General
Incense'Burning Waterway and Dongyue Temple
Folk Culture Museums
Riverside Taverns and Local Flavors
Red Azaleas and Blue.white Printed CIoth
Scenic Spots
Local Delicacies
HOw to Get to Tongli
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