Ancient Towns Around Shanghai: ZHOU ZHUANG

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Author: He Zhaoxing; Xu Lin;
Language: English
Format: Papercover
Page: 131
Publication Date: 05/2010
ISBN: 9787119061696
Zhouzhuang embraces the beauties of all the water towns in China – old bridges, traditional buildings and small streets on the banks of waterways. Its Shuangqiao Bridges (Twin Bridges) became famous worldwide because of the painting Memory of Hometown by well-known painter Chen Yifei (1946-2005) and its display in a New York gallery in 1984. Another bridge in the town, Fu’an Bridge (Wealth and Peace Bridge), is the only existing structure in southeastern China that perfectly combines a single-arch bridge with a bridge tower. The town has many old buildings built in Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911). The best examples are Zhang Mansion, which could have “sedan-chairs entering from the front door and boats passing through the mansion,” and Shen Mansion, which consists of seven sections and five gateways. Other scenes of interest include the mystery of underwater tombs at Silver Creek, the bell in Complete Fortune Temple, and fishermen returning home under the light of Clear Empty Taoist Temple. It would also be a wonderful experience to taste the delicious food of family banquet of Shen Mansion, listen to Kunqu Opera singing at the Old Theater, sip a cup of Grandma Tea in a riverside pavilion, visit folk arts shops on the Market Street, or take a river cruise to view the beautiful night scenes of the town and the river.
Table of Contents
Ancient Water Town
Twin Bridges
Fu'an Bridge with Towers
Shen Mansion
Shen Wansan and the Emperor
Zhang Mansion
Ye Mansion and Milou Tower
Household I nns
South Lake
Folk Customs
Handicrafts and Delicious Food
Scenic Spots
LocaI Delicacies
How to Get There
Ticket Price
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