Description


6 Most Famous Water Towns:

Wuzhen, Nanxun, Xitang, Tongli, Luzhi, Zhouzhuang.
Some other Water Towns in this area:

Zhujiajiao ,Jinxi, Mudu,Luxiang, Huishan.

 

In 2003,the protecting project of the Yangtze River Water Towns (including Zhouzhuang, Tongli, Luzhi, Nanxun, Wuzhen and Xitang) was granted the Award of Distinction by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation. It has helped make the project a model for repairing and conserving other cultural relics. By car, you can easily take one day tour to these towns from Shanghai. 

These small towns,with their 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. The rivers running through the town were once the main means of transportation for local people, but these days is little used, other than for festive celebrations, when bulk cargo is shipped in. 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, oldstyle towns. 

There are many well-preserved Ming (1368-1644 AD) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD) buildings in these towns, formerly the homes of those rich enough to escape the social turbulence of centuries past. They chose these towns as the place to build their homes for its out-of-the-way location and convenient transportation, the same reasons these towns retains such an authentic feeling today.

Go to Water Towns around Shanghai, looking for peace in your heart...

More about The Ancient Waterfront Towns in the South of Yangtze River at UNESCO website: http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5328/

Totally 1pages Totally4 items 1st page prev 1 next last page