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Ming Dynasty in Qingyan Ancient Town

 2014-02-06    Ada    Sights    Guiyang    573  

Located at the southern rural area of Guiyang City, Guizhou Province, Qingyan ancient town was originally built in the year 1378 during Ming Daynasty. It is one of the most famous one of the most famous historical and cultural towns in Guizhou Province. As an ancient town, covering an area of 741 acres, Qingyan Town was originally built in 1378. Nowadays, because of its long history and strong cultural atmosphere, the town has become an attractive destination for numerous domestic and foreign tourists.

Although small in size, the town has a well-planned architectural style, hundreds of sites of relics, and an influential local culture. Due to the local geology, this town was built completely of stone. Visitors can see spectacular city walls built right on the cliffs with vast rocks, which divided Qingyan into inner and outer towns. There are four gates in the wall facing north, south, east and west. Walking along the ancient courier route outside the town, and run up the stairs, you can see the south gate of Qingyan Ancient Town---- Dingguang Gate. The town is a military garrison during old times, there are still the relics of the ancient wall in the town. Outside the four gates, there were originally eight stone tablets, which were considered the symbols of Qingyan Ancient Town. Of the eight, three remain with delicate sculptures on each surface. The most famous one is called Zhao Lunli Baisui (longevity) Fang.

Walking inside the inner town, visitors will surely marvel at the ancient architecture here. The ancient town invites the fame of Multicultural collection of Ancient Town for the harmonious coexistence of east and west cultures, modern and traditional cultures, religions cultures and revolutionary cultures.

There are over 30 types including monasteries, temples, cabinets, caves, courtyards and palaces. All of them were delicately designed by the skillful architects of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. A number of exquisite articles, such as the stone sculptures of Ciyun Temple and wooden sculptures of Shoufo Temple are all worth a look. You can visit the ancient business streets to admire the elegant classical wooden houses. If you like, stop at one of those tea houses and have a taste of the famous local snacks, such as Qingyan tofu, rice tofu and rose sugar.
Religious culture here is also quite rich, including Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism and Christianity. If you are interested in Buddhism, you can take this chance to learn the typical Buddhism culture here. Also, you will be impressed by patter of the Taoists. What's more, you will be surprised to find that so many residents here are Catholic and Christian, since the Catholicism was introduced here in 1851 by a French churchman and the Christianity was introduced to Qingyan Town nearly 70 years ago.

Qingyan Ancient Town is really a fantastic place for visitors to learn about Chinese ancient culture. While traveling there, visitors will hear many stories of historical figures that were born or lived here. By doing so, you can grasp a better sense of the classical elegance of this unique ancient town in the early morning.

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