Mentioning ancient towns in China, most people would think of famous spots like Zhenyuan ancient town, Qiandeng Ancient town. However, other ancient towns like Fubao Town also serve as amazing displays for ancient charming. Fubao Town is surrounded by water on three sides and there is a saying of “A snake coiling three turtles” and “Five bridges locking two rivers”. Wandering around in Fubao town, time-honored buildings seems to tell their profound cultural deposits.
The name Fubao comes from a legend. Long ago there lived a beautiful and virtuous woman called Xiu E. One day the family was robbed by bandits and left penniless. Xiu E's son died of starvation, her mother-in-law went blind with grief, and her husband fell ill. heart-broken Xiu E went to the river bank to dig a grave for her son, and in the process unearthed a glossy stone. On her taking it home, a miracle occurred. Her son came back to life, her husband recovered, and her mother-in-law regained her sight. The rock was regarded as sacred, and the site as having geomantic significance, which drew more and more people to it. The town of Fubao thus came into being.
Around the town there are a lot of green hills; along the river bank the bamboo is waving with the breeze. The old zone of the city which was intended to protect ancient architecture in city planning is composed of by the previous 3 palaces and 8 temples. Most of the present residential houses in the town are built since Ming and Qing Dynasty. Rows of Overhanging Wooden Storey together with the modern architecture of the new zone seem particularly mysterious and fascinating, combining ancient simplicity with a modern charm. The historic and cultural ancient Fubao town of Hejiang County carries with it a strong minority air and is the No.1 doorway to enter Fobao Scenic Zone.
This town has a wavy terrain. First emerging in the late Song Dynasty, Fubao Town took shape during the Ming Dynasty. Encircled by mountains and waters, the town is still in the style of the Ming and Qing. Rows of stilted wooden buildings span the hillside. Between them are flagstones that wind and meander upwards to the mountain, some as wide as 4 meters, others so narrow as to require walking in single file. Most of the buildings are two-story. Business is conducted in the rooms facing the street, and domestic life goes on in those at the rear. White walls, gray tiles, and paved blue-stone courtyards are characteristic features of southern Sichuan dwellings.
Ruins housing ancient temples, pagodas, sculptures and murals testify to Fubao's long history. Tang folk arts such as Gaosheng song, folk music, Dengxi Opera and lion dances are still popular here. Fubao's specialty dishes are flaky pastry, dried bean curd, wild flower honey and plum wine.
Its remote location and under-developed state give Fubao a rather desolate look, but most of its old buildings have been well preserved. This has made the town a popularly selected location for TV series about the province. As Fubao is unknown to the majority of tourists, it is still relatively uncommercial.
It won’t be hard to find a reason to stay longer in Fubao town. Dreamy streets, hospitality locals, and the silent atmosphere… It is a gift from history.