Love in China: tips on just a few places to get engaged with an antiquity taste

The oldest leaning tower-Zuojiang leaning tower

  The Leaning Tower of Zuojiang, also known as Guilong Tower, is the oldest leaning tower in Guangxi, one of the only four leaning towers in the country, and one of the eight largest leaning towers in the world. Located two kilometers northeast of Chongzuo County, it was built on Aotou Peak, a stone island in the middle of the Zuojiang River. The tower was built by Li Youmei, the prefect of the Ming Dynasty, in the first year of Tianqi (1621). In the five years (1629) the prefect Xu Yue built two additional floors and became a five-story brick tower. The eight sides of the tower are eaves, and each corner of the eaves is hung with a copper bell, which jingles with the wind, which is pleasant to the ears. The entire pagoda is built on the mountain and has a stable structure and harmonious shape. Although it has been more than 300 years since its completion, it has been repeatedly washed by floods, exposed to the sun, wind and rain, but it still stands tall, which shows that the ancient people of our country have excellent construction technology.

  The oldest cliff mural-Huashan cliff mural

  Huashan Cliff Painting is the largest cliff painting in Guangxi, located on the bank of Mingjiang River in Tuolong Township, Ningming County. The mural is 221 meters long and 40 meters high. It is filled with various earth-red portraits and objects. Among them, there are more than 1,300 large and small portraits, the largest is 3 meters, and the smallest is about 30 cm. Huashan cliffs have simple and rugged brushwork, rough lines of characters, and lifelike expressions. There are also images of beasts, birds, boats, swords, bells and bronze drums. According to the relevant data, the painting period was before the Eastern Han Dynasty, and it has a history of more than 2,000 years, and all viewers admire it. 

  The oldest canal-Lingqu

  Located in Xing’an County, Guangxi, Lingqu, also known as Xianggui Canal and Xing’an Canal, is a national key cultural relics protection unit. It is located in Xing’an County, 60 kilometers northeast of Guilin. It is the most complete ancient water conservancy project in the world. Shaanxi Zhengguoqu is of the same name and is called the “Three Water Conservancy Projects of the Qin Dynasty”. It is the oldest canal in Guangxi and one of the oldest canals in my country and even in the world. The Ling Canal was excavated in 214 BC (Qin), with a total length of 37 kilometers, and was built in the 33rd year of Qin Shi Huang (214 BC). Both sides of the Lingqu have beautiful scenery and many cultural relics, such as the Zhuangyuan Bridge, Doumen, Sixian Temple, Feilai Stone, Huazui, Big and Small Scales, Sluice Scales and Qin Cultural Square, etc. There is also a World War II American Flying Tiger in the scenic area. The team relics memorial hall has now become a tourist attraction in Guilin. 

Zhouzhuang

Zhouzhuang is an ancient water town with a history of more than 900 years in the south of the Yangtze River in China. Zhouzhuang is located in the southwest of Kunshan under the jurisdiction of Suzhou, and was called Zhenfengli in ancient times. During the Northern Song Dynasty, Zhou Di Gonglang (official name) set up farms here. In the first year of Song Yuanyou (1086), he donated more than 200 acres of farm houses to the local Quanfu Temple, which became known as Zhouzhuang. However, it was officially named Zhouzhuang Town in the early years of Kangxi in the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the hinterland of Jiangnan Water Village between Shanghai and Suzhou. The admirer said that there is a town called Zeguo, surrounded by water, where Hong Kong and Guangdong are divided, and the lake and the river are connected. It is like a pearl inlaid on the shore of Dianshan Lake. Recently, due to the famous painter Chen Yifei’s painting of Zhouzhuang in his oil paintings, he won a good price in the US auction. People are looking for the beauty of this Jiangnan water town, and foreigners come in droves. Zhouzhuang has become a tourist hotline for a while.

  Although Zhouzhuang has gone through more than 900 years of vicissitudes, it still preserves the original style and layout of the original water town. Although not as magnificent and magnificent as Venice, Italy, it is unique. Zhouzhuang has a quiet environment and simple architecture. More than 60% of the residences in the town are still buildings of Ming and Qing Dynasties. There are nearly 100 in the ancient town of only 0.4 square kilometers. Classical houses and more than 60 brick-carved gatehouses. At the same time, Zhouzhuang also preserves 14 unique ancient bridges. The town is connected by rivers into streets, bridges and streets, houses built by the river, deep house courtyards, heavy ridges and high eaves, river ports, Langfang, street-crossing arcades, through bamboo and stone fences, and facing the river. The water pavilion is quaint and integrated with a water town. It presents a simple, clean and secluded. It is a typical “small bridge, flowing water, and other people” water village Zeguo in the south of the mainland of the Yangtze River. The sparkling water alleys, the swaying boats, the whirling green shadows, and the small town style of returning to the basics will make visitors can’t help but think of the famous sayings of the Yuan Dynasty: Wu Shuyiyiyi Wu water flow, Wu Zhongzhou compiles a good tour.

  Overlooking Zhouzhuang from a height, the lake just embraces Zhouzhuang. The murmur of the lake, although not the turbulence of the river and the fickleness of the sea, has its unique taste. Occasionally, a scull boat is rowed on the lake, and the powerful arms of the rocker, the rhythmic squeaking sound of the scull boat and the lake water are intertwined to form a dynamic and static love song.

  Zhouzhuang, composed of whitewashed tiles and small bridges and flowing water, is a kind of Zen state and the home of materialized spirits, which always gives people a sense of tranquility and peace.

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