Xian Side trips to Ancient Towns

If you are tired of the hustles and bustles of the big cities, then why not drive to these ancient towns and relax yourself, have a taste of rustic folk custom and enjoy the beautiful sceneries? Today I will recommend the top five ancient towns in Shaanxi Province to you.

1. Dangjia Village

Dangjia-village-01Situated 9km northeast of Hancheng City, Shaanxi Province, Dangjia Village is the most completed and well-preserved village of Ming(1368-1644) and Qing(1644-1911)Dynasty architectural style, which is regarded as “”the living fossil of the ancient and traditional folk community of the oriental humankind”. The five thousand years of Chinese civilization bred numerous villages in the history, while Dangjia Village is one of the survivors among those twinking stars. Dangjia Village owns beautiful environment as well as splendid culture. There are still over 100 courtyard houses and ancestral halls, offering precious research and appreciation value.

2. Yungaisi Ancient Town

Located 19km west of Zhen’an County, Shangluo City, Shaanxi Province, Yungaisi Ancient town is a populated place with an average elevation of 1,067 meter above sea level. The area is not very densely populated with 76 people per km2 . According to historical record, the Emperor Liuxiu of Eastern Han Dynasty, Emperor Li Shimin of Tang Dynasty, Poet Bai Juyi and Jia Dao all had left their footprints and some famous words here.

3. Chenlu Ancient Town

Chenlu-town-01On the top of a mountain in Yintai District, Tongchuan City, Shaanxi Province, Chenlu has been the most important porcelain production base of northwest China since the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).

Covering a total area of 99.7km², with an average elevation of 1,200m, Chenlu ancient town is one and the only base which still produces the Yaozhou porcelain after Song and Yuan Dynasties, which was hailed as “the living fossil of eastern town of porcelain ”.

Actually its porcelain kilns can be traced back to more than 1,400 years ago before the Tang Dynasty. The special architecture styles and local customs add more interest to the town.

4. Huayang Ancient Town

Huayang ancient town is situated 76 kilometers northern of Yangxian County, south of Taibai Mountain. It is one of the oldest town in Shaanxi Province. With a history of over 2,000 years, the Huayang town has been a post of the famous path – Tang Luo Ancient Path, being as an important military point and economic and political center. Many architectures of Ming and Qing Dynasties are still well-preserved in the town. Besides, represented by the so called Four Treasures of Qinling Mountains:Giant Panda,takin,golden monkey,Crested ibis are inhabiting there.

5. Qingmuchuan Ancient Town

Qingmuchuan Ancient Town is located at the northwest Ningqiang County, Hanzhong City, Shaanxi Province, lies in the adjacent of Shanxi, Gansu and Sichuan Provinces. The town was established in the middle of Ming Dynasty and shaped in late Qing Dynasty and then got its peak at the Republic of China (1912-1949), and has 20 ancient buildings dating back to Ming and Qing Dynasties along the 800-meter long Huilongchang Street. Now it is a place mixed with Han people and Qiang people. The town once was one of the most important paths leading to Sichuan Province.