"Historic Town of China - 2" Xitang by Bob_Shan

Xitang Travel Guide: 31 reviews and 100 photos

Local customs

Pretty scenes and fertile land in Xitang gestate a rich cultural atmosphere. Most of residents are good at writing and like raising birds and planting flowers.
In the history of Xitang, there are rich folk customs, such as strolling Sanctuary, Town God Temple Fair and Huguo Grain Official Temple Fair. These traditional customs are based upon the folk cultural activities, such as perform lion dance, Kylin sending son, God of Wealth presenting money ingots, scrambling for sedan, etc

Bridges

Xitang Town is very unique among the old towns of the same rank nationwide-world-famous for a great number of bridges,lanes and covered corridors.Rivers crisscross in the whole town and bridges are densely distributed. Until 1998,there are 104 bridges in the whole town.During Song Dynasty,Xitang has 13 bridges,such as Anren Bridge,Anjing Bridge,AnshanBridge,Liren Bridge,Wufu Bridge,Yongning Bridge and Qingning Bridge.During Qing Dynasty,the following beidges were constructed-Anwolong Bridge,Duchan Bridge,Laifeng Bridge,etc.Most of these beidges are single-hole or three-hole stone pillar and wood beam bridges.Bridge geams have an exquisite craftsmanship.So far,they are well preserved and enjoy a highly admiring value-rated by Chinese and foreign tourists as "reclining dragon rises above water,rainbow soar in the sky".These bridges have a place in the history of Chinese stone hole bridges.

Rivers & Brooks

There are many rivers and brooks acrossing through the town. These circumstances are very common in most of South China towns.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:a good place for you to understand history
  • Cons:but too many people
  • Last visit to Xitang: May 2003
  • Intro Updated Jun 8, 2004
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