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19/03/2013

The Guide of Xingping Ancient Town

Xingping Ancient Town is located at the northeast part of Yangshuo County , 25 kilometers away from the urban area. The town is based on the hill at the back and overlooking the Li River. It is regarded as the most beautiful ancient town along the Li River.

As early as in the Three Kingdoms Period, the town was erected, and it belonged to Xiping County. In the Sui Dynasty, Xiping County was changed into Yangshuo County, thus Xingping Town was dominated by Yangshuo which is always a hot tourist destination for China travel deals.

There are many cultural relics in Xingping, which are mainly located at the Xingping Ancient Street and the fishing village. Xingping Ancient Street is more than 1 kilometer long, which was laid with flagstones. It begins from the southeast part of the town and ends at the Rongshu Pool and the dock of the Li River, which makes the come-and-go of the common people and the business man much more convenient. On both sides of the street, there are the well-preserved assembly halls of every province. On the northeast part of the street, it is the Shizidan which is the relics of the Xiping County. The profile of the city walls is still obvious. And the ancient bricks and the piles can be seen everywhere. The once prosperous county is now solemn and silent. The ancient banyan tree which was planted when the county was erected is now with luxuriant foliages. The trunk is so thick that 8 people can just get their arms around.

The Guandi Temple besides the ancient street was originally built during the reign of Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty, with a history of 270 years. The Wannian Stage in the temple is the best preserved one in the north region of Guilin City. And it is with great importance for the research of the history and evolution of the traditional opera in Guangxi which houses many splendied attractions making contribution to China tourism. On the edge of the stage, there are four wooden carving pictures, the figures on which are vivid and true to life. On the left side of the stage, there is a folding wooden screen.

Beside the river, there is the Qianyuan Bridge standing. Though the bridge has experienced many years, the stone flags on the bridge are still smooth and flat. The little pits on the stone, which are formed by the dropping water, are visible. Standing on the bridge, one cannot help recalling its long history.

Location: Northeast part of Yangshuo County
Admission fee: RMB 5
Opening hours: all day long
Transportation: you can take a bus at the Yangshuo Bus Station to Xingping Ancient Town

But it is not a right place for China business travel.

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