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Old streets in China... three ancient towns...

周庄 Zhouzhuang, Jiangsu province

周庄 Zhouzhuang is an ancient water town in #Jiangsu province. Known since the Spring and Autumn period (770 BC-476 BC) as Zhenfengli. When the town was donated to Quanfu Temple by devout Buddhist Zhou Digong in 1086 during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), Zhouzhuang got its present name. Besides its canals, Zhouzhuang is also known for its local food Wansan pork hock, named after Shen Wansan, the richest man during the late Yuan and early Ming Dynasty (14th century) in the region.

里坑 Likeng, Jiangxi province

里坑 Likeng in Wuyuan County in #Jiangxi province was built in 1010 during the Northern Song Dynasty and is populated by people with the surname Li. During the Song and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911), Likeng was a dwelling place with Hui architecture for scholars, governmental officials and wealthy business people making the village a known civilization spot in Chinese history. Likeng is also known for its steamed carp.

黄姚 Huangyao, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

黄姚 Huangyao is an old town in #Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region surrounded by karst peaks and streams. It is believed that settlement of Huangyao began during the Song dynasty in the Kaibao era (968 – 977) of Emperor Taizu. The town flourished during the reigns of Wanli Emperor (1572 – 1620) of the Ming dynasty and Qianlong Emperor (1735 – 1796) in the Qing dynasty. Traditional Huangyao foods are tofu and wild mushroom dishes.

Domestic and rural tourism has been flourishing in China, especially since the #COVID19 pandemic with renovation and reconstruction works in ancient towns and sites all over China as well as extensive conservation or natural environments.

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