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China's ancient ferry museum: Xijin Ferry

People's Daily Online)  14:39, April 10, 2013  

The Xijin Ancient Ferry Street (

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Xijin Ferry, Xijindu in Chinese, is located at the foot of Yuntai Hill in Zhenjiang, east China's Jiangsu province.

Built in the Six Dynasties period and reconstructed during the following Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties, the Xijin Ancient Ferry Street has witnessed many political, military, economic, cultural, religious and other important historical events as well as the history of the city. A large number of historical relics and mass traditional residential area are well preserved in this 1,000-meter-long street. People regard it as an ancient ferry museum in China.

Most of the historical relics can be seen today, however, glass covers are used to protect them from erosion. Walking along the street, visitors can feel the historical atmosphere of different dynasties. Inscriptions are seen on the arches, such as "Happy Boating" and "Journeying Together", expressing the wishes of the ancient people before boarding the ferry boat. "Hills covered with green wood" and "Flying Pavilion and Sailing Boats" remind the visitors who are walking along the street of the charming landscapes and the busy ferry in the old days.

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(Editor:DuMingming、Ye Xin)


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