Top 10 ancient towns and villages in China

09:37, November 26, 2009      

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Ancient towns and villages in China are places where traditions are well preserved in terms of architectures, lifestyles, folk songs and crafts. You can learn more about Hui-style architecture by visiting Hongcunand Xidi at the foot of Mountain Huangshan. Zhouzhuang, Wuzhenand Zhujiajiaoare representatives of beautiful South China water towns, while, Pingyaois a typical Chinese town in North China. Ancient villages in southwest China are the best places to see the traditional lifestyle of ethnic minorities, such as the Lijiang ancient townin Yunnan. The following is a brief listing of the most widely known ancient towns and villages in China, which you never miss visiting.

1. Lijiang in the southeast of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, northwest plateau of Yunnan province


Lijiang ancient town is one of the last surviving ancient towns in China. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, Lijiang's Naxi people still preserve much of their native Dongba culture and deep linkage to nature. Lijiang may spoil you. Snow-capped mountain vistas, ancient architecture and streetscapes, canals and waterways, and the people and their distinct culture give Lijiang its universal value to mankind. The aged wooden buildings decked with hanging red lanterns and local musicians playing the centuries old Naxi instruments in the time worn streets, display a lifestyle and culture that seems lost in time.

Source: China.org.cn

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