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Top 15 Ancient Towns in China


Away from the fuss and bustle of life, just stroll in the old days, and those ancient towns that have been precipitated for a thousand years, but also hidden a lot of old stories, the longer the time, the greater the charm.
Wandering in the ancient town, walking in the small bridges and flowing water homes, listening to the singing voice on the passing boats, as if back in time, there is a unique style!

Top 15 Ancient Towns in China

1. Lijiang Ancient Town

In the ancient city of Lijiang, you can see water everywhere, is a beautiful water city. The overall layout of the ancient town of Lijiang is the layout of the eight trigrams, when playing inside follow certain rules, and you will find that you can not go out.
Lijiang Ancient Town
Here simple and elegant folk style, the town has more ancient trees, temples, temples, ancient shrines, and pavilions, showing the unique wind of the ancient city of Lijiang charm.

2. Tongli Ancient Town

The lakes and wetlands in Jiangnan have brought this area to life; the ancient woody buildings of the Ming and Qing dynasties have witnessed the flow of water here. The calm and relaxed people of Tongli still keep the quietness of the years here like back then.
Tongli Ancient Town
Walk into this place to experience the wu-top boats under Lu Xun’s writing, as well as the endless poetry and the gentle Wu-nong soft language.
Walking into the ancient town of Tongli, you will feel a breath of elegance and ancient charm, with the gentle and loving Jiangnan, the handsome beauty of the water town, and the ancient elegance.

3. Pingyao Ancient Town

Pingyao is a city where history and modernity meet, and where images of history and modernity meet. If Lijiang is a pure girl, Pingyao is a beautiful woman who is intoxicated by the chaos of the world and is one of the four remaining complete ancient cities in China, with a history of over 2,700 years.
Pingyao Ancient Town
It is one of the four remaining ancient cities in China with a history of more than 2,700 years, built according to the “left ancestor and right community” of feudal rites and Zhu Yuanzhang’s “high wall” policy. The financial giant of the eight banknote numbers looks like today.

4. Xitang Ancient Town

A flower is a world, a leaf is a Bodhi. When you come to Xitang, you must enjoy the flowers.
The water town at the beginning of the night makes you feel like you are entering a picturesque dream. Quaint, and gentle, these unique features of Jiangnan can be appreciated here in Xitang ancient town.
It has 250,000 square meters of Ming and Qing Dynasty buildings that have been completely preserved so far, the scale of which is rare in Jiangnan.

5. Phoenix Ancient City

Phoenix Ancient Town is the most famous among the top ten ancient towns in China. 28 ethnic groups, Miao, Han, Tujia, etc., live here, which is a typical place where ethnic minorities live, and it is known together with Lijiang Ancient Town in Yunnan and Pingyao County in Shanxi.
Phoenix Ancient City
Its glory was once hailed as the most beautiful small town in China by the famous New Zealand writer Louis Avery, and it is also famous overseas.

6. Ancient City of Langzhong

Langzhong Ancient City and Pingyao Ancient City, Lijiang Ancient City, Huizhou Ancient City and known as the four ancient cities, the national 5A-level scenic spot, a thousand-year-old county, the birthplace of Spring Festival culture, rich in culture.
Ancient City of Langzhong
When you come to the ancient city, stroll on the ancient stone road and feel the historical atmosphere of the ancient city. During the Spring Festival, red lanterns are hung on the trees of the ancient city, which is very festive.
The night scenery of the old city is also quite good, so come out at night and take a walk to see the night scenery of the old city. The streets of the ancient city are also full of tourists.

7. Zhouzhuang

Zhouzhuang, one of the six ancient towns in Jiangnan, has the name of the first water town in China, for the national five A-level scenic spots, China’s famous historical and cultural towns, are one of the origins of China’s water culture, and Wu Han culture, with a typical representative of the water town in Jiangnan, the ancient town has a thousand-year history, was built in the first year of the Northern Song Dynasty Yuanhu, and we now see the buildings, part of the Ming and Qing styles of architecture, the more characteristic ancient bridge charm, small bridges and flowing homes On behalf of the city, it presents people with the beauty of simplicity and authenticity, washing away the hustle and bustle of the city.
Zhouzhuang, with its beautiful water town style, unique humanistic landscape, and simple folk customs, has become a treasure of Oriental culture. As the outstanding representative of Chinese excellent traditional culture, Zhouzhuang has become the cradle of Wu culture and the model of Jiangnan water town.
Presenting people with the beauty of simplicity and authenticity, washing away the hustle and bustle of the city

8. Wuzhen

When is a famous town of the six ancient towns of Jiangnan, known as China’s last pillowed water home, for the national five A-level scenic spots, Wuzhen has a thousand years of history and culture and is also a typical water town, but Wuzhen is divided into two areas, East and West Grid, East Grid is much smaller than West Grid, only open during the day, while the West Grid area is larger, this is the only place in Wuzhen, you can enjoy the night scenery, the West Grid at night is very beautiful. Small bridges and flowing water, more physical examination of the charm of Jiangnan.
Many people say that Wuzhen is noisy, and commercialized, but Wuzhen, or that Wuzhen, for thousands of years, it is trying to wait for a person who understands it.

9. Huang Yao ancient town

Find a quiet ancient town, and enjoy a lazy time. I took advantage of the leisure time to go to Huangyao ancient town, the road through a lot of tunnels, but also to see the real Guangxi karst landscapes spectacular.
Huang Yao ancient town
Walking in the ancient town is dazzling greenery, the river with clear water and green banks, the ancient streets and alleys with green trees, and an old city wall with rows of red lanterns hanging in a festive atmosphere, swaying in the wind, like a message of celebration and good luck to people.
There is not much commercialization here, not overly open, and the residents still live here with just the right rhythm, comfort, quietness, and warmth.

10. Heshun Ancient Town

Heshun ancient town is named after the small river around the village and Shi and Minshun, is a national 4A-level scenic spot built in the Ming Dynasty, one of the most famous overseas Chinese in Yunnan Province, but also the ancient tea horse road and the Southwest Silk Road must pass through the town, a Ming and Qing Dynasty ancestral halls, emissions and ancient mansions with the weeping willows and clear streams around the village together to form a harmonious idyllic scenery.
Heshun Ancient Town
And complete preservation of the characteristics of the Ming and Qing cultures!

11. Nanxun ancient town

Nanxun, one of the six ancient towns of Jiangnan, known as the state of culture and poetry and call, for the silk town of Jiangnan, the national five-A scenic spot, is a humanistic resource, the combination of Chinese and Western architecture of the ancient town of Jiangnan, from a variety of architectural style of the former residence, the layout of the interior, can see how prosperous Nanxun ancient town was.
Nanxun ancient town
Relatively speaking, the commercialization here is not so serious, there is no hustle and bustle of noisy tourists, here seems quieter, feel the purest ancient town of Jiangnan water town, the most original atmosphere of ancient town life, where you can feel the prosperity of the ancient town of Nanxun and the unique style of Jiangnan water town.

12. Qingyan Ancient Town

Qingyan Ancient Town, a forgotten beautiful ancient town, Qingyan Ancient Town in the wall are built of stone, green and pale piece, forming a unique local scenery, walking in the crisscrossing of the green stone road, as if through the ancient times.
Qingyan Ancient Town
Some features such as the four religions in one ancient town, here or one of the four ancient towns in Guizhou, more characteristic stone alleys Ming and Qing back streets, after hundreds of years of washing and sharpening, such as the mirror-like flooded with green and black light, to the streets and alleys to bring a unique sense of time and mystery, tour Qingyan ancient town, taste Qingyan beauty hoof, has become a tourist cultural phenomenon here.

13. Furong Town

Furong Town, Hunan Province, combines natural scenery and ancient ethnic customs. It is located in Wangcun Town, Yongshun County, Xiangxi Tujia, and Miao Autonomous Prefecture. The original name is Wangcun because the movie “Furong Town” was filmed here in the mid-1980s, and it became famous around the world.
Furong Town
The town has many wooden foot-hanging buildings in the style of Tujia architecture, and the thousand-year-old stone road in the center is five miles long. The town is surrounded by a clear stream and a lakeside waterfall with a drop of 68 meters, which is called the ancient town hanging on the waterfall.

14. Wuyuan Ancient Town

World-class photography base, Wuyuan spring tourism flower appreciation must tour - preferred scenic spots, the classic representative of Wuyuan idyllic scenery. Known as “China’s most beautiful countryside”. With mountains, water, bamboo, rocks, trees, wood, bridges, pavilions, streams, beaches, caves, waterfalls, boats, and ancient dwellings as a combination of the natural landscape, with a paradisiacal mood, like an endlessly rhyming landscape painting, forming a unique and beautiful idyllic scenery tour area, giving people a feeling of returning to nature and transcendence.
Wuyuan Ancient Town
Looking at the fresh green grass in the field, the rape flowers in full bloom, I remembered the ancient town that I had missed for many years: Wuyuan. I want to go there, to experience the real Jiangnan water village scenery.

15. Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

In Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, there are all kinds of literary and artistic alleys, unique snacks, antique houses, ancient bridges… The water and sky at dusk are still fresh in my memory, and there are beautiful night scenes.
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town
The whole street of North Street is full of food, tea shops, and coffee shops all having waterfront locations. You can enjoy the scenery while eating food and don’t use some flavor.
After dinner, go to Fangsheng Bridge to enjoy the night view and take beautiful photos. When the lights are on at night, you can feel the full atmosphere of fireworks.


If you are tired of the hustle and bustle of the city, go to these beautiful ancient towns to enjoy the peace and relaxation, look at the small bridges and flowing water, look at the beautiful waterfalls, flowers, and plants, taste the food and snacks, feel the rich ethnic customs, listen to the historical and cultural legends, find yourself in the leisure…

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Author: Travel Blogger Dolma

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