Longli Ancient Town


Longli Ancient Town

by Live in Guizhou

Image Source: jinping.gov.cn

Longli Ancient Town is an isolated island of Chinese culture surrounded by green hills and clear waters. It is 45 kilometers away from Jinping County. The town is one of the four ecological museums built through Sino-Norwegian cooperation in Guizhou province. It is rich in history, architecture, and art. It has attracted the attention of many historians, architects, and cultural anthropologists from home and abroad.

Longli Ancient Town was built in 1385 as an ancient military fortress. The town’s current style and features slowly formed through years of renovations. The town was designed for troop training, farming, fighting, and defense.

There are three main streets running east, west, and south. The streets are crisscrossed by six alleys which divide the city into nine relatively independent residential zones. The town’s most distinct architecture is the house’s sub-cellars. The places were in the style of two-story firewall dwellings.

The most well-preserved architecture includes Tao’s Grand Courtyard, the Imperial Examinations Mansion, Wu-Chu Mansion, and the two Wang Ancestral Halls. The most famous scenic spots include Dragon Tender Courtyard, Imperial Examination Champion Bridge, the mausoleum, and the ancestral temple.