Qingyan Ancient Town

Tangible Cultural Heritage Museum

Qingyan Ancient Town

by Live in Guizhou

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Qingyan Ancient Town, situated in the southern suburbs of Guiyang, Guizhou Province, is a notable historical and cultural town, originally established in 1378 during the Ming Dynasty.

This town, covering an area of about 300 hectares, was initially built for military purposes, primarily as a station for transferring military messages and housing a standing army. Over the years, Qingyan has undergone various modifications and restorations, evolving into a distinctive ancient town that reflects the cultural features of both the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Qingyan’s unique characteristic is its construction entirely of stone, which is evident in its impressive city walls built on cliffs, dividing the town into inner and outer areas. There are four gates within these walls, each historically guarded by stone tablets, three of which still remain today. The town boasts over 30 types of ancient architecture, including monasteries, temples, and palaces, all intricately designed by skilled architects from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The town is also rich in religious culture, encompassing Buddhism, Taoism, Catholicism, and Christianity.

Visitors to Qingyan can explore the well-preserved streets and historical buildings, indulge in local snacks like Qingyan tofu, and immerse themselves in the town’s vibrant religious and cultural atmosphere. Qingyan Ancient Town is an ideal destination for those interested in experiencing Chinese ancient culture and classical elegance.