02.02.2009 -17 °C
Xitang is located in Jiashan, zhejiang province, China, is a level,densely distributed with rivers and has a very quiet natural environment. Inside the town,there are many well-preserved architectural groups constructed during the Ming and Qing dynasties,which boast a higher artistry and study value,thus being highlighted by the experts at home and abroad studying antique buildings.
Through a bird's-eye view of the whole town,green waves ripple everywhere and every family resides near water. In the morning,water flows beneath bridges,thin mist is like silk,pinkish walls on both banks stand tall and erect and tiled houses are reflected inversely in the water.In the evening,the setting sun shines slantwise,songs come from fishing boats,lamps flicker and the fragrance of wine drifts. The produce in Xitang is abundant, Characteristic cate is famous. For example, Fenhu yellow wine, Bazheng cake, “June red” crab, water bean curd, meat braised with lotus leaf etc are very famous.
Here are some beauty spots: The covered corridors of Xitang attract Chinese and foreign tourists for their graceful posture.Most of the streets in Xitang are covered with roofs,so merchants and passengers are not worried about rain and sunshine.Long chairs are arranged along the riverside of some covered corridors for people to have a rest. Xitang Town is very unique among the old towns of the same rank nationwide-world-famous for a great number of bridges,lanes and covered corridors.Rivers crisscross in the whole town and bridges are densely distributed。Most of beidges are single-hole or three-hole stone pillar and wood beam bridges.Bridge geams have an exquisite craftsmanship.
Some old residences in Xitang, besides the architectural culture and cultural relic value of residences perse, historical cultural relics are displayed inside or bamboo carvings,woodcarvings, bricks,stones and eaves tiles collected by their owners are exhibited,or owners open the door to compare notes with the tourists from different places concerning music, chess, calligraphy and painting or exhibit collected ancient books and rare editions or rubbing from a stone inscription.
The whole old town is like a poem and a picture.In this town,people will feel that they are seemingly in an earthly paradise.It is hard to know that people exist in the picture or picture exists in the heart of people.By the way the tour ticket of Xitang Old Town is 100 RMB/person(including insurance premium).