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15 July 2015

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Hongjiang Ancient Commercial Town

 
The Hongjiang ancient commercial town is a characteristic scenic spot in China's Hunan Province. The town boasts more than 380 intact ancient structures erected during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, covering an area of 100,000 square meters. The buildings endured the ages with some wear, but they remain vivid reminders of the luxurious lifestyle of wealthy merchants.

Hongjiang took shape in the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) and flourished in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.


It once served as the assembly and distribution center for various commodities - including oil, logs, opium and white wax - for seven nearby provinces and regions due to its location at the confluence of the Wushui and Yuanshui rivers.

In the town, a grand and graceful fresco was found not long before. It is in the form of Character "Fu" (means "Fortune" in Chinese) which is composed by such animal paintings as magpies, red-crowned cranes, sika deer, and tortoises. The unparalleled fresco embodies a rosy prospect of "Hongfuqitian" (an idiom means being supremely fortunate, with a homophone of "Hong" as Hongjiang in the first word) with five implications of fortune, promotion, longevity, happiness, and wealth in the form of animal paintings. The fresco's creation is exclusive to Hongjiang Ancient Commercial Town, and is unique in the whole country.

Transport: Visitors can take a bus from Huaihua South Station to get there. The bus fare is RMB 20 yuan.
Tel: (86) 745-7632579
Admission (for reference): 120 yuan /adult
Opening hours: 8:00 -17:30