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15 July 2015

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Qianyang Ancient Town

With a history spanning 2,200 years, Qianyang Ancient Town was established in 202 BC, 1,400 years earlier than Dayan Ancient Town of Yunnan and 900 years earlier than Fenghuang Ancient Town.


Many people know of Fenghuang, but there are still a number of other old towns in Hunan province. Qianyang is one of them. Surrounded by water on three sides, Qianyang was once a famous business town on the southern Silk Road, which was an important transportation channel before the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) linking China to south and west Asia.


The ancient town has a history of more than 2,200 years. It is criss-crossed with nine streets and eighteen alleys lined with ancient buildings dating back to Ming (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911). It is dotted with many great historic sites including Furong Tower, Nanzheng Street, Confucius Temple, ancient County Government Office Building, Filial Piety Temple, Bell and Drum Towers, Longevity Palace, Zhongzheng Gate and ancient walls. These well-preserved harmonious styled ancient buildings earned the town the title of “South China Filming Base" where more than 60 movies were shot, such as A Dream of Youth and My Heart is Bright. It was also renowned as Ancient Building Museum in the south of the Yangtze River.


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