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Jiangtou Ancient Village

Jiangtou Ancient Village Guilin

Jiuwu town is located 32km north of downtown Guilin and has a history of about 800 years. The Jiangtou Ancient Village there is known as one of the most valuable ancient villages in Guangxi and in China, overall. Most of the buildings in Jiangtou Village were built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties and are all well-preserved.

One of the most interesting things about this village is that more than 90% of the residents share the same family name-Zhou. It is because they have the same ancestor, whom was called Zhou Dunyi and was a famous philosopher, writer, and a great thinker of the Northern Song Dynasty. One of the sentences in his essays states, “On Loving Lotus,” which is always quoted by Chinese students. “Lotus is clean even though it grows in the muddy pond; it is not arrogant even though it roots in the crystal water.” This sentence shows that he is a man with principles. When Zhou Dunyi performed his official duties he was never corrupt.

In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, people in Jiangtou Ancient Village thought highly of education and studied hard. As a result, 160 of them did well on the imperial examinations and were sent to cities all over China to be officials.

Many valuable historical and cultural objects are well-preserved in Jiangtou Village, such as gates, yards, alleys, wells, stone bridges, wooden carvings, coins, and so on. From them you can learn about the rich culture from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The Ailian (lotus—loving) Temple is the village’s most important building.

The village is surrounded by hills and rivers. In front of the village lies a beautiful river similar to a silver ribbon. There are vast amounts of fields along the hills and rivers. Everything in the village will take you back to ancient times.