A spiritual journey of ancient villages in Guangdong
2012-September-11 Source: Newsgd.com
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Nanhai Ancient Villages [Foshan City]

In Jiujiang Town, Xiqiao Town and Danzao Town in West Nanhai City, there are many ancient villages with rich cultural connotation. Among which, Songtang Hanlin Village in Xiqiao Town was laurelled as “National Historic and Cultural Village of China” by Ministry of State Urban-Rural Development and State Administration of Cultural Heritage in 2010.

Songtang Hanlin Village

Located in West Xiqiao Town, Songtang Hanlin Village has a history of 800 years. The villagers placed an immense value on education, so that there were eleven examinees succeeded in the highest imperial examinations in Ming and Qing Dynasty (AD1368-1911), three of which entered the state’s most honored academic institution “Hanlin”. Therefore, “Hanlin” was added to Songtang Village as a reputation.

Yanqiao Village

Located in Jiujiang Town, Yanqiao Village was built in AD 1450. The village was named after the bridge because is steamy and misty all the year round. There are a lot of ancient architectural complexes remained, dotted with lush green trees.

Xiangang Village

Located in Danzao Town, Xianggang Village featured a semi-circle shape. With strong characteristics, the architectures are well-preserved, reflecting the life of ancient villagers. Besides, there are two magic wells here which were said to be used by a famous Taoist alchemist in AD 338.

Location: Nanhai District, Foshan City

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