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Daxu Ancient Town

Built in 200 A.D., the Ancient Town in Daxu is one of the ''four large rural market towns'' of ancient Guangxi. Lined neatly on both sides by well-preserved old houses, the ancient Daxu Street runs along the Li River for about 2 kilometers. Daxu Ancient Town, about 29km by river from Guilin, locates on the north bank of the Li River. With a history spanning over 1000 years Daxu Ancient Town is one of the four most famous ancient towns in Guangxi province.

According to research, this age-old town was formed at the beginning of the Song dynasty. The two-kilometer long stone street lined with many well maintained buildings runs through the town. These structures, mainly form the Ming and Qing dynasties, are famous for their magnificence, refinement and practicality.

While visiting the town, the simple and elegant Longevity Bridge cannot be missed. Built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it is a stone arch both natural and simplistic in its beauty. With the Li River at its west side, it is an excellent place to appreciate the charming scenery of the river, the nearby Millstone Hill and Snail Hill across the bank. The commerce in Daxu town first appeared in the Song dynasty and flourished at the end of the Qing dynasty.

Still remaining in the ancient town are many old workshops, including ones for bamboo-weaving, and the production of grass shoes and traditional funeral articles. A Chinese folk medicine consulting office and an old hair dressing shop can also be found here. When they're not out reading books, the idle old people get together to drink tea and play cards, enjoying a quiet life on the street side, while watching and protecting the town's last ancient things remaining. Most of the houses along the stone paved road are two-storey Ming and Qing Dynasty buildings with gray bricks and tiles, as the swift changes of history can be seen everywhere. Equipped with a front door, skylight well, main room, wing-room and backyard, each house has a functional design combining business and living into one unit. If you go to Daxu, you cannot miss Longevity Arch Bridge. The stones on the surface of this Ming Dynasty arch stone bridge have been rubbed down to a very smooth and glossy state. The bridge is the best point to enjoy the scenery of the Snail Hill on the other bank of Li River to the west.

The Seven Stars Tombs discovered in 1990s add an element of mystery to the ancient town. The seven tombs were arranged in the form of the Big Dipper constellation and the size of the tombs was designed according to the brightness of the stars. It has been the first case of its kind in China. And the relationship between the tomb and the Big Dipper constellation remains a mystery. However, one thing is for certain: the funeral objects excavated from the tombs are of great value.

In addition, many scenes of the famous film 'Sanjie Liu' were shot on location in the town. As such, the area is now quite popular with many films and TV serials. The local food, customs, entertainment and traditional culture will also leave one with a lasting impression.


Many of Daxu's residents still ply their traditional handicrafts. Ancient Daxu Town is thus home to a number of cottage industries operated by women, such as rice-wine making and the manufacture of bamboo baskets, while Daxu men are renowned carpenters. Along the city's riverfront stand many well-preserved traditional-style buildings that date from the Ming and Qing (CE 1644-1911) Dynasties. These sturdy wooden structures - built in a quintessentially Chinese style, i.e., with colorfully decorated eaves and elegantly carved doors and windows - still serve as home to many Daxu families. A leisurely stroll along Ancient Daxu Town's main street offers an occasional glimpse into the traditional Chinese courtyard, where the sight of a grandmother surrounded by a knot of attentive children as she recounts a story about the past, or tells a fairytale, is a not uncommon sight.


Many of Daxu's residents still ply their traditional handicrafts. Ancient Daxu Town is thus home to a number of cottage industries operated by women, such as rice-wine making and the manufacture of bamboo baskets, while Daxu men are renowned carpenters. Along the city's riverfront stand many well-preserved traditional-style buildings that date from the Ming and Qing (CE 1644-1911) Dynasties. These sturdy wooden structures - built in a quintessentially Chinese style, i.e., with colorfully decorated eaves and elegantly carved doors and windows - still serve as home to many Daxu families. A leisurely stroll along Ancient Daxu Town's main street offers an occasional glimpse into the traditional Chinese courtyard, where the sight of a grandmother surrounded by a knot of attentive children as she recounts a story about the past, or tells a fairytale, is a not uncommon sight.

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