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Jiangtou Village

An Introduction to Jiangtou Village

Located north of Guilin, Jiangtou Ancient Village is the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in Guangxi province. History proved that the Jiangtouers were the descendants of Dun Yizhou.

There are 158 families with population of 680. The family’s name of all the villagers is Zhou, because their ancestor is Dun Yizhou, a famous philosopher of Northern song Dynasty (over 1000 years ago). Mr. zhou is well-known for his abstruse philosophy of being honest and upright as an official which was clearly stated in his masterpiece giving honor to lotus. Zhou gave lotus the connotation of a virtue of honesty. Here he intended to exhort his later generations to keep honest in performing their official duties.

The colony of ancient architectures is large in scale, the largest of its kind in Guangxi. Approximately, the site includes more than 80 buildings, most of which keep their original style and features of the Ming and Qing dynasties. These wooden architectures are quite unique and elegant: brick walls preventing rain infiltration, black tiles recording the history of the village, ornamented beams reflecting the profound local culture and ornamental engraving-decorated gates standing for the particular flavor of the architectures. After hundreds of years' rain and wind, these buildings remain what they were. Actually, they still dominate the village and are homes of the locals.

First built in Song dynasty, Jiangtou Ancient Village now enjoys a long history of more than 800 years. History has left to this place innumerous sites and relics, as if it favored this part more than others. Many valuable and rare historical relics are well preserved here, such as ancient coins, inscription forest, ancient instruments, longevity beds and so on. Relics here contribute greatly to explore the culture of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

In front of the village is a beautiful river like Jude—ribbon encircling the village. The village faces some beautiful hills, such as brush—rest hill, brush—holder hill, the emperor’s chop hill, etc. Between the hills and the river are the vast fields. Because of the hills and the rivers, there once appeared so many famous scholars and officials.

Jiangtou radiates not only for its history and culture but the talents from it. Small as it is, it cultivated 28 celebrities ranging from upright and incorruptible high officials in central government to hard- working and wide-learned magistrates in county.

From Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to Qing Dynasty (1644-1910), 7 students from this village passed through the National test and got the scholar’s degree of “Jinshi”, 25 students passed through the provincial test and got the scholar’s degree of “Juren “, 160 students passed through the county—level’s test and got the scholar’s degree of ‘Xiucai “, Among them, 8 persons got the position of “ShuJishi”, which is equivalent with today ‘s chief of National Academic House.

There is a variety of buildings, including residential house, water well, ancestral temple, alley, gate, bridge, tomb and so on. The residential houses survived are in a large scale. Those anti—fire walls, the wood carvings, the old court yards, the narrow pebble’s lanes…all of these will take you back to those old times, The “Ailian”(which means lotus—loving ) ancestral temple is the village’s important building and also their public house. There were once six rows of house but only three rows survived, they are the big gate, Clan—rejuvenating gate and Wen Yuan Tower The last two are the main buildings of the temple. They were the place for the home schools and also for the ritual ceremonies.

Jiangtou also boasts excellent natural scenery. The evergreen mountains, jade-like river and the vast green field make it appear to be a beautiful sketch.

The scenery is so unforgettable that we just want to thank Lord. We wanna sing, wanna dance...

"There are songs which can only be learned from the nature. No art can teach them; no rules of voice can make them perfectly sung. Their music is in the heart. They are songs of memory, of personal experience. They bring out their burden from the shadow of the past; they mount on the wings of yesterday..."

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