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10 small towns not to miss in China

If you plan a trip in China, you might won't to miss these 10 small ancient towns.

如果你在计划着中国旅游,你不该错过下面的10座中国古老的小镇。

Heshun Town, Yunnan Province

云南和顺

With beautiful scenery and abundant cultural traditions, this is China's earliest border trade town. A favorite of film directors, photographers, and painters, Heshun is also quite well known overseas. Heshun library is China's best village library. Farmhouses in various styles and Chinese celebrities' old houses are visitor hot spots. Also worth checking out are local craftwork and snacks.

和顺,中国最早开始对外贸易的小镇,以其秀丽的自然风光和丰富的文化传统,成为了许多电影导演、摄影师和画家的最爱,其美名还远播海外。和顺还拥有中国最好的乡村图书馆。在这里,形形色色的农家院子和名人故居始终人流如织,游客络绎不绝。来和顺,千万不要错过这里的传统小吃和手工艺品。

Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province

浙江乌镇

Wuzhen is a typical picturesque Chinese Jiangnan town which frequently appears in Chinese novels and soap operas. It's near Hangzhou, next to the famous Jinghang Canal, and well-known for its quiet and clear waters, fragrant wines, legendary lanes, and handmade calico.

乌镇是典型的江南水乡,时常出现在中国的小说和电视剧里。毗邻杭州,紧靠京杭大运河,乌镇因此也以其小桥流水而闻名。当然,乌镇的飘香美酒、石板小巷和手工扎染也是驰名中外的。

Taining, Fujian Province

福建泰宁

Has the best maintained hometown houses of the leading scholars in the Ming Dynasty. Take a boat ride into the past on the Shangqingxi River or look at the magnificent 'Buddha views' on the crescent shaped Dajinhu Lake. The Taining grottoes are famous as living fossils from the days when humans lived in caves.

泰宁拥有保存最为完好的明代民居建筑群。划艘小船,在上清溪中徜徉,或者在月牙般的大金湖上观赏壮观的八仙崖,是种惬意的享受。泰宁还有洞穴奇观,展现了人类居住在山洞时期的原始风貌。

Hongcun, Anhui Province

安徽宏村

The UNESCO listed village of Hongcun lies next to Mount Huangshan – one of China's five most famous mountains. It's known as "A Village in Chinese Paintings" for its beautiful views and quietness. You may recognize it as the backdrop in the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The unusual layout of the village is in the shape of the Chinese character "牛" (bull) and there are many original residencies dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties.

宏村,紧靠黄山,被世界教科文组织列入世界文化遗产名录。宏村因其景色优美,环境静谧,素有"中国画里的乡村"的美誉。你可能注意到了,这里就是电影《卧虎藏龙》的拍摄地。这里的建筑排列呈一个"牛"字,居民们在此居住的历史最早可以追溯到明清时期。

Zhangbi, Shanxi Province

山西张壁

An ancient multi-functional castle serving social, military and religious purposes, Zhangbi is like a miniature town. It's most famous for its five great god's temples and there are also underground tunnels, and mural paintings from the Ming and Qing dynasties.

张壁是集社区、军事、宗教为一体的古堡,是一座浓缩了的小镇。它最有名的是五大寺庙、地下通道和来自明清时期的壁画。

Tongli, Jiangsu

江苏同里

Sometimes called the "Little Venice of the Orient", Tongli is surrounded by lakes on all four sides. It boasts clear waters, many bridges and gardens from the Ming and Qing dynasties, and is a perfect representation of Confucian culture. The most famous gardens are Tuisiyuan – a garden for meditation.

同里四面环水,有"东方小威尼斯"之称。同里水清桥多,明清宅院多,最有名的当属退思园,这里也是儒教传统的绝佳写照。

Nanxun, Zhejiang Province

浙江南浔

Nanxun is a combination of western and eastern cultures, embodied in the ancient gardens planted by wealthy Nanxun silk traders – the first Chinese silk exporters, a century ago. Nanxun also retains most of its features as a southern Chinese town. Bridges span rivers connecting different parts of the town with various pailou entrance gates and old gardens telling the stories of a legendary woman, or the glories of an official, or just simply indicating what was there in the past.

南浔是东西方文化的结合,体现在由南浔的丝绸富商建造的园林上,这些商人是一百多年前中国最早的丝绸出口商人。南浔还保留着江南风光,小桥星罗棋布,各式各样的牌楼、花园诉说着那些女人们、官员们的传奇故事,抑或只是为了暗示这悠久的历史罢了。

Xingan, Guangxi

广西兴安

Southeast of Xingan County, is Lingqu, the first man-made canal in the world, as old as the Great Wall, and now a popular wedding place for local people. Qinjia Dayuan – an ancient castle which protected the village people in the anti-Japanese war, and the Qin dynasty atmosphere of Xingan are also famous here.

广西兴安的灵渠是世界上最早的人工开凿的运河,其历史和长城一样久远,现在成了当地人结婚的好去处。在抗日战争时期曾保护过当地村民的秦家大院古民居,兴安的秦朝风貌,也是吸引游客的地方。

Shiwan Town, Foshan, Guangdong Province

广东石湾镇

It's said 40 per cent of the world's pottery and porcelain products are made here and about fifteen per cent of China's craftwork masters gather in this small town. Shiwan is the pottery capital of southern China with a history as long as Chinese civilization. Locally made pottery dolls make nice gifts for friends.

据说,世界40%的陶瓷都源于此,还有15%的中国工艺大师云集在这个小镇上。石湾镇,历史悠久,素有"南国陶都"的美誉。当地制作的陶娃娃是馈赠亲友的佳品哦。

Shiwei, Inner Mongolia

内蒙古室韦

Most famous for its exotic flavors, Shiwei is located next to the border of China and Russia. You can experience Russian culture and customs at this Russian minority town and enjoy minority ethic performances such as dancing and music. This town is regarded as the birthplace of Mongolia and retains dozens of ancient relics and most of the old Mongolian traditions.

室韦位于中俄边界,有着浓郁的异国情调。在这里,你可以体验到俄罗斯族的文化风俗,也可以欣赏到具有少数民族风情的舞蹈音乐表演。这里,还是蒙古族的发源地,保留了许多古老遗迹和蒙古族传统。

2016-07-31

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