There are many ancient towns in China. Nanxun is one although it not listed as one of top China tours. But it is more quaint town comparing with Pingyao Ancient, Wuzhen, and so on.
Nanxun District (Chinese: 南浔区) is a district in the prefecture-level city of Huzhou, Zhejiang province, China. Nanxun Town, an old town, is located in the district. It is one of the most well-preserved old towns in this region and is known for its cultural heritage. Other towns in the district include Shuanglin, Lianshi, Linghu, Shanlian, Qianjin and Shicong.
History and Culture
With a history of 1400 years, Nanxun has a long story to tell about its splendid days of yore. Nanxun was a blooming town in the Southern Song Dynasty and by the reign of Emperor Jiajin of the Ming Dynasty, about a half century ago, it became one of Zhejiang Province's important commercial towns because of the development of the silk industry. Ancient poems refer to the town beautifully descriptive verse: "thousands of households gather here on this water town market, and fishing boats and merchant vessels call at it side by side." and "At the night market, you can buy water bamboo shoots and lotus roots, and in spring ships carry silks and brocades..."
It was called Xunxi in the 9th century; founded in the 13th century, the town turned into an important distributing center of farm and sideline products due to convenient transportation by water. During the 16th centuries, as the seeds of capitalism emerged firstly in the regions south of the Yangtze River, the silkworm raising and silk reeling industries were flourishing; the market was formed for raw silk trade; commodity economy was developed rapidly; and many merchants gathered in Nanxun, which became a powerful town in Jiangsu and Zhejiang.
Nanxun Ancient Town is not far from Suzhou. After visit Suzhou Gardens of your Suzhou tour, you can visit this ancient town by the way.
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