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Yehenala Ancient City is one of the places that Siping is most proud of because of its traditional beauty that always impresses visitors, especially the ones which are from other countries.
It has a very endearing atmosphere because of the preserved Chinese traditional architecture of the structures. Plus, even if the surrounding areas have adapted to today’s modernity, the Yehenala Ancient City still maintains a rustic vibe. Hence, for people who would like to dig deeper into the ancient roots of Chinese, especially the ones who lived in Siping, this is the best place to check out.
It is found in the eastern section of the Zhuanshanhu Reservoir. As of today, the entire town has been recognized by the government as an AAA class tourist destination. The total area which is occupied by the Yehenala Ancient City sums up to 10,000 square meters. The structure alone occupies 7,000 square meters. People who will visit this place will have plenty of room to explore and each one will unveil something interesting about the history and culture of this place.
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Visiting the Yehenala Ancient City paves way to getting closer to the real history and culture of the Manchus. For the Manchu, the word Yehe means “the sun by the riverside”. This place is appropriately called as such because the renovated portion of the town is close to the Zhuanshan Lake which is in the eastern part.
For people who would like to spend some time in the Yehenala Ancient City, it is important to pack some comfortable shoes. It is impossible to resist wandering around the village because there are too many great sights.
The great thing about the building inside is that its architectural design is patterned after the natural landscape where it stands. Hence, there is a graceful intertwining of modern structure and all the greeneries which surround the area. Even the carvings on the building’s façade are pattered after elements of nature.
The Yehenala Ancient City is also surrounded by water. Some locals frequent these waters for livelihood. People who visit the Yehenala Ancient City can also drop by these spots to be able to witness the actual day to day living of the locals or even participate.
The architecture of the building in Yehenala Ancient City is something that visitors should not miss either. The base part is raised about three meters above the ground. What make it even more interesting are the clear walls. Overall, the building has a polished look but it maintains simplicity. One predominant element which is used in creating the building is the black brick.
Of course, there are notable spots within the Yehenala Ancient City which are perfect for postcard pictures. Even people who are not really professional photographers could not help themselves but take photos of the old-age post house, Yishi Hall, Beile Mansion and Princess Tower.
Over the years, the beauty that is possessed by Yehenala Ancient City has been preserved. Even if thousands of people go to this place every year, all the elements within the surroundings are well taken cared of. The structure of the building is kept intact. Aside from that, the natural beauty that surrounds the place is preserved. On the way to the Yehenala Ancient City, tourists could not help but be impressed by the flowering plants which line up along the road. There are also a lot of trees and other greeneries within the area.