Ancient Tianbao Village
Last updated by chinatravel at 2013-11-1
Tianbao Village whose history is about 1800 years can date back to the Tang Dynasty, covering an area of more than 2.5 square kilometers. The village has a good reputation throughout the south of the Yangtze River for its name of “Tianbao” which means “green waves, the best among all things on the earth, the treasure of the nature, as invaluable as Luoyang”. Tianbao was ever the county site of the ancient Yifeng County; carrying profound cultural connotation. It also famous for its “bazaar” of “four village gates of the south, north, east and west, two streets in the front and back, forty eight lanes, forty eight wells, bamboos town walls all around, and the smell of Chinese water chestnut in the four seasons”, winning the name of “small Nanjing”. In addition, the village has 141 buildings built in the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty, 22 of which are under national priority protection; its ancient flagstone roads have a total length of 7,375 meters. There are 43 ancient lanes and 23 ancient gate towers in the village as well.
Among the folks of Tianbao, the slang of “Wanzai firecracker and Liuyang umbrella” is used to describe Tianbao girls who are well known for their beautiful voice and mild character, which are as famous as firecrackers made in Wanzai and umbrellas made in Liuyang.
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How to Get There?
You can take a bus to Yifeng at Yichun Long Distance Bus Station.
you should visit the local temples and tomb towers after going sightseeing of Tianbao Village in Yifeng. Yifeng is the cradle land of Linji Sect and Caodong Sect, the mainstreams of Zen Buddhism of China; Huangbo Temple and Puli Temple are respectively the patriarchal counts of Linji Sect and Caodong Sect; there are many other temples constructed in Tang Dynasty and Song Dynasty in Yifeng, and nearly one thousand Buddhist tomb towers are well preserved, including Xiyun Patriarch Tower of Linji Sect and Liangjia Patriarch Tower of Caodong Sect. These Buddhist tomb towers are the witness of the history of the Holy Lands of Zen Buddhism. The patterns sculpted on the stones are not only religious pictures but also the history of sculpture art from Tang Dynasty to Qing Dynasty. These sculptures are seriously and vividly shaped with various changes of their styles. They are all of great value, showing the wisdom of the ancient exploring the art treasury of human beings. At present, the efforts of applying for a world cultural heritage for the sculptures are being made.
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