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Four ancient towns around Beijing

By Weiwei Guan

December 13

Lower numbers of tourist during the winter in ancient towns around Beijing are good news for anyone who would like to have some peace at a tourist attraction. Here are four such places worth a visit.

Lower numbers of tourist during the winter in ancient towns around Beijing are good news for anyone who would like to have some peace at a tourist attraction. Here are four such places worth a visit.

Lower numbers of tourist during the winter in ancient towns around Beijing are good news for anyone who would like to have some peace at a tourist attraction. Here are four such places worth a visit.

1.Gubei Water Town

Gubei Water Town has many rivers, with its typical ancient architectures built along the rivers part of picturesque views. [Image Credit: Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development]
Musical water show at Wangjing Street, Gubei Water Town. [Image Credit: Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development]
Situated at the foot of Simatai Great Wall in Miyun District, Gubei Water Town is a rarely seen attraction that combines mountains, water and ancient-style architecture in northern China. There are more than 20 inns distributed along the streets and rivers in the town, a highlight of the town.

Gubei Water Town has rich geothermal resources which were discovered by soldiers who built the Great Wall during the Ming Dynasty. It is awesome to enjoy a hot spring in winter in this peaceful small town.

Gubei Water Town has some wonderful night views, and you surely don’t want to miss the musical water show on its Wangjing Street.

2. Taihang Water Town, Lianxiang

Taihang Water Town, Lianxiang [Image Credit: Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development]
Located at Yixian County, Baoding of Hebei Province, Taihang Water Town is a 4A (the top being 5A) level scenic spot. It provides visitors with a unique experience of folk culture of the Taihang Mountains. Well-preserved old theaters are found here. Handicrafts of clay sculptures and sugar paintings decorate the street.

3.Hongya Ancient Town

Night scenes of Hongya Ancient Town. [Image Credit: Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development]
Near Banshan Village of Pingshan County, Hebei Province, Hongya ancient town has a reputation of being the “largest museum of Taihang folk architecture” in North China, with buildings in the styles from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). Hongya Valley in the town is rich in environmental resources, with summer and autumn as its peak seasons.

4.Yidao Town, Tumen Gate

Gray rooftops of Yidao Town, Hebei Province. [Image Credit: Beijing Municipal Commission of Tourism Development]
Opened in November 2017, the small town of Yidao at Tumen Gate, Hebei Province has numerous historic relics due to its strategic importance since the Qin Dynasty (221BC-2017BC). The whole tourism project was divided into three stages, with the first stage mainly on restoring the prosperity of ancient Tumen Gate, including the Luhan Pier. Some traditional fashion gift shops and special local foods can be found in the town.

 

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