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Five must-see ancient towns in China

By Weiwei Guan

June 24

As an essential part of Chinese cultural heritage, ancient towns in China reflect the histories and traditions of different peoples and areas.

As an essential part of Chinese cultural heritage, ancient towns in China reflect the histories and traditions of different peoples and areas.

As an essential part of Chinese cultural heritage, ancient towns in China reflect the histories and traditions of different peoples and areas. Get to know about China’s ancient towns: these following five are the most characteristic.

1. Pingyao 平遥

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[Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
With a history of 2,800 years, Pingyao Ancient Town in Shanxi Province boasts the well-preserved walls and more than three thousands courtyards of the Ming and Qing dynasties. September is the best time to visit when the weather is very comfortable. But you’d better bring your sunglasses and hat in case of sandstorms. Admission for Pingyao Ancient Town is 130 yuan.

2. Wuzhen 乌镇

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[Image Credit: Xinhua]
Wuzhen is a typical Chinese ancient town in the southern region of Yangtze River. Preserving the original appearance and charm of a water town, Wuzhen boasts more than six thousand years of history and has always produced abundant rice, fish and silk. The best time to visit is March and May. It’s better to avoid visiting Wuzhen during the holidays since it’s very crowded and hotel prices are higher. Admission for its east side is 100 yuan and 120 for the west side.

3. Wuyuan 婺源

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[Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
Wuyuan in east China’s Jiangxi Province is famous for its idyllic landscape and cultural relics. You can enjoy the cole flowers during March and April and the autumn scenery in November. The temperature varies greatly between day and night, so you’d better bring your coat. You can buy a ticket for all the spots for 210 yuan, or buy tickets for different sites separately.

4. Lijiang 丽江

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[Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
Lijiang Ancient Town is one of the best-preserved historic and cultural sites in China. Its bar street is a special sight and also a great place to get a refreshing drink. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lijiang is an authentic piece of preserved history set upon a dramatic landscape of converging waterways. Cobblestone streets, numerous small bridges and architecture reflecting a hybrid of ancient styles make this a popular stop for many tours in China. The best time to visit is in summer and autumn. Admission for the ancient town is 80 yuan.

5. Fenghuang 凤凰

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[Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn]
Located on the western edge of Hunan Province next to Guizhou, Fenghuang Ancient Town, also known as Phoenix Ancient Town, is one of the most beautiful towns in China. With a history of 1,300 years, the town features distinct residential buildings, elegant bridges plus several mysterious towers and pagodas. The best time to visit is March and November. There is no admission fee for entering the ancient town.

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