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Top 4 famous towns in Western Hunan

By Dianshi Yuan

September 20

Western Hunan (Xiangxi) is home to the Tujia and Miao minorities and some of China’s oldest continuously inhabited towns. Here are four that make the area world famous.

Western Hunan (Xiangxi) is home to the Tujia and Miao minorities and some of China’s oldest continuously inhabited towns. Here are four that make the area world famous.

Furong Town 芙蓉镇

The Furong Town [Image Credit: photo.rednet.cn]
The Furong Town [Image Credit: photo.rednet.cn]
Furong Town in Yongshun County (永顺), is home to the Tujia people and features distinct Tujia architecture as well as breathtaking natural landscapes. Make sure to see the Tujia Diaojiaolou (吊脚楼), a type of housing built on stilts and copper columns, , which record the military history of Tujia people.

Old Town of Liye 里耶古镇

The Old Town of Liye [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Biao Peng]
The Old Town of Liye [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Biao Peng]
The Old Town of Liye lies at the foot of Wuling Mountain (武陵山) at the intersection of Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi, and Chongqing, and has a 2000-year history. The city was built during the Qing Dynasty and became a transport and commerce hub. The town is known as the site of the discovery of the Qin bamboo slips of the Warring States Period  a major archaeological discovery of the 21st century.

Border Town 边城镇

The Border Town [Image Credit: photo.rednet.cn]
The Border Town [Image Credit: photo.rednet.cn]
Border Town in western Hunan, adjacent to Guizhou and Chongqing, was made famous by Shen Congwen, one of the greatest modern Chinese writers, and his classic novel, The Border Town. Visitors flood into this small town, walking along its bluestone paths and listening to its fishermen’s songs.

Pushi Ancient Town 浦市镇

The Pushi Ancient Town [Image Credit: photo.rednet.cn]
The Pushi Ancient Town [Image Credit: photo.rednet.cn]
Pushi Ancient Town is known as “Little Nanjing”. Initially built as a military site during the Ming Dynasty, it has 20 well-preserved Ming and Qing buildings that are popular tourist attractions,such as Zhou’s Court (周家大院), Ji’s Court (吉家大院) and Li’s Ancestral Hall (李家祠堂).

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