Historical & humanism
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In Xitang, people are kind and unsophisticated. Business here is flourishing and prosperous. Scenery here is beautiful and various. Ancient residences, such as Zhongfu Hall and Xue's House; old temples,such as the Seventh Master's Temple, Holy Hall and West Garden, and Dumk Garden are all places of interest, each of which has a beautiful story.
Those bridges have an exquisite workmanship and all of them are well preserved, thus they are of high appreciation value, highly praised as the "lying dragon over ripples, and rainbow across the river" since the ancient time.
The covered corridors of Xitang attract tourists from home and abroad for their unique graceful charms. They can be used as sunshade or as shelter against rain.
Lanes are another feature sight of the historic town of Xitang. Winding paths in the lanes lead to a secluded spot far in the deep. When reaching the end, scenery of unique beauty will instantly unfold before you.
The window shows the water tenderness, willow green, letting a person forget anything disturbing moment. So, in a day back and forth, in the dim night, in the dead asleep paddling sound, hear time sleeps on water pillow.
RIVERSIDE FOLK MUSIC
“Riverside Folk Music^, is one of the great traditions of the South Yangtze River area. The music is pleasing to ears in a fresh style, soft and graceful. When listening to the melodies in an old yard in the West Garden of Xitang, you will touch another aspect of the country romance.
RLORNING MARKET AMONG NEIGHBOURHOOD
Here the old residents still get up to work at sunrise and rest at sunset. In the alleys and corridors people whisper and gossip, listening to the wind and enjoy the view. The skirt lightly skims over a bridge and a lane, which is full of the taste of life.
If you are tired of walking in the town, you may rest your feet on a boat or in a small tea house along the street, drinking a cup of fragrant tea and enjoying the sweet night.
WATCH FOLK OPERAS
Every evening, the "Stage on Water" will put on some traditional folk opera programs, of which the contents are so enchanted that make the audiences forget about their home.
Nanshe is a revolutionary group.It mainly advocated the anti-Qing revolution in words, echoed and
coordinated with Tung Meng Hui.For a time, many newspapers in Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang,
Hunan and even "Caring to spread wind and thunder with words" (said by Liu Yazi ) created momentum
for the anti-Qing national democratic revolution.
There were as many as 18 members participating in the Nanshe in Xitang.Among them are Yu Shimei, Li Ximou, Yu Zuomei, Shen Yuzhong, Jiang Xuecheng and so on.The poems and articles they left behind commented on current affairs, truly showing the tendency of the literati in the small town to revolution.After Liu Yazi went south to Guangzhou, he gradually moved away from the friends of Xitang, and the Nanshe was also torn apart in the wave of the Great Revolution.However, a group of community members in Xitang organized and established the Xushe, with Jiang Xuecheng as the president. With the same purpose and personnel, it was said to be an extended organization of the Nanshe in Xitang, and most of their poems have been retained.
Ten Views of Pingchuan
In the old days, literati and scholars often had a strong hometown sentiment, and they were good at cultivating the local culture, customs, and history.In Xitang, an ancient water town, there are literati, so there are no less than dozens of volumes and more than a thousand poems. Among them, the Ming Dynasty poet Zhou Ding and his poem "Ten Views of Pingchuan " are the first.
Xitang Literati Collection
The Xiyuan was a private industry of the Zhu family in the Ming Dynasty, and it was also the largest private garden in Xitang Town.In the spring of the 9th year of the Republic of China, Liu Yazi from Wujiang and Chen Chao came to Xitang, and took a photo with friends Yu Shimei, Cai Shaosheng, Chen Jueshu and others in the garden. They imitated the "Literati Collection Picture" painted by Li Gonglin in the Northern Song Dynasty,which showed the literati collection of Su Dongpo, Mi Fu, Huang Tingjian and others, and named the photo "The Second Picture of Xiyuan Literati Collection".