Nanyang Ancient Town
A visit to Nanyang Ancient Town, in Shandong’s Weishan County, is a unique chance to experience colourful and preserved local life, on the banks of China’s Grand Canal – the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the longest and oldest canal in the world. The old streets are lively and interesting, with local people selling an array of food products, and going about their days. Duck eggs are a typical souvenir. International tourists don’t come very often now to Nanyang Ancient Town, but during the Ming and Qing dynasties, many businesses thrived here, and the town attracted people from all over China, who opened stores, restaurants and hotels. It was developed and rich, as a stopping off point for ships and their traders, transporting cargo. The Qianlong Emperor, who reigned from 1735 until 1796, visited frequently.
To arrive, you can take a boat from the pier at Yutai, enjoying the pleasant waterside scenery and the gentle breeze. In the town, there are only electric cars – no petrol cars. The air is fresh, and people here live long lives.
Location: Nanyang town, Weishan, Jining 济宁市微山县南阳镇
- Tickets: 28 RMB
- Hours: 6:00 AM to 7:00PM
- Average time spent: 3 hours
山东省文化和旅游厅 Shandong Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism
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