Qingzhou Ancient Town

(Cont’ from Weifang page)

During the days without TV, computers, or airplanes, let alone a high speed train, the life of Qingzhou is about to unfold in front of your eyes. The old town is still surrounded by the original walls of 221 BC. The entire old town of Qingzhou is a “walking museum” stretching about more than 20 blocks of street life. Residence of local gentries and scholars on Ouyuan Street are preserved to give visitors a glimpse of noble life. Feng Pu, was secretary of the Grand Secretariat in the reign of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynastry (1616-1911). Feng worked many years in Beijing and eventually became the trusted advisor of the emperor.

In Qingzhou, you will find a Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) garden, a historic mosque, and even a Catholic Church, built by British missionaries in 1879. Due to its historical weight, the Qingzhou Museum is a national museum of China.

With over 7000 years of history and 5000 years of civilization, Qingzhou Ancient Town has played a significant role on Chinese over 5000 year’s history. The ancient town of Qingzhou was a political, economic, military, and cultural center of Shandong for thousands of years. This is one of top 3 places of must- visit in Weifang and top 10 must-visit ancient streets in China. Nowadays, the Zhaode Street is no longer just a street, and it is more like a group of ancient streets mainly in the Han and Hui population. As you wander the streets, look out for handicraft demonstrations and traditional music performances, which add to the historic atmosphere.

If you are a big fan of visiting old cities and streets, you should not miss out on Qingzhou’s Old Street. With ancient grey bricks, tiles, stone roads, and wooden door panels, it is known as the “Shili (15 km/10mi) Ancient Street.” Most businesses here are thrift shops for old literature and artworks. While there, you should also try a halal food place of more than 150 years history called “Longsheng Pastry,” a local special.  

Walking along the old streets, you will see an interesting mix of a Gothic Christian Church and a Gothic Catholic Church amidst the Chinese old streets. 

Recently, Qingzhou City was selected to be part of the “2021 Top 100 Chinese Cultural Construction Counties and Cities” list. As one of the 9 ancient prefectures in China, Qingzhou celebrates everything from calligraphy, painting, red silk ink-stones to famous poets, museums, and preserved ancient villages. This is an achievement for Shandong province!

Location: intersection between Ouyuan St and W Fanggongting St, Qingzhou, Weifang

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  • Ticket: Free
  • Hours: All Day
  • Average time spent: 2 hours
  • Transportation: Bus

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