Water Margin Hero Town (shuihuhaohancheng)

(Cont’ from Heze page)

It also paints the lives of the 108 heroes who were ambushed the rich to aid the poor. The story was written about 900 years ago.

The Water Margin Hero Town at Yuncheng is a must see place while in Heze. Yuncheng is a historical county. The Yuncheng county castle was initially constructed as a fortress to ward off neighboring contending states by the Lu Kingdom in 587 BC. It was completely restored to the theme of 36 courtyards with 72 action-scenes from the novel. You will find heritage museums, county courthouses, the Timely Tea House, Martial Club, Aunt Sun Inn, and national heritage folk art demonstrations including paper cutting, embroidery, and paintings based on 900-year old stories. All the buildings have been restored to its original conditions. All streets and design of each building style are based from the descriptions of the novel. You can find many restaurant menu items in town that matches what the novel describes. 

Leave enough time for the weaponry showcase later in the evening. There are long knives as heavy as 130 kg. Fortunately, there is a local club that has been practicing the maneuvering technique of those high ranked martial art masters. Their titles have been granted as generation are passed on. Hear the sound of flying swords as each performance blow you away. Greeted everywhere by historical characters from the novel in costume, you will be able to join martial art teachers to loosen your back and sharpen your skills Dine with “local heroes” to get the true sense of what it means to “drink wine with jumble bowls, and swallow pork shoulders by chunks” as depicted in the novel.

Plan at least one full day to wander around the streets. If you have time to spare, you can see related historical events carved into the high ceiling beams and pillars in much detail. For visitors interested in culture and architectural heritage, you will find a mixed architectural style of China’s southern provinces. These pieces have been brought from afar, disassembled, and reassembled into its original form with each piece coded with a unique serial number that perfectly matches. The workmanship is extremely superb that you will be shocked at its details.

The relationship and heroic trait of 108 water margins are precious. The scene from the book are real in front of you. Bring a book and find these places!

Location: Ximen Street, Yuncheng County, Heze中国山东省菏泽市郓城县西门街西门街南段)

  • Tickets: 60 RMB
  • Hours: 8am to 6 pm
  • Average time spent: 2 hours
  • Transportation: DIDI (equiv. to Uber)

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