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Location:Guilin, Guangxi

Daxu Ancient Town

Daxu Ancient Town is situated at the east bank of the Li River, 23 km (14.3 miles) southeast of Guilin City. Having a history of more than 1000 years, the town originally formed in the early Northern Song Dynasty (960-1126) and was the leader of four renowned ancient towns in Guangxi Province as early as 600 years ago.

Fine examples of the town’s long history include: the Gaozu Temple, the Hanhuang Temple built in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the assembly halls, and the two-kilometer long bluestone street lined with many well maintained buildings.

While visiting the town, the Longevity Bridge cannot be missed. Built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it is a stone arch both natural and simplistic in its beauty. With the Li River at its west side, it is an excellent place to appreciate the charming scenery of the river, nearby Millstone Hill and Snail Hill across the bank.

The Seven Stars Tombs discovered in 1990s add an element of mystery to the ancient town. The seven tombs were arranged in the form of the Big Dipper constellation and the size of the tombs was designed according to the brightness of the stars. It has been the first case of its kind in China. And the relationship between the tomb and the Big Dipper constellation remains a mystery. However, one thing is for certain: the funeral objects excavated from the tombs are of great value.

In addition, many scenes of the famous film ‘Sanjie Liu’ were shot on location in the town. As such, the area is now quite popular with many films and TV serials. The local food, customs, entertainment and traditional culture will also leave one with a lasting impression.

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