north of Guilin, Jiangtou Ancient Village is the
largest and best preserved collection of ancient
buildings in Guangxi province. History proved
that the Jiangtouers were the descendants of Zhoudunyi-an
outstanding literati and philosopher in Song dynasty.
Mr. zhou is well-known for his abstruse
philosophy of being honest and upright as an official
which was clearly stated in his masterpiece giving honor
to lotus. Zhou gave lotus the connotation of a virtue
of honesty. Here he intended to exhort his later generations
to keep honest in performing their official duties.
The colony of ancient architectures is large
in scale, the largest of its kind in Guangxi. Approximately,
the site includes more than 80 buildings, most of which
keep their original style and features of the Ming and
Qing dynasties. These wooden architectures are quite
unique and elegant: brick walls preventing rain infiltration,
black tiles recording the history of the village, ornamented
beams reflecting the profound local culture and ornamental
engraving-decorated gates standing for the particular
flavor of the architectures. After hundreds of years'
rain and wind, these buildings remain what they were.
Actually, they still dominate the village and are homes
of the locals.
First built in Song dynasty, Jiangtou Ancient
Village now enjoys a long history of more than 800 years.
History has left to this place innumerous sites and
relics, as if it favored this part more than others.
Many valuable and rare historical relics are well preserved
here, such as ancient coins, inscription forest, ancient
instruments, longevity beds and so on. Relics here contribute
greatly to explore the culture of the Ming and Qing
radiates not only for its history and culture
but the talents from it. Small as it is, it cultivated
28 celebrities ranging from upright and incorruptible
high officials in central government to hard-
working and wide-learned magistrates in county.
Jiangtou also boasts excellent natural scenery.
The evergreen mountains, jade-like river and the vast
green field make it appear to be a beautiful sketch.