The Birthplace of Kunqu - Qiandeng Ancient Town Travelogue 38


The ancient town of Qiandeng has a history of over 2,500 years and is home to GU Yanwu, an outstanding thinker and scholar of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties, as well as the birthplace of Kunqu, the world's oral and intangible cultural heritage and the ancestor of a hundred operas.
In this tranquil town, you can relive Gu Yanwu's stories, or find a small teahouse near the water to watch a flatboat paddle by and listen to the "Kunqu", known as the ancestor of a hundred operas.
The ancient town of Qiandeng has a history of more than 2,500 years and is a cultural town in the south of the Yangtze River, with a rich cultural heritage, a rich population, and a clear atmosphere.
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The town has many monuments such as the Yu's Pawnshop, the world's first jade reclining Buddha, the thousand-year-old Qinfeng Pagoda, the Yanfu Zen Temple, the former residence of Gu Yanwu, the Gu Yanwu Cemetery, the Datang Ecological Park, and the arch-shaped stone bridge built in the Ming and Qing dynasties. An ancient town with white walls and black tiles, full of Corn charm

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The ancient town of Qiandeng is the hometown of GU Yanwu, the famous patriotic scholar who said "the rise and fall of the world is the responsibility of every man", and the birthplace of Kunqu, the "ancestor of a hundred operas" and the birthplace of silk and bamboo in Jiangnan.

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The ancient town of Qiandeng takes you back in time to a thousand years of ancient times and enjoys a quiet and beautiful time.

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The "Three Bridges Inviting the Moon" is near the Fangjing Bridge, named after the river's name, the three-hole stone arch bridge of the Qing Dynasty, and the small wooden bridge on the west bank, the Softshell Ferry Bridge of the Song Dynasty.

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The former residence of the great thinker and patriotic scholar GU Yanwu, the five existing buildings are from the Ming and Qing dynasties

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GU Yanwu's motto, "It is the responsibility of every man to make the world rise and fall", has inspired countless Chinese sons and daughters over the past 400 years.

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In ancient times, water transport was the main mode of transportation, so most of the ancient villages and towns in the south of the Yangtze River were built on the water and people lived near it.

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Xu-Fu Memorial Hall Xu Fu was a Qin Dynasty Buddhist monk who crossed over to Japan in 210 BC, arriving in Kyushu and other parts of Japan, where members of the Xu-Fu community followed the customs, married and taught technology. The members of Xu Fu's group followed the customs of the villagers, married and taught them techniques. Xu-Fu was respected by the Japanese people as the father of farming and the father of weaving.

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The Thousand-Year Old Pagoda - Qinfeng Pagoda, built-in 503, is a brick and wooden structure, 38.7m high, with a cast iron top brake and wooden railings on the outer edge of each floor. I would like to climb it to see the four seas, but the autumn wind and sick bones are not yet victorious."

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Yanfu Temple In 210 B.C., the fifth eastern tour of Emperor Qin Shi Huang climbed the mountain at Qiandeng to look at the sea, and it is said that Xu Fu gathered here to successfully cross over to Japan. Xu-Fu was accompanied by his seven sons and a hundred other workers, leaving one son to change his surname to Wang and live in seclusion in Qiandeng. The Yanfu Temple was built in honour of the First Emperor and Xu-Fu.

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The Ming and Qing dynasty stone street is the longest and most complete stone street in Jiangsu province, stretching for 2 km.

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The street is connected to the rivers and streams with deep drains so that no water can accumulate even in heavy rain. In ancient times, the road was so narrow that it was said that "when you step on the stone slabs, you can see a line of sky above your head".

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The Yanfu Temple and the Qinfeng Pagoda, built to commemorate Qin Shi Huang and Xu-Fu

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With its winding and clear rivers, houses built along the river and beautiful stone arched bridges, Qiandeng have the unique appearance of a water town in southern China.

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The ancient town of Qiandeng is the birthplace of Kunqu. Kunqu, also known as Kunqu Opera, Kunqiang and Kunshan, is one of the oldest Chinese operas and was listed by UNESCO as one of the first "Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity" in 2001.

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The Peony Pavilion, built to commemorate the famous kunqu play "The Peony Pavilion", has a stone monument next to it that says "The birthplace of kunqu is Qiandeng".

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The founder of kunqu, GU Jian, was born in Qiandeng around 1368 and was an opera singer in the late Yuan and early Ming dynasties. The museum has an exhibition on the history of kunqu upstairs and a hall, downstairs where many people often gather to perform and enjoy the art of kunqu.

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