Get to know Dachang Ancient Town
Posted by ugfanfan on January 26th, 2015
Dachang Ancient Town is more than 1,700 years old. Built in the Jin Dynasty(265－420), it is located in the Little Three Gorges Scenic Area of Wushan County and is the only ancient town in the Three Gorges area that is completely preserved. On the Daning River, which is a tributary of the Yangtze River, Dachang is very small with an area of only 24.7 acre (10 hectare) and is called a pocket ancient town by locals.
Dachang was the place of strategic importance and therefore saw numerous battles but amazingly has kept its original appearance. The small town has 3 city gates and several streets dating from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. An old locust tree at the South Gate is over a hundred years old. The ancient buildings and Wen’s Courtyard are highlights and mark Dachang’s history.
Unfortunately due to the Three Gorges Dam Project, the original site of Dachang Ancient Town was completely covered by water. The whole town was painstakingly moved to a site on Dachang Lake, including the old tree. This incredible feat is a new highlight for visitors traveling to Little Three Gorges.
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