Peek at the ancient city Xitang

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Discovering China and its unique culture as seen in its one of a kind architecture is like a trip through time. Going here makes you feel as if you are stepping into a different dimension that is truly exceptional. Going on a trip to this country and exploring every city helps you understand the charm this place exudes.

Xitang is an ancient town that history lovers and oriental fans would surely find endearing. The known water city was once a hub for mercantile transaction. Stepping foot here means discovering China’s important history especially from the remnants of the great Qing and Ming dynasties. So prepare your eyes to be left in awe as Xitang unfolds its own beauty that makes it an interesting place for your next vacation.

Location

The captivating town is found in Zhejiang Province in Jiashan County. There are a lot of antiquities that can be found here. The history can be traced back to the Spring Autumn Period, dating 770 BC – 476 BC.

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Adorned by the beauty of nature and the rivers that surround it, the town is a picturesque view and a total must-see. Its allure even made it one of the places featured in the famous film Mission Impossible III.

Climate

Climate in the town of Xitang is classified as semitropical monsoon. Manifested by four climates, going here in any month of the year will let you see different facades of the place that are apparent in each season.

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The average temperature per annum falls between 15.5 – 15.8 Celsius. Sunny days last to up to 2,000 hours.

Transportation

Going to Xitang from different cities in China is accessible via bus rides. From Shanghai, travelling to this town can take up to one and a half hours.

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Those who will come from Hangzhou can either take a bus or a fast train through the Hangzhou East Railway Station going to Jiashan Station.

Attractions

Bridges

Travel above the abundant bodies of water that hug this town. Due to the amount of water that surrounds Xitang, coping with it meant building bridges.

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There are approximately around 100 bridges that can be seen in this town. Each are characterized with interesting designs including rainbow and flute-like architecture.

Covered Corridors

The scenic town is dominated by covered ceilings that have served their purpose especially during ancient times. It was very useful especially for the traders who maneuvered on the edges of their boats.

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Today, these covered corridors provide a picturesque view especially for those who will be experiencing its ambiance for the first time.

Ancient structures

Its ancient lanes are other unique attributes that add charm to the town of Xitang. Do not worry about getting lost in one of these lanes as they have their own names.

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Each are have different sizes between 80 cm to 120 cm. One of the most famous would be the Sixianci Lane, which measures 236 meters.

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See More:

Xitang Brief Introduction:
http://www.shanghaihighlights.com/neighbours/xitang.html

Bamboo Compass / Xitang:
http://www.bamboocompass.com/xitang-travel-guide-251.html
Aira Algado

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