Hexia Old Town in Huai'an
2017-07-13 17:11:00

Narrow lanes, mottled walls and ancient slabstone-paved roads…Walking into the thousand-year-old town of Hexia in Huai'an city, I seemed to have been here before.

About 2,500 years ago, King Fuchai of the State of Wu built the Han Gou (Han Conduit), which joined the Huaihe River in Hexia, thus connecting the south with the north. From then on, the small town gradually flourished and attained the peak of its prosperity in Ming and Qing dynasties.

Today, with less hustle and bustle out there, the town has become a cozy and leisurely corner of the city.

More than 70 percent of the folk houses in Hexia are brick and wood structures passed down from before the Qing Dynasty, which are still well preserved. Strolling around here, visitors can see the aboriginal state of life in this ancient town and experience its profound culture.

The town gave birth to many great men in history, including Wu Cheng'an, author of the world-famous novel Journey to the West, Han Xin, an outstanding military general and strategist during Qin and Han dynasties, Zhao Gu, the Tang Dynasty poet, and Liang Hongyu, a heroic woman in the Song Dynasty.

In addition, famous dishes in Huaiyang cuisine, such as Wenlou crab soup dumplings and scrambled eggs, were first invented here. There remain many century-old stores offering attractive and tasty food.

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Source:jschina.com.cn Editor:Amanda