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Tour around Zhanggong Village

Source: Changjiang Weekly 09/08/2016 05:09:21

Zhanggong Village (张公山寨) is located in a mountainous area south of the Yangtze River; this area, according to historical record, served as a major battlefield on a number of occasions since the Spring and Autumn and Warring States Periods.

Many legendary stories of heroes and kings continue to be told around here. Some examples include King Zhuang of Chu (613-591 B.C.) banging his drum to call for help, Sun Quan (182-252) proclaiming himself the emperor of the Wu Kingdom and training his navy, and emperor Zhu Yuanzhang (1328-1398) waging war on the waters during the Ming Dynasty.

In Zhanggong Village, visitors can tour the site where naval drills for the Wu Kingdom were carried out, board an ancient battleship, visit the Palace of the King of Wu (吴主大殿), see Dianjiangtai (点将台), the platform on which ancient commanders appointed officials, explore Li Village (李庄), an ancient village that existed during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and enjoy themselves at sites on Orange Islet (橘子洲) and Peach Blossom Island (桃花岛).

Li Village is the most intriguing spot in this scenic area. Displayed in the ancient village are restored ancient performance stages of different dynasties, official mansions of the Qing Dynasty, residences of ordinary people, embroidery buildings, gate houses, ancient archways, and ancient streets. This ancient village is comprised of 24 spots with historical ties to different dynasties. The halls of the museum feature ancient furniture, ancient calligraphy and paintings, ancient farming tools, ancient plaques, and root carvings. Visitors can also spend the night in the ancient styled mansions, sleep on a replica ancient Longfeng (dragon and phoenix) bed, and experience life in this area as it was hundreds of years ago.

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In addition to the pleasant view, the scenic area also provides various thrilling outdoor activities, including paintballing, water activities, go karts, outdoor barbequing and picnics, and bonfire and camping activities. Visitors can also pick seasonal fruits and vegetables, such as loquats, nectarines, persimmons, dates, and oranges. Additionally, local delicacies and folk events are available.

Transportation:

Take bus No. 215, 201, 525, 231 to the terminal, or take Metro Line 4 to Wuhan Railway Station (武汉火车站), and then, take bus No. 525 to the terminal at Qunli Village (群力村). Then, take the free shuttle at the Zhanggong Village Transfer Center (张公山寨散客接送站) to the entrance gate.