Daxu Ancient Town

Founded at the beginning of the Song dynasty, Daxu Ancient town is one of the four famous ancient towns in Guangxi province with a history over 1000 years. It situated on the east bank of the Li River, 25 kilometers southeast of the Guilin city. Daxu means the Large Scale Market in Chinese, and it used to be a prosperous bazzar and trade center ever since the Qin (BCE 221-207) Dynasty period. Daxu was benefited from its strategic location on the banks of a busy waterway, which connects the Yangtze River system and the Pearl River system. This made Daxu a natural transit hub for trade between merchants far away and the population in Daxu zoomed up. With the booming of railways and highways during the 1930s, Daxu's commerce declined rapidly thereafter. However, since the opening-up of China, Daxu Ancient Town has revived as a tourist spot.

A 2.3km-long and 2m-wide street paved with dark green quadrate limestones that have been ground and washed smooth by shoes, carts and rain runs through the town. Various ancient buildings line on both sides of the streets, including old residences, shops and stalls. The antique architectures of the ancient town are famous for their magnificence and refinement dates to the Ming and Qing dynasties. Well-preserved residences, Old Chinese pharmacy, mottled walls with yellowing photos and posters hanging on it, ancient single-arched bridge named Longevity Bridge, every corner of Daxu Ancient town delivers the flavor of ancient charm. If you are going to visit Daxu, remember to have a taste of the salted eggs, which is said to be enjoyed by Mr. Clinton when he visited Daxu Ancient town during his tour of Guilin. Chili sauce and osmanthus bean jelly are also popular local delicacies.

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