There is a place in Zhongshan called “Lingnan Water Village” which is said to be named by Guanshan Yuelao (God of Marriage). The beauty of the village reveals itself in the small bridges over gurgling water, riverside houses, the pleasant music of crock crowing, dogs barking and frog croaking intermixing and the folk culture which is widely different from that of Suzhou and Hangzhou possibly because the influence of aboriginal tribes who lived here long ago.
From the Xinhua River to the Wish Tree, the red bridge and the green water, then the Xinping 2nd Village, you can see boats coming and going, fishes rippling water, and hear cocks crowing and dogs barking as you pass by the riverside houses and villagers either working or savoring tea in the teahouse on the bank. Life here is so peaceful that you want to be a part of it. Dotted with bridges and boats for transportation, “Lingnan Water Village” attracts visitors with its special local lifestyle and intriguing blend of early thatched cottages of the first generation, the stilt houses built with Chinese fir of the second generation and the modern concrete houses of the third generation. As a fascinating mix of old and new, it is hailed as “an architecture gallery” by scholars from home and abroad.
Address in English: Minzhong Town, Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province
Address in Chinese: 广东省中山市民众镇
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