Seven hundrends of years ago (South Song dynasty, AC 1250), Family Zheng went from the north to settle their home at Zhenghai, Ningbo.
The clan leader at that time was the seventeenth son of the family, so the village was called as Family Zheng’s Seventeenth House(Chinese:郑氏十七房) after that. Its area is about 60,000 square meters. Most of the constructions is of Ming dynasty and Qing dynasty style. It is one of the largest completely saved ancient construction villages of Ming&Qing dynasty style in China. More than 300 families live in the village now. A hotel operators had turned some of the houses into hotels, so you can taste the ancient peaceful life in this old houses.
There’re three tops of Ningbo in the villages:
1)largest number of flagpoles, highest flagpoles,
2)River will not go dried even if no rain for 3 years ,
3)Largest number of Horse head walls, will not be destroyed by Typhoon.
Business men from Family Zheng’s Seventeenth House village, are one of the earliest business Ningbo groups. Some of them went to Shanghai, start business of some stores,factories and banks. The famous band Old Phoenix (老凤祥) of Jewellery and hero (英雄) of Pen are created by Zheng’s.
There’re several Nine Dragons Lakes in China, the number nine and the animal dragon are both favorited nouns in Chinese.
Nine Dragons Lakes is an AAAA scenery area. It locates at Zhenghai, Ningbo, China, about 20km to the center of Ningbo. The dark mountain peaks around the lake standing like eyebrows, a border of green hills winds arranged in a circle. The green waves in the lake is like a mirror, the mountain sends its shadows on it. There’re bamboos on both sides of the roads, monkeys on the island.
The Nine Dragons Villas (Jiulong Shanzhuang, Chinese: 九龙湖度假村) stands on the shores of Nine Dragons Lakes, 20 kilometers north of Ningbo. The scenery is dominated by green mountainsides and wild bamboo stands, lending the hotel an aura of natural peace and tranquility. The hotel has 138 guestrooms, including standard rooms, suites and villas. This Ningbo hotel’s weatlh of recreational facilities includes boats, the Monkey Island recreational area, a bowling alley, shuffle board, KTV, a chess and cards room, sauna, massages, beauty salon, gym, fishing and an outdoor swimming pool.A well-appointed conference center, business center and VIP reception room stand ready for corporate functions and business meetings. Many items on the menu at the on-site restaurant outlet are taken directly from the lake, with a seperate focus on tender venison. The exquisite dining venue maximizes guests’ appreciation of Nine Dragons Lake’s beautiful scenery.