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.