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Runshe family hotel in Ningbo

Runshe (Chinese: 润舍)

runshe family hotel
runshe family hotel

Its construction design is inspired from baoguo temple. About 400 square meters, 1st floor are the public space, 6 rooms in 2nd floor. It locates in Qiantong ancient town, which has about 800 year history.

baoguo temple's wood construction design
baoguo temple’s wood construction design

Room built from all of wooden

wooden room of runshe hotel
wooden room of runshe hotel

Address: No.217 Qiantong ancient town, Ninghai, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China.(Chinese:宁海县前童古镇217号)

There’re kinds of wooden material used for the building. Burma pear(Chinese:缅甸花梨) with strong fragrance, Camphor(Chinese:香樟) with medicine smell, Fir wood(Chinese:杉木) with light smell.

Water system

water system of runshe hotel
water system of runshe hotel

Runshe family hotel
Runshe family hotel

room of runshe family hotel
room of runshe family hotel

bird view of qiantong ancient town
bird view of qiantong ancient town

Beautiful Wood Construction.

chinese wood construction
chinese wood construction

Nantang Old Street

Nantang Old Street(Nantang Ancient Street,南塘老街) is located in the ancient south gate of Ningbo City. It is one of the eight historical street blocks of Ningbo. Once upon a time, it is the hot fair gathering places of ancient Ningbo. Now there’re many small stores, some selling foods, some selling goods, including some famous local refreshment bar, like 宁海五丰堂、余姚黄鱼面、慈城四季香年糕、慈溪豆酥糖、奉化牛肉面、东钱湖十六格馄饨、鄞州全丰记.

Nantang lao jie, Ningbo
Nantang lao jie, Ningbo
Nantang lao jie, Ningbo
Nantang lao jie, Ningbo

Qiantong Ancient Town

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There are many ancient towns south of the Yangtze River. Some are commercialized replicas, with neon lights illuminating historic pagodas. Some are authentic, or at least partially authentic, having been rebuilt several times in the span of hundreds of years.

Qiantong Ancient Town(Chinese:前童古镇) is an authentic experience. It originated in the 13th century and comprises more than 1,300 traditional-style houses, most of them built in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

The town was sited and laid out according to the ancient principles of fengshui, or geomancy, to take advantage of positive energy and the natural environment. The town is octagon-shaped — eight being an auspicious number in Chinese philosophy. A stream encircling the center of town provides water for household laundry and vegetable washing today as it did in the past.

Some of the residences are quite grand, with courtyards and cobblestone paths in elaborate patterns. Many weathered beams overhead still bear the intricate carvings of yesteryear.

Shipu Old Town

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Shipu Old Town(Chinese: 石浦古城) is a classic example of an ancient fishing village. Noted contemporary scholar Yu Qiuyu celebrated the site as a worthy snapshot of traditional Chinese maritime life. Much of its architecture, dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), has been preserved.

The architecture is indeed captivating. The buildings of Shipu Old Town feature the extended eaves and heavy wooden doors of the past. Even the homes of local residents bear the imprint of the past after careful renovation.

Life here hasn’t changed much over the centuries. Drying fish still hang on outdoor racks, flowers are planted in old conch shells and tempting seafood aromas waft from local kitchens. This is a community gloriously tied to the sea.

For visitors, the town provides a glimpse of the culture and customs that gave coastal life its uniqueness.

In 1933, the town was the backdrop of the classic Chinese movie “Song of the Fishermen.” The film, by Cai Chusheng, characterized Chinese cinema of the 1930s. The movie, when released, ran for a record 84 days.

Be sure to visit the town museum, which provides an insight into the hard, often risky life of seafaring fishermen. Exhibits show the small boats they used and the somewhat dilapidated houses where they lived. There’s also a specimen of a whale that was hunted there in 2004.

Famous stunt jumper Ko Shou-liang, known as “Asia’s Flying Man,” was a native of Shipu. In the 1950s, Ko and his father moved to Taiwan. Ko is famous for successfully jumping across the Yellow River in a sports car and over the Great Wall on a motorcycle. There is a special museum in the town celebrating his feats. Ko died of asthma in 2003.

Throughout the year Shipu hosts a variety of events related to marine culture and fishing. Visitors can camp on the beaches, go deep-sea fishing with the locals, participate in water sports and, of course, dine on exquisite seafood cuisine.

You can even catch your own fish and take them to most restaurants, which are happy to cook to order. Some restaurants will gladly buy any surplus catch, or you can take fish home in an ice chest.

Nantang Old Street

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Nantang Old Street(Chinese: 南塘老街) has been refurbished in traditional architecture, providing visitors a scenic stroll and is Ningbo’s most popular area for local snacks. Flanking the street is a canal crossed by old stone bridges. A narrow path runs along the canal for those who enjoy a peaceful walk.

It’s easy to lose yourself in the past here. Houses have been rehabilitated with traditional touches in a style unique to Ningbo.

Restaurants in the area serve traditional Ningbo cuisine. Some of them have been owned by the same families for generations. Snack stalls are everywhere. Yellow croaker, pot stickers and shrimp are also available. Interspersed with the old are modern cafes where visitors can rest their feet while watching the passing street scene.

A number of historic mansions and pavilions dot the area. And in the main square, cultural performances and exhibitions are held to reinforce the impression of a walk through history.

Minghe Ancient Town

Minghe Ancient Town locates at the foot of Wulei mountain, south east of Cixi, at the shore of  beautiful Du Lake and Baiyang Lake.

The town was founded at the end of 8th century, about 1200 years history till now. There is a story about the town’s name Minghe. It’s said that in Tang dynasty, there is a presented scholar called 虞九皋, whose nick name is “鸣鹤”(Minghe). People of his hometown named the tow after him when he died.

JinXian Temple(Chinese: 金仙寺) locates in this town, which was built in Liang of  Nan dynasty (535 ~545),about  1400 years history till now.

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