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.
The Liang&Zhu Culture Park(Chinese:宁波梁祝文化公园) locates at the south of Ningbo city, Zhejiang province. The park is is a love theme park, the birthplace of Liang&Zhu’s story. People often take Liang&Zhu as eastern ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
Here is the brief story of them.
Liang is the man, Zhu is a lady. In their time, lady is not allowed to go out to the school, so Zhu dressed the man’s clothes and pretended to be a man to the school, she met Liang and fell in love with him. However, Liang is a stupid man and could not realize that Zhu is a lady, though he liked Zhu. When they departed, Zhu asked Liang to marry her younger sister ‘little ninthsister’, and Liang could not realize that sister is actually Zhu herself. When they departed, there’s a famous paragraph of Shaoxin opera called ‘See Zhu off for Eighteen times’, pretty funny at that time. But, after Zhu back home, she was committed to marry another man by her father. She went to death on the wedding day. Later, stupid Liang came to Zhu’s home to ask her family to marry ‘Little ninth sister’ with him, got known that Zhu was died, and Zhu was a lady in fact. Imagine the poor man, recalled all the words and reactions of Zhu, once he thought Zhu did not follow the ruls, spoke strangely, then he realized how she wanted to reveal the veils, how he kept blind to the love heart, so he went to her tomb and put himself death too. Later two butterflies flied out from the tomb, it’s said these butterflies were Liang&Zhu’s new life. Now they can stay together.
From this story, we can get a piece of Golden law that clear communication and expression are two Indispensable factors of love affair. How fortunately that ladies can go to school freely in China, and still there’re women can not go out for education publicly in some countries in the world.