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Jintang Wu’s old house

Wu Jintang, (1855-1926) people from Cixi, Zhejiang. In 1885, he went to Japan to business with 50000g silver, in Qiwang(Chinese:祈望) he opened the Yisheng(Chinese:怡生) business, and opened the Yisheng(Chinese:义生) business in Shanghai, engaged in the sale of Chinese and Japanese goods. He sold Japanese matches, soaps and umbrellas to China, and exported Chinese cotton and silk to Japan for profit. Later he ran the cement factory, became one of the ten big giants in the Meiji and Tai Zheng years of Kansai industry in Japan.

In 1900,
In 1911, He had donated water conservancy works to improve flood control, which has benefited more than 20,000 mu of farmland. Established Jintang pedagogic school in Cixi,Ningbo, China.

In 1926, he died in Kobe, Japan.

In 1900, the Eight Allied forces attacked China. In the Beijing and Tianjin area, people were plunged into misery and suffering, there’re floods in the Yangtze River Basin. Wu Jintang donated 150000g silver to the country in two times.

In 1911, our country was flooded again. He donated more than 38000 yen and donated 32000 yen to the Red Cross Society of China.

Around 1915, the three north coast of his hometown had a tsunami, and there was no harvest of grain and cotton. Many people were starved to death, and flocked to Shannan to “eat big families”.Wu Jintang heard the news to pay the huge sum, entrusted the Shanghai three North shipping company boss Yu Qiaqing, bought rice in Yangzhou and Anhui area.He donated more than 190000g silver, and transported more than 500 Jin of rice.

wujintang‘s old house
wujintang‘s old house

Jintang school

jintang school
jintang school

Family Zheng’s Seventeenth House

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.

Family Zheng's 17th House village
Family Zheng’s 17th House village

Family Zheng's 17th House village

Family Zheng's 17th House village

Family Zheng's 17th House village

Family Zheng's 17th House village

Family Zheng's 17th House village

Family Zheng's 17th House village

Family Zheng's 17th House village

Family Zheng's 17th House village

Family Zheng's 17th House village

Family Zheng's 17th House village

Family Zheng's 17th House village

Family Zheng's 17th House village

Family Zheng's 17th House village

Family Zheng's 17th House village

Family Zheng's 17th House village

Straw Hat in Changhe Town

Chinese: 长河草帽

caomao01caomaoStraw hats are traditional folk arts and crafts in Cixi. The straw plaited articles in Cixi are exported in great number to over 80 countries and regions, including Britain, the US, France and Japan.Changhe Town is called as the “land of straw plaited articles”. The straw plaited articles are easy to carry when going out.