The city of 9 rivers

The Chinese city of Xitang has a magic that surrounds you, time loses importance and the daily city life around the water flows slowly. Xitang could be named the Venice of China because water dominates this city and both are inseparable.

(© photo by Ed Graham)

(© photo by Ed Graham)

(© photo by Roastart)

(© photo by Roastart)

A fine mist remains, in many moments of the day in the ancient city of Xitang. The water of nine rivers cross through the city and flow below the amazing total of 104 bridges. At dusk the orange lamps and lights that are hanging on the houses on both sides of the rivers reflect their orange/red glow. When night falls songs are heard coming from the fishing boats and a gentle spice and wine smell pervades the city. The old town of Xitang has a magic that surrounds you immediately. In this special city time loses importance and life around the water flows slowly.

(© photo by Lingyun Wu)

(© photo by Lingyun Wu)

(© photo by unknown photographer)

(© photo by unknown photographer)

Xitang is an ancient city located in Jiashan County, Zhejiang Province, China, known because of its great strategic importance in the past because it is situated close to the borders of the ancient states from the Spring and Autumn Period of Wu (present-day Jiangsu and Anhui areas) and Yue (present-day Zhejiang Province).

(© photo by Xianyi Shen)

(© photo by Xianyi Shen)

(© photo by Lingyun Wu)

(© photo by Lingyun Wu)

Water crosses Xitang by nine rivers that divide it into eight sections, linked by ancient stone bridges, remarkably preserved. In the older parts of the city, the buildings are situated along the banks of the canals, which serve as the main means of transportation in the city.

(© photo by Nikki)

(© photo by Nikki)

(© photo by Lingyun Wu)

(© photo by Lingyun Wu)

Xitang is also known for its roofed corridors. Some streets, along the banks, are covered by elongated eaves of houses ranging up to 2.5 meters and bamboo made benches and chairs that visitors can use to chat or just to take a break. Many of these streets count with wonderful carved wooden ceilings and some of them are true works of art, admired throughout China.

(© photo by William Yu)

(© photo by William Yu)

(© photo by Trent Strohm)

(© photo by Trent Strohm)

(© photo by Matthew Yeo)

(© photo by Matthew Yeo)

Xitang also contains numerous antique residences and temples, such as the Temple of the Seven Masters. Various Xitang locations were featured in the final sequences of the movie Mission Impossible III..



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  3 comments for “The city of 9 rivers

  1. Les
    January 28, 2013 at 01:23

    An amazing place, even more so for the fact it has escaped China’s blind rush into the future.

  2. April 16, 2013 at 04:28

    What charming scenes. I would love to visit this town one day.

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