Boasting a history of over 1,200 years, Jianshui County (建水) is one of China’s noted historical and cultural cities.
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Chaoyang Gate Tower 建水古城与朝阳楼
The existing Chaoyang Gate Tower was the east gate of Jianshui county town. The symbol of Jianshui County, the Gate Tower was constructed in the Ming Dynasty and was accomplished 20 years earlier than the Tian An Men in Beijing. The Gate Tower has been listed as a key historical relic for national-level protection.
The Confucian Temple of Jianshui County 建水文庙
Constructed in the Zhiyuan Years of the Yuan Dynasty (1285 A. D.), Jianshui Confucian Temple, which is the second largest in China, had copied the architectural style of the Qufu Confucian Temple of Shandong Province. Jianshui Confucian Temple has been registered as a key historical relic for national-level protection.
The Zhu-family Garden Mansion 朱家花园
The large housing cluster was constructed in the Guangxu Years of the Qing Dynasty at Xinjie Street of Jianshui County. It was the residence and ancestral hall of the Zhu Weiqing Brothers who were rich landlords of the area. Measuring over 20,000 m2, the garden-like mansion shows typical features of family residence of the South China regions, because of which it is reputed as the “Grand View Park” in the border areas.
Jianshui Town map
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