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10-06-2012 08:59 BJT Special Report:2012 National Day Holiday |

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As the eight-day National Day holiday is underway, hundreds of millions of tourists are crowding into scenery spots, resorts and other tourism destinations. And if that’s not your thing, there are still some places where you can enjoy a pleasant quiet holiday. Now let’s head to two old towns which are not as well-known as the tourist meccas of Lijiang and Zhouzhuang.

Located along the border of central China’s Hunan and Hubei provinces, there is an 800-hundred-year-old town called Yangloudong. In times past, it was a center for tea production and trade from the Song to the Qing Dynasties. The renowned "Brick Tea" originated here.

Local people began to plant and process tea in the early Song Dynasty after which point the tea industry here took off. At its most prosperous point, there were more than 200 tea firms. At that time, its tea products were exported overseas.

As the eight-day National Day holiday is underway, hundreds
of millions of tourists are crowding into scenery spots,
resorts and other tourism destinations.

Besides its tea industry, Yangloudong is also known for its ancient street, which was listed as architectural heritage at the city level in 2002. The street is still lined with buildings that exemplify Ming and Qing architectural styles. Houses were built with green bricks and black tiles, or with wood and bamboo. Ruins of stone base columns sit in front of some old houses, as testament to their past.

Moving over to East China’s Fujian Province, stands another centuries-old harbor town -Jiuzhengang. It was established in the Ming Dynasty. In those days, it was a busy trading port.

Chen Guida, Local Resident, said, "200 years ago, Jiuzhengang was an exporter of agricultural products such as tea, bananas, and rice."

Now, bustling ships no longer float by in the waters of this ancient harbor, but local people still keep up their fishing traditions.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CCTV.com

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