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City Photograph Association and Xianning News Net Went to Tongshan to Take Photos of the Ancient Houses 07-04-01


  Baoshi Village in Tongshan County is a legendary ancient village. Since Shu family came to stone village to establish a new state in the early years of Hongwu in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644AD), there were nearly 1000 households in the late Ming Dynasty, most of which belonged to the noble and famous or important officials or wealthy businessmen. All of them have left footprints here.

  Baoshi River which originated in Jiugong Mountain and Taihang Mountain flows through the village. Baoshi Village is located in the south and north sides of the river and more than one hundred old houses that have remained up till now record the past times. We walk in the crisscross streets and alleys paved only by cobblestones, as if wandering around in the ancient village picture.

  Ancient stone village with many old houses has left posterity numerous joys and sorrows, prosperity and poverty, struggle and peace, morality and evilness, warning and enlightenment.

  Glory is still fresh after 500 years.

  A “Millennium tree” blossoms out such beautiful petals in the courtyard of the ancient mansion.

  Look, the elderly man feels so proud of his ancestors who has passed down this architectural art!

  The caved image on the roof is amazing; it is not only lifelike but alsosurvives a long time of wind and rain wash.

  The houses here, small, narrow, and extremely simple, are built with blue-green bricks and dark blue tiles. It is unbelievable that it is the former residence of a number of officials. The color of these original pillars is the same and square stone bases are placed above the ground. There is a square wood pad between the pillar and the base.

  The wood and stone components are plain and neat which shows the simple style of its master.

  Staying away from society and putting his ambition in poetic prose and landscape, this was the personality of Shu Daohong; and Shu Hongxu was an incorruptible official who had to ask his parents for money to support his family … In this ancient residence village, many predecessors are to be praised and we should learn from them. Not recognized by the society in their times, they chose to be away from politics, stay in their rough house and focus on the landscape and left behind lots of immortal works.

  In the picture, the child and the pillar represent the new and the old, the short and the tall, the present and the past respectively... In sharp contrast, it demonstrates the implication of the ancient dwellings.

  External walls are built with blue-green bricks and interior walls all use siding and the mullion or grid and fan-shaped post and lintel frame, all of which are enough to let the people appreciate its unique design and exquisite workmanship.

  It is not difficult for us to find out that this should be the mansion of an official person from the name “Dafudi” (the residence of an official). Though two new red lanterns are hung up on it, its classical flavor has not changed at all. This may be the best decoration and embellishment of modern civilization on the ancient house.

  Embroidered building is carved with plum, chrysanthemum and other colorful patterns, just as its master has a noble and lofty character and is admired by outsiders.

  Using a modern means of transport to travel in the crisscross broad streets and small alleys paved with cobblestones can give people a different kind of fun.

  This is an outer scene of the village. Viewed from afar, it’s like a paradise unaffected by the outside world’s noises and people here enjoy a life of holding themselves aloof from the world.

  (Part of the text is selected from the book Old Tongshan.)  (Photos are from Xianning News Net , provided by netizens “the flying fox of the snowy mountain”, “FLOE”, “small black sheep” etc.)











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