It is said that the ancient dwelling is the living history. Tongshan County, lies in the junction of Hubei and Jiangxi Provinces, is the famous home to ancient dwellings of Hubei. According to investigation and research, there exist more than 30 the dwelling group of the Ming and Qing Dynasties that have value of researching, visiting and exploiting, which is really a miracle of buildings of that period.
Dafudi, which lies in the suburb of Dalu Town in Tongshan, is called “Yuyuan” or “the foremost residence of Chu Tian”. Covering an area of 10000 square meters, it is the largest and best conserved buildings in the Qing dynasty existing in Hubei Province. “Yuyuan” is well equipped and fully functioned. It is rich in forecourt, sermon building, Yiji Drugstore, stable, weaving house, firewood house, kitchen, theatrical stage, gardens, bamboo, lotus and etc, shaping a political, economic and cultural epitome of the era.
The ancient dwellings are left by the magistrate of Jiangxi Province Wang Mingfan in the middle-late Qing. Conferred as Chaoyi Dafu, he wrote a plaque read personal mansion” hang on the porch. Wandering in the dwellings, the lost prosperity and glory and the love and hate of life can still be seen.
Baoshi Village ancient dwellings at the foot of Jiugong mountain are the largest and most integrated historical dwellings in South Hubei. Dawushen ancient dwellings, which lie in Meigang Village of Tongyang Town, are also the masterpiece of history. The fan-shaped wood-carving of doors and windows, the stone carving of hall and pillar and the brick sculpture of gate are all carved carefully and exquisitely, showing ancient people’s diligence and wisdom.