Jingdezhen Ancient Street is located at the juncture of the Change and the Xihe risers in downtown Jingdezhen, The ancient street has 136 structures, including housing, shops, temples, archways, and roads, all in the Ming and Qing dynasties. The roads were laid with stones and the walls with bricks. The street is famous for its diverse culture. This street consists of three parts: Ming Street, Qing Street and the Old Pier. Each of them is complete reflection of its prosperous past and its crucial position as a transportation center.
Ming Street was established in the Ming Dynasty (1271-1368).It is about 90 meters long and 3 meters wide. This arch-shaped street is paved with blue bricks, which are put together and arranged in the shape of turtle shells. Looking from a distance, you might see the street look like a group of tortoises which are creeping toward the pier from the village. The old buildings on both sides of the street are, like the rest of the street, very well preserved and have survived through more than 600 years of political and other historical changes. These Ming Dynasty buildings are now listed as historic relics under provincial protection because of their architectural and historical value.
Qing Street was established in the Qing Dynasty (1368-1644).It is much longer and wider than the Ming Street. It is 231 meters (about 758 feet) long and about 4 meters (about 13 feet) wide and is paved with long blue flagstones. The ruts on the stones were created by the old-fashioned wheelbarrows that were in common use in the past. This street was a prosperous commercial area during the Qing Dynasty. The buildings along the street such as the shops, teahouses and residences are well preserved. In the 1990's, some modern buildings were added to the street. Here is yet another place in China where the modern and the ancient come together to serve the present.
This charming Old Pier is made up of three layers of blue stones. Since the Ming Dynasty it has been an important pier for ferries. From here the exquisitely beautiful and fancy porcelains of Jingdezhen were transported to other cities in China and around the world. This is a pier that can meet the requirements of transportation during any season. While we take this as commonplace now, it was very uncommon 700 years ago. This pier was unique for its time and even now. Located on this ancient pier is the famous SanluTemple that was established to memorialize the great poet, Qu Yuan.
Finally, you should not miss several well-maintained residences in the street. Most of them were built during the Ming and Qing dynasties. These exquisitely designed and decorated residences were clearly the elite residences of their time and demonstrate the highest skills and architectural knowledge of Chinese artisans of their eras. Visiting these residences offers a unique view into the philosophical and artistic sensibilities of Chinese culture during their time.
A visit to Jingdezhen Old Street will be filled with interesting sights and deep insights into ancient Chinese life and culture.
Entrance Fee: RMB 50
Opening Hours: 8:10 to 17:00
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