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Luxiang Ancient Village

Luxiang ancient village, located on Dongshan Mountain by the bank of Taihu Lake in Suzhou, is known as the highest quality and best preserved village of Taihu Lake. The village has a history of 800 years, was built in the South Song Dynasty. The village is the best of its kind in preserving the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, boasting tall archways, folk houses, and mansions amid a large orange garden. It got its fame of "First Ancient Village of Taihu Lake".

Luxiang ancient village was the hometown of the Prime Minister Wang Ao of the Ming Dynasty and the residence of many famous scholars. This ancient village has 72 large-scale Ming and Qing-era halls, of which over 20 are well preserved today. The history of Luxiang dates back to the reign of Emperor Zhao Gou (1127-1162) of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). According to historical records, during the runaway of Zhao Gou, Generals Wang, Ye, Jiang, and Zhang settled their families here after witnessing the beauty of the Dongshan Mountain standing among Taihu Lake. Amidst the serene atmosphere, they established a village with six alleys. Notably, "six" is pronounced similarly to "Lu" in the Suzhou dialect, and thus the village earned its name – Luxiang.

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Among the six alleys, Jiang Family alley is the most legendary. As its name suggests, most of the residents in this alley are surnamed Jiang. It's said that the ancestor of Jiang family is the competent general of Yue Fei, a famous national hero in the history of China. When Yue Fei was murdered, the army of Yue family was dismissed and the general went back to his hometown living by planting fruits and trading. Once successful, the general built a Yufei Hall to commemorate the great hero Yue Fei.

The village is also the hometown of Wang Ao (1450-1524), a prime minister during Ming Dynasty. With many officers and merchants born in the Wang family, hundreds of mansions and halls were built and still remained today.

In recent years, the village's undamaged scenery and historic interests are drawing more and more tourists, students and historians.

Transportation
Bus Route:
1. Take No. 502 bus at Suzhou railway station and get off at Dongshan stop, change there for No. 500 bus;
2. Take No. 62 bus Suzhou south station and get off at Dongshan stop, change there for No. 500 bus;

Travel Guide
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
Address: Luxiang Ancient Village, Dongshan Mountain, Wuzhong district, Suzhou
Admission Fee: CNY 50
Tel: 0512 6639 4308

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