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Qiangang Ancient Village

Qiangang Ancient Village

Qiangang Village is located in Taiping County of Conghua, The village roads are still paved with pebbles, bricks, garden stones and drain gutters everywhere. The villagers' homes are also built with locally available materials like mud, bamboo, and stones. Once upon a time, there were more than 900 families in the village.

Some of those houses date back to the Song Dynasty and thus boast a history of some 800 years, while others were built in the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Most of the houses are now uninhabited. For those people who still live in the village, most of them carry the last name of Lu and are descendants of Lu Xiufu, a Prime Minister in the late Southern Song Dynasty.

The Guangyu ancestral temple of Lu family is a national key cultural heritage and was granted the first-place award of excellence in the 2003 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation. Having withstood the ordeal of some 600 years, the temple still keeps its splendor due to the clansmen's unremitting effort for its protection and renovation.

During the 1960s and 1970s, many of the ancient walls of the village were demolished. After the 1980s however, a construction team got together to help  with the restoration of Qiangang. The village currently has four watchtowers that face each direction, each tower is fitted with an impressive large ancient door, each watchtower is also linked together by brick walls, which presumably made the job of keeping watch over the city a lot easier back in the day. The purpose of the towers was not only to watch over, but also a place where the gathering and celebratory meal is held if the local family give birth to a boy.

Visitors not only can soak in the aesthetical beauty of these buildings,  but also get a real sense of history and culture when visiting Qiangang.