Xiaocheng Tianchang is located in the northeast of Chuzhou City, Anhui Province, and is a small town with a long history. Located on the bank of the Huai River, adjacent to the border between Jiangsu, Anhui, and Henan, it is a small town with distinctive culture, history, tourism, and folk customs. Now it is a national scenic spot and a national AAAA scenic spot, known as “Tianchang Ancient Town at the foot of Mount Huangshan Mountain”.
1、 Historical evolution
The history of Tianchang can be traced back to the period of Qin Shi Huang. As early as more than two thousand years ago, Tianchang was already the hometown of Gao Shi Gai Nie in Hanzhong at that time. During the Sui and Tang dynasties, Tianchang was one of the six counties in Huainan, and during the Ming and Qing dynasties, it became a county under the jurisdiction of Chuzhou Prefecture.
During the Ming and Qing dynasties, Tianchang’s commerce and industry were also very developed, especially in the late Ming and early Qing dynasties, which was the most prosperous period for Tianchang’s commerce. Tianchang merchants gradually developed into prosperous commercial towns with the help of Huaiyun. To this day, Tianchang’s historical and cultural accumulation is still abundant and colorful, with abundant products and numerous cultural relics.
2、 Cultural heritage
Tianchang has a long history and profound cultural accumulation, with a strong cultural atmosphere. The folk culture and historical culture here are everywhere, making people feel a strong historical and cultural heritage here. Tianchang has a small area, but it has numerous scenic spots and historical sites.
- Tianchang Ancient Town Historical and Cultural Scenic Spots
Important attractions in Tianchang Ancient Town include Xiguan, Copper Bell Tower, and Tianchang Five Ancestors Temple. Xiguan is a famous commercial street that is well preserved. It is an ancient block that integrates historical and cultural landscapes such as Ming Dynasty buildings, stone roads, gatehouses, mahjong parlors, and temples.
The Tianchang Five Ancestors Temple is located in the city center and is the largest temple in Tianchang. It is said that the five ancestors enshrined here are all descendants of Taoism and hold a sacred position. The Bell Tower is a landmark building of Tianchang, and together with the Iron Tower, Ancient Bridge, and Yueyun Tower, it is known as the “Four Wonders” of Tianchang. The bell tower has a unique shape, similar to the ancient Guanyin Temple rather than folk architecture, and is an important symbol of Tianchang Ancient Town.
- Foreigner Street
Foreigner Street is a tourist attraction developed in recent years. It is a commercial street that showcases Tianchang’s history, culture, lifestyle, architectural style, and customs. Here, there are old houses with European style and some creative small shops. The street style is unique and deeply loved by tourists.
3、 Natural scenery
Tianchang also has beautiful natural scenery. Xiaoqing River is a small river flowing slowly in the urban area of Tianchang, with green trees on both sides and a clear and bottomless surface. It is a good place for tourists to admire the river, fish, take a walk, and relax. In the northeast of Tianchang Ancient Town, there is a mountain like resort town called Baohe Town, which has a large area of green shade in midsummer, autumn scenery full of mountains, winter covered with snow, and spring with blooming flowers.
In short, in Tianchang, people can fully enjoy a sense of tranquility and beauty. In this small city, people experience a charm of simplicity and history. Tianchang is a beautiful town with rich cultural relics and natural landscape. It is the most typical type of ancient town in China and also a city with infinite charm.