Zhenyuan Ancient Town Scenic Area, Guizhou province
（镇远古城旅游景区 zhèn yuǎn gǔ chéng lǚ yóu jǐng qū）
Location: Zhenyuan county,Qiandongnan Miao and Dong autonomous prefecture,Guizhou province
Scenic Spot Level: AAAAA
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Ticket Price: Free for general admission
It takes around three hours by train,or five to six hours by car, from Guiyang, the capital city of Guizhou province, to get to the scenic area.
Zhenyuan ancient town used to be the busiest courier station on the "ancient Southern Silk Road", serving traffic from the Central Plains to the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, leading to West Asia and East Asia.
Surrounded by verdant rolling mountains, the ancient town lies on the banks of the Wuyang River. It was founded more than 2,000 years ago, when the emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) established a prefecture here. It occupies a strategically important location as the portal for entering Guizhou province.
The water town enjoys a balmy climate with no chilly winter nor hot summer. Ample rainfall makes local vegetation grow luxuriantly.
Zhenyuan is rich in tourist attractions, with abundant cultural relics and mesmerizing natural scenery. Historical residences, temples, shrines, docks, lanes, opera stages, and post roads are well-preserved. With over 20 ethnic groups including the Han, the Miao, and the Dong people cohabiting in the town, a diverse cross-ethnic culture has been nurtured.
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