Anren Ancient Town

Anren Ancient Town, Dayi County

Anren Ancient Town
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

16 reviews
Very good

Laurens S
Oslo, Norway244 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
Several nice buildings that radiate history. As usual, also many reconstructions. Several nice hotels and restaurants with courtyards. Most shops selling cheap crappy toys.
Written April 18, 2017
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Raymond W
Townsville, Australia4,551 contributions
A Glimpse of Lost China
Nov 2016 • Couples
Anren old town is OK if you low expectations. There is one old street that bas some nice shophouses from the 30's as well as a few old mansions that you can wander around. However this is also lot of reconstructed stuff which is not so interesting.

This is definitely not one of China's better old towns, but if you keep your expectations low, it is worth a visit. The highlight Liu's manor.
Written November 3, 2016
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Chengdu, China1,937 contributions
Amazing place, really brings the history of the past 150 years to life!
Oct 2016 • Couples
I have been to many places in China which celebrate different dynasties, but what is different here is the whole place isn't ancient, it is just old. This town illustrates the era of the Chinese Republic. Built 80 or so years ago, in an affluent area of Sichuan, the so called ancient street celebrates in a more authentic way than say Jinli in Chengdu or Ciqikou in Chongqing. What we have here is a shopping street, without the modern day brands, We have a huge variety of street food as well as restaurants in buildings that have changed very little since the 1930's. There is a tram to take you from here to some older buildings that are mainly museums. The area is delightful, take your time, spend a day or more. I will be back, as it is an easy day trip from Chengdu (take a bus from Chadianzi bus station, only 14 yuan each way!)
Written October 2, 2016
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Rochester, MN6 contributions
Worth a visit if you like history
Sep 2012 • Couples
In Anren ancient town, you will find a cluster of museums and a tourist-y old street with snack shops and tea houses. The Jianchuan Museum (100 Yuan entrance fee), which holds memorabilia and artifacts of the Communist beginnings, Second World War, and Cultural Revolution period. Jianchuan museum was founded by a real estate mogul called Fan Jianchuan. It's a huge complex which will take the whole day to properly explore, and is comprable to the revolutionary museum in Yanan.

Across the way you will find the old manion complex of Liu Wencai, who was a landlord and official and opium dealer. The highlight of the Wencai mansion complex (50 Yuan entrance fee) are the life-size clay statue artwork by the students of Sichuan Art Academy in the 1960s of the grain tax being collected from the peasants. Down the road, you will find the mansion complex of Liu Wenhui (20 Yuan entrance fee), who was the first provincial governor of Xikang in today's western Sichuan. Wencai and Wenhui are brothers. Wencai mansion complex dates from the Daoguang period of the Qing dynasty, but unfortunately not much information is given about the architectural history. The Wenhui mansion exhibits Liu Wenhui's life and activities as warlord, governor, orator in some detail and is quite interesting as a structure. There's some interesting photos and the historical text is quite good, but only accessible to you if you read Chinese as there is only a bit of English language.

The only hotel foreigners are allowed to stay in Anren is a red-themed hotel called Jingui. Rooms are 288 and up (ask for a 20% discount) and quite clean. There are some nice hostels down the road with rooms for 80, 100, 120 Yuan, but there is a frustrating rule that foreigners cannot stay there.

The best way to get to Anren from Chengdu is a direct bus from Wuhou Temple. It is a free bus that takes you directly to the mansion complex and will take you back to Chengdu as well.

The second best way to get to Anren is from Jinsha bus station in the north of the city, which will take you to Dayi bus station -- this will take an hour. From there you will take the bus number 11 (three yuan) to Anren. The trip should be 20 minutes from Anren to Dayi.

A third way is from Shiyang bus stop in the south of the city. You can get on one of the small buses that makes a number of stops. You will have to get off the bus and walk across a crumbling bridge to get one the second leg of the trip to Anren. While the first two routes will take one hour, going from Shiyang bus stop will take you two hours or more.
Written September 30, 2012
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