Chongwu ancient walled city is situated in the northern shore of Quanzhou Bay and the west coast of Taiwan Strait. It is the division of the East Chinese Sea and the South Chinese Sea. The city was built as a military base in the beginning of Song Dynasty. A troop with 1000 soldiers was placed to safeguard the City in the beginning of Ming Dynasty and it became a famous town for its military importance and prosperous fishing industry in Qing Dynasty. Today, as a key historic and cultural site, the Chongwu ancient city has been listed by provincial tourist office as the key construction project for tourism and scenic spots.
The Granite City walls are around 2.5km long and average 7m in height. The ancient walled town wall was built in 1387 by the Ming government as a front line defense against Japanese pirates, and it has survived the last 600 years.
Chongwu is also famous for its stone carving. The stone carvings here are of a large variety and with profound meaning that shows the charm of the nature and the history and culture of Chongwu and China. As you enter the Stone Carving Park, you can see the statue of the Hui'an Women with their characteristic, the stone carving skills and exclusive tradition of Huian Women.
What is sad about this place.... is that there is not many of the ancient houses are left standing in the walled city because they have been replaced with modern homes and business and it look like any modern day city but it is nice to see the older Huian ladies still wearing the colourful scarves on their heads and some adorn the straw conical hats.
The walk in the stone carving park takes about 2 to 3 hours and it is 2.5km long. There is a buggy for those who have walking problems to tour the entire park but it runs on the main stretch of road thus preventing closer view of the scattered statues in and around the gardens.
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