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“CHONGWU Ancient Walled City Of Stone Carvings!”

Chongwu Ancient Town
Reviewed January 6, 2014

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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Reviewed April 25, 2013

The city walls have been mostly rebuilt, so there is little remains of what was the original wall.

Within the city walls are stone carvings, which is a specialty industry of this particular region.

You can purchase little souvenirs carved from stone. Nothing much else.

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Reviewed February 19, 2013

What might have been an interesting walled city is now just a shabby, rebuilt modern poor town surrounded by the repaired walls of the old city. You can walk the walls of the old town which were renovated in the last decade or so and look out to sea and imagine what life would have been like with the invading Japanese. But turn your head to look in on the city and you will see the backside of a refurnbished town. Some remnants of the old housing stock and narrow streets remain but like in other towns in this area locals are building their houses where they can in piecemeal fashion and this is what is happening here. The walk along the walks is 2.5km long and goes the whole way around the town. Entry to the walkway is left or right at the main gate facing the Daoist temple.

Outside the walls is a sculpture park illustrating some of the major works of Chinese literary heritage with inscriptions in old Chinese, our guide told us it was akin to reading Latin. If you want there are club cars available to transport people around to the furthest points and back to the main gate. The scupltures also include many images of Fujian women with traditional headscarves. Look carefully and you will see some of the women in the park still sport the same styles.

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Reviewed January 3, 2013

Chongwu Ancient Town was built in 1384 to fight against the Japanese pirate. The town is the best-preserved T-shaped stone-walled city in China. The large sculpture park on the narrow strip south of ht fortress between the city wall and the beach. I am very impressed by the remarkable stone carving artwork. Another scene impress me is Hui'an maidens who dressed up the short cyan jackets and skintight black hip huggers and they cover their heads with colorful scarves and conical hats.

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