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Douzhuang Village

Douzhuang village is situated on the bank of the Qin River, southeast of Qinshui Town and 50 km from Qinshui County. The village, which has a pleasing environment and rich culture, is best known for its huge complex of castle-style structures, which has been famous in Shanxi since the latter years of the Ming Dynasty.

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Douzhuang village is situated on the bank of the Qin River, southeast of Qinshui Town and 50 km from Qinshui County. The village, which has a pleasing environment and rich culture, is best known for its huge complex of castle-style structures, which has been famous in Shanxi since the latter years of the Ming Dynasty. Apart from these, the village also has many temples, pavilions, ancestral halls, studies, drill grounds, courts, jails , walls, memorial archways, shops and stone carvings. Douzhuang Village is significant because it is regarded as a pioneer of castle-style architecture and is therefore a centre for studies into local social and economic history and folk customs.  The main edice, Douzhuang Castle, is 2000 metres long, 12 metres high and 15 metres wide. Built in the shape of a “卍” (a traditional buddhist symbol before it was mis-appropriated in mirror-image form by the Nazis), it is divided in four streets and four lanes. Because the layout is similar to that of the Forbidden City, locals like to call it “Little Beijing”. Only four of the nine grand gates remain. In the front,a moat runs around the castle. On the top of the north gate is an iron gate called Neicheng (Inner City) gate, connected to the lanes inside, while Waicheng (Outer City) gates are connected to the streets . The once-famous grand gardens of Douzhuang Village feature orderly and well-preserved buildings with skillful carvings on the rails, window sills and pillars.

The nearest major city to Douzhuang is Taiyuan in Shanxi province. From Taiyuan take a train to Jincheng Rail Station, from where you can take a bus to Qinshui county.  From Qinshui county, take a bus to Jiafeng town, and then get off at Douzhuang.  

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