Jianshui Old Town

Jianshui Old Town

Jianshui (建水), located in Honghe Prefecture in Yunnan Prince, China, has been a center for Confucian studies for almost eight hundred years and possesses China's third largest Confucian temple complex. Jianshui is an excellent place to indulge in some of Yunnan's finest cuisine, observe the skills of traditional artisans and track down a few well-preserved architectural gems. Its subtropical highland climate doesn't hurt either.
Most of the sights in Jianshui Old Town are centered around Lin'an Lu (临安路) and Hanlin Jie (翰林街). These are two of the main roads situated between two of the towns more attractive gates. Buildings such as these are interspersed amid the falling facades of much older buildings. Adding to the altogether charming atmosphere is the arch of green created by trees lining the streets.
The city was first built back to Yuanhe Period in Tang Dynasty (806~820AD). It was once the location of government office of Lin’an in Ming and Qing Dynasty. It has been the center of politics, military, economy and culture since Yuan Dynasty in South Yunnan.
There are 135 historic relics in Jianshui. The local residences are well preserved. Zhu’ Garden is a large scale of local buildings of Qing Dynasty. It covers an area of over 20 thousand square meters. The layout of the houses is well organized. The elaborate eaves and wooden windows with exquisite carving shows the local style of house building.
Swallow Cave is famous for its scenery and swallows. It is located 28km east of Jianshui Old Town. The cave is over 4000 meters long. The opening of the cave is 50 meters’ high and 30 meters’ wide. Every year, between spring and summer, there are over one hundred thousand swifts from Malaysia and Indonesia will fly here nesting and hatching. The cave is also a Karst cave with many stalactites of different shapes. Another feature of the cave is that there is an underground river in the cave. It is really worth visiting.
Tuanshan old village is situated 13km away from Jianshui with a history over 600 hundred years. It is a living village with old houses and gardens, of which Zhang’ Garden is the best one.
Moreover, there are Shuanglong Bridge, Chaoyang Tower Gateway, Zhiling Temple that are well-preserved and worth visiting.