On our 2ND last day in Chengdu, we decided to rent a 12 passenger van for 550 yuan inclusive of petrol and a driver to take us to the two ancient cities.
Huanglongxi is our first destination. an old town with traditional architecture of West Sichuan. It is about 50 kilometers from Chengdu. It is a popular scenic spot in recent years. The Qing Dynasty style buildings here are well preserved and attract many film makers. The typical streets and government court yard from ancient Sichuan are very attractive.
There is a river running across from the town of Huanglongxi, a southern suburb of Chengdu, the capital city of southwestern China’s Sichuan Province. The town, located at the intersection of three counties, is where Gushu (ancient Sichuan) residents and have lived 2,000 years ago.
Luodai Ancient Town - Is smaller or about half the area size of Huanglongxi. It is situated in Longquan of Chengdu City. Luodai Ancient Town is closer to modern city of Chengdu. Luodai was established in years of the Three Kingdoms and is a provincial level ancient town with profound culture. In this town, most of the existing architectures are in the style of the late Qing dynasty. It's Hakka culture is well preserved.
Luodai Ancient Town is about 20 kilometers away from Chengdu. It takes only half an hour from Chengdu to Luodai. And there is no entrance charge to both the ancient cities.
The houses, courtyards and streets in Luodai are all in the ancient style of Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) or the Republic period (1912-1949). The Guangdong Guildhall is the landmark of Luodai Ancient Town. Originally named Nanhua Palace, it is the masterpiece among Hakka architecture as well as the best preserved and the biggest guildhalls in China. It was built during the reign of Emperor Qinglong in Qing Dynasty (1746) and consists of three halls, with a total of 3044.75 square meters. It is the place where the Hakka people gather, meet relatives and friends, settle disputes and make sacrifices to ancestors and gods. Several other guildhalls, such as those of Huguang, Jiangxi and Chuanbei also remain in good shape.
There is one 1,000-meter-long main street and seven alleys in the ancient town. The dwelling houses along the main street are all enclosed courtyards with an open area in the middle and a main building decorated with carvings of turtle and flower. The roofs of the houses are all covered with small black colored clay tiles.
We left for our Hotel just before dusk.