Huanglongxi is an ancient town with a history of more than 1,700 years. Situated in Shuangliu County, 30 kilometers southeast from Chengdu, Huanglongxi Ancient Town is greatly admired by visitors for its beautiful natural scenery and ancient Chinese culture.
Huanglongxi can be dated back to the Western Han (206 BC-24 AD). During the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280), the town was of great military importance to the south of Chengdu (the capital of Shu Kingdom). Story has it that Huanglongxi was guarded by troops when Zhuge Liang, famous strategist, statesman and ideologist, led a southern expedition. The loss of this expedition speeded up the collapse of Shu kingdom. As a Cheng Xiang (an ancient term for prime minister) of the Shu Kingdom, he was famous in Chinese history for his talent to foresee with divine accuracy. With many scenic places of interest, Huanglongxi Ancient Town is worth a visit to find the old Chinese culture and customs.
Seven ancient streets, which were built during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties, are well preserved. They are all paved with stone slabs, and the porch columns on both sides are orderly arrayed. The Gulong Temple, the Zhenjiang Temple and the Chaoyin Temple are three ancient temples in the central street. They, together with the two other temples in the outer town area, attract many tourists from home and abroad. Walking through the street, visitors will see many historical civilian residences of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. While traveling along the river, one can have a view of the stilt houses, which fully represent the pile-dwelling culture of Shu people. Six ancient trees with histories of more than 800 years cast glamour over the old town.
[Via travelchinaguide.com website]