Black Dragon Cave
The Black Dragon Cave is ancient temple complex on Zhonghe Mountain. It was built about 500 years ago during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It is known for the way the architecture of the temples blend in with the surroundings. Confucian, Taoist and Buddhist temples exist side by side. It is considered a precious legacy of architectural art.
What is also interesting about the town is the arrangement of the streets and buildings for defensive fortification and the high walls that protect some of the house compounds. The town used to be relatively prosperous, and the temples, sculptures, and stonework that can still be seen are remains of the prosperity.
Dragon Boat Festival
Like other towns and cities on rivers in southern China, Zhenyuan is a favorite location for celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival. A dragon boat is a long boat with many men who paddle furiously in time to the beating of a big drum. Dragon boat races are held May 25 each year. The Dragon Boat Festival is the greatest annual celebration in Zhenyuan. See China Festivals
Getting to Zhenyuan
Going to Zhenyuan by train is easy because the town is on a train line. Trains come from the rest of China. Zhenyuan is about 4.5 or 5 hours away from Guiyang by train. The Zhenyuan train station is about 10 minutes away from the ancient part of the city. The ride costs about a dollar USD.
If you want to go there by bus, people travel the 150 kilometers from Guiyang to Kaili in about 3 hours. Then take a bus another 150 kilometers from Kaili to Zhenyuan in about 3 hours. The whole trip may take 6 or 7 hours. China Highlights can help you design a tour to Zhenyuan.
I updated this article on November 26, 2012
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