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Zhenyuan Ancient Town

Black Dragon Cave

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Black Dragon Cave is a temple complex on Zhonghe Mountain, built about 500 years ago during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It is known for the way the architecture of the temples blends in with the surroundings. Confucian, Taoist and Buddhist temples exist side by side. The cave is considered a precious legacy of architectural art.

Zhenyuan town is also interesting for its defensive arrangement of streets and buildings and for the high walls that protect some of its house compounds. The town used to be relatively prosperous, and the temples, sculptures, and stonework that can still be seen are remains of former prosperity.

Dragon Boat Festival

Zhenyuan Ancient Town

Like other towns and cities on rivers in southern China, Zhenyuan is a popular 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 drum. Dragon boat races are held on May 25th each year. The Dragon Boat Festival is the biggest annual celebration in Zhenyuan. See China Festivals

Getting to Zhenyuan

Reaching Zhenyuan by train is easy, as trains converge on the town from various directions. Zhenyuan is about 4.5 or 5 hours away from Guiyang by train. The Zhenyuan train station is about 10 minutes from the ancient part of the city. The taxi ride costs about one US dollar.

If you want to reach Zhenyuan by bus, you can travel the 150 kilometers from Guiyang to Kaili in about 3 hours. Then take a bus the next 150 kilometers from Kaili to Zhenyuan in another 3 hours. The whole trip will take about 6 or 7 hours. China Highlights can help you design a tour to Zhenyuan.