Why In Such A Rush

Zouma Ancient Town

14th December 2017

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One feature separates Chongqing from other futuristic large-sized cities, is the combination of old and new. Like mottled alleys between commercial districts and Bangbang yelling outside a luxury hotel.

Beholding this anything-goes attitude, an ancient town full of history can be tolerated without any doubt.

Zouma Ancient Town

Why In Such A Rush-1

走馬古鎮位於九龍坡區,處於巴渝中心地帶,早在明代中葉便有驛站,自古以來便是商賈往返渝州、蜀都的必經之地。

The used-to-be business station in Jiulongpo originated since the middle Ming Dynasty, when merchants from Yuzhou and Chengdu are provided with no other channels access to both sides but Zouma Ancient Town.

如今,走馬古鎮尚存的古驛道遺址、古街區、鐵匠鋪、老茶館、明清建築古戲樓和孫家大院,慈雲寺遺址等。2008年走馬古鎮被國務院命名為第四批"歷史文化名鎮"。

The remaining ancient post road, old neighborhood, blacksmith’s, original tea house, ancient theater stage, the Sun’s Yard and Ciyun Temple site... No wonder why it’s ranked in the foruth list of “Famous Historical and Cultural Towns” released by the State Council.

Why In Such A Rush-2Old neighborhood

Why In Such A Rush-3Zig-zag cyan limestone ally

Why In Such A Rush-4Ficus virens

走馬古鎮自古盛行說故事,喝茶,看川劇的習俗,文學氣息尤為濃烈,街上隨時能看見的老茶館裏圍坐在一起,喝茶講故事。

Why in such a rush?

Immerse yourself into the slow rhythm in Zouma Ancient town. Story tellers under sky reaching trees are surrounded by curious crowds, and then audience cry out “wow” as the plot goes into highlight. Tea house can be found just everywhere. Locals have developed the long-lasting habit of drinking tea a whole morning or afternoon.

Why In Such A Rush-5Tea house

Why In Such A Rush-6Zouma Story Meeting

Why In Such A Rush-7Zouma Academy

Why In Such A Rush-8Theater stage

二、五、八是九龍坡區走馬鎮的趕場天。人來人往、肩挑馬馱的場鎮熙熙攘攘。鞋匠的叮噹聲、小販的吆喝聲,各種傳統建築和工藝店鋪,還原了一個鮮活的古鎮。

Each month at 2nd, 5th, and 8th are time for bazaar. People come and by, shoulder to jaw, with carrying poles on shoulders and horses loading goods. Shoemakers make a series of dingdong; peddlers keep hawking for dazzled gadgets... plus all varieties of traditional architectures and handiwork stores, a vivid ancient town can’t be more touchable.

Why In Such A Rush-9Talented craftsman

Why In Such A Rush-10Grandma’s textile peddler

新年的走馬古鎮老街,龍燈、花船、連蕭、龍獅輪番上演,喜慶的鄉親們伴著響切雲天的鑼鼓聲、鞭炮聲、喝彩聲湧動著。

When new year arrives, the streets will be stuff with dragon lanterns, flower boats, and even Lianxiao (Chongqing folk sing and dance), dragon and lion dance on stage in turns. Accompanied by loud sounding gongs and drums, firecrackers, applause, festive folks waves back and forth.

Why In Such A Rush-11Grandma’s textile peddler

Why In Such A Rush-12Red lanterns

(Photos are taken by Guang Gan)



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