Daqitou Village is the other name of Zheng Village in Leping Town
in Sanshui District.
This village is an architecture group constructed by ancestral
temples and civilian houses. In the village, the interior of the
house was designed in the typical Cantonese way. There are three
rooms and two corridors in every house. The front part of the house
is enlarged in order to build a stone ridge on it. The extended
part is just like the shape of a kettle mouth. On the side of the
house, there is a pen-shaped tower, which is called Wen Tower.
Under the tower, there stand two stones. The big one is about one
meter in height and looks like an ink slab. The small one looks
like a stamp. The tower and the stones compose a picture of four
treasures of study, like writing brush, ink stick, ink slab and
paper. All these express people’s hope that they want their
descents to study hard and pass the imperial civil examination.
After a long time of “breaking up houses”, the house system in
Zheng Village has finished. This reflects the developing history of
the clans in the central area of Guangdong Province. As different
houses are given to different descents, each descent enlarges his
houses, builds up his own temple and ancestral temple on his land.
As time passes, a unified and well-balanced architecture group