Zhoucun Ancient Commercial City is located in the west of Zhoucun
In the year 2001, Zhoucun Ancient Commercial City was listed as the
key development projects of tourism of Shandong Province. It is
also acclaimed by the experts from China Ancient Architecture
Preservation Commission as “the living ancient commercial
architecture complex museum in China”. It has high tourism value
and historical and cultural significance. Now, Zhoucun Ancient
Commercial City is a city protected historic site, province-level
outstanding historical building complex and key development
projects of tourism of Shandong Province.
Zhoucun Ancient Commercial City is till well-preserved after
hundreds of years. In Zhoucun Ancient Commercial City, people will
see streets running across blocks, shops standing in great numbers
and buildings of distinct architecture styles. Zhoucun Ancient
Commercial City is composed of some ancient commercial streets and
blocks like Da Jie (the Great Street), Si Shi Jie (Silk Market
Street), Yin Zi Shi Jie (Silver Market Street) and so on.
In the south of Zhoucun Ancient Commercial City, there stand former
site of headquarters of the Shandong army which was to fight
against Yuan Shikai and defend the republic. In the north, there
are Ming Jiao Temple, Qian Fo Tower (Temple of A Thousand Buddha)
and Hui Long Bridge. This is where natural and cultural heritages
in Zhoucun are gathering.
Da Jie (the Great Street) is the main street in Zhoucun Ancient
Commercial City. It is the street that is of the largest scale and
with the long history in Zhoucun. First built during the years of
Yongle in Ming Dynasty, Da Jie (the Great Street) formed it
original layout in the nith year of Chongzhen in Ming Dynasty.
It begins at the crossing of Si Shi Jie (Silk Market Street) and
Yin Zi Shi Jie (Silver Market Street) in the south and ends at Shuo
Yi Gate, about 2 li (1 kilometer, about 0.62 mile) long. Bei JI
Tower lies in the middle of Da Jie, cutting Da Jie into two parts:
the northern part and the southern part.
What is preserved now is mainly the southern part, which is about
400 meters long.
Tourist Route Recommended: Qian Fo Temple (Temple of A Thousand
Buddha) – San Yi Hall – Min Su Zhan Guan (Exhibition Hall of
Folk-customs) – Piao Hao Zhan Guan (Exhibition Hall of Firms for
Exchange and Transfer of Money) – Da Ran Fang (Big Dying Workshop)
– Kui Xing Tower – Art Museum of Zibo. It takes about 4 hours to
visit all the scenic spots listed above.
How to Get There:
Tourists can take Bus 96 in Zhangdian District (the seat of Zibo
City) to the Long-distance Bus Station of Zhoucun District. Then,
they can take Bus 130 or Bus 42 and get off at Zhoucun Da Jie
Staion. And they will get to Zhoucun Ancient Commercial City.