Tai’erzhuang, Zaozhuang, Shandong, China

Tai’erzhuang Ancient Town was built during the Qin and the Han dynasties, developed during the Tang and the Song dynasties, and prospered during the Ming and the Qing dynasties.

Tai’erzhuang was awarded the title of “the First Town on the Earth” during Emperor Wanli’s reign in the Ming Dynasty, due to its burgeoning social and economic status, resulting from the Beijing–Hangzhou Grand Canal changing its course to the town.

At the same time, the unique style of Tai’erzhuang Water Town was formed due to the clash and interaction between South China culture and North China culture.

Epic China Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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