走近忻州古城，眼前矗立着晋北腹地的第一道门-拱辰门。屹立千年的北城楼前高悬“晋北锁钥”之匾，尽显省城门户之要。与之遥呼相望的是南城楼的景贤门，前匾上悬“三关总要”，后匾上书“诚鼎春秋”，红墙碧瓦 气势恢宏 ，昔日晋北军事重地的辉煌依稀可见。这里曾是战事频发的兵家必争之地，也是民族融合的人文荟萃之所，有抵御外敌的传奇故事，也有攻坚克难的红色精神。古城的一砖一瓦，都有一个故事，等你静静来听。
At the foot of Mount Wutai, a Buddhist resort, there is a beautiful ancient city. Liu Bang, the Emperor Gaozu of the Han Dynasty, fought against the Huns up in the north, his soldiers were trapped in Pingcheng (present Datong). Then retreated southward after breaking the siege, finally getting rid of the pursuing troops at Xinkou. The Emperor Gaozu turned tears into smiles, for the imperial guards returned in triumph. As “triumph” and “Xin” are pronounced the same, Xinzhou got its name herefrom. She came from a history of over 1,800 years, carrying old and new stories of the ancient city. Her name is Xinzhou Ancient City.
As you get close to Xinzhou Ancient City, Gongchen Gate – the first gate in the hinterland of northern Shanxi comes into sight. A plaque of “Key to Northern Shanxi” hangs at the facade of the millennial North Gate Tower, to show the importance as the gateway of the capital of Shanxi. What stands opposite it afar is the Jingxian Gate of the South Gate Tower. The front plaque says “Key Gateway of Three Gates” . The rear plaque says “Integrity stands firm throughout spring and autumn”. Red walls and green tiles show its magnificence. The glory of the former political center of North Shanxi can be seen faintly. It was once a battleground, and also a place of cultural integration of ethnic groups. It narrates legends of resisting foreign enemies, inheriting red spirit of overcoming all odds. Every brick and every tile in the ancient city, has its own story, waiting for you to listen.
Numerous literati from Xiurong
Walking through the North and South Streets, along the steps, you can see “Xiurong Academy”, Xinzhou’s first institution of learning. Renamed “Xinxing School” during the reign of Emperor Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty, as Shanxi’s first school changed from such an academy. Booming culture, untold savants, considerable scholars, defend the city, of outstanding talents generation after generation. The century-old tree, tells the mystery of the academy. The ridges covered by light and shadow, carry lofty sentiments and ambitions. High morality as mountains, conveys ideas by writings, to seek the origin of the ancient city.
Myriad merchants diligent and trustworthy
Standing in the busy city, a quiet sound came from the alley. It was the sound of “morning bell and evening drum” from the Taishan Temple. The Caishen temple is bustling, with the blessing and peace of business travelers. The ancient stage of Guandi Temple, is still singing about the historical past of the millennium. There are countless archway gates, conveying endless refined amorous feelings. 52 alleys in one vertical and five horizontal avenues, hundreds of business houses and shops, engrave diligence and trustworthiness into the blood of the city.
Charming of Xinzhou Continues Today
Rambling along the old and long bluestone alley, you see taverns, tea houses, and folk workshops, giving us a true picture of a contented and rustic life. Walking through “Bazuomen” (a historic building in Xinzhou), and the “Mingyue Tower”, you can experience the joy of the marketplace. It saw the birth of Sanqu of the Yuan Dynasty. gathers operas, Yangko, Quyi, and other unique folk cultures. It is “China’s capital of coarse cereals”, boasting local specialties and snacks, allowing us to taste the past of the ancient city. The ancient city with dreamy nights , and evening lights, opens the prelude of vitality and joy. Melodious singing, transcends the millennium. Graceful dancing comes into sight. Hot spring, home stay, courtyard hotel, refresh our minds.
Having seen thousands of years of vicissitudes, Xinzhou Ancient City takes on a new look. Favorably located, it aims to be integrated into Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, step up to build Taiyuan and Xinzhou Integrated Economic Zone, work to develop new industries, and fully renovate the ancient city. Supported by the title of “China’s capital of coarse cereals”, it seeks to integrate agricultural production, produce processing and produce market, combine the universe tourism, absorb the culture essence of vernacular dwellings in northern Shanxi, fit into modern humanistic spirit, in a bid to revive the century-old city, and present a happy Painting of Hometown Mountain Returning to Dreams. Xinzhou Ancient City is seeing continuing stories, to meet you in its leisure and fun.