Fotang Ancient Town is located on the south part of Yiwu City, Zhejiang Province, China. It takes about 10 km driving from Yiwu downtown. It is the biggest ancient town in Yiwu. There are hundreds of ancient housing and dwellings gathered in this town, thus it’s actually an ancient housing complex, famous for its outstanding architecture, carving and painting.
Compare with typical architecture in south China, the dwellings in Fotang town show a different idea on some details. The outer appearance is classic Huizhou-style (a cultural school popular among Huangshan City, Jixi County and Wuyuan County), but the inner decorations and constructions combine local skill of wood carving, brick carving and stone carving as well.
In this town, precious historical relics can be found here and there. If you are interested, you can visit Mao’s Courtyard, Former Wu’s Residence, Liu Xuan Primary School and You Long Memorial Hall, etc. Those are typical local residential houses in town with a long history. You may walk in lanes to feel the peaceful and leisure life of this place.
Yiwu Fotang town set architecture, painting, sculpture, three features in one of the ancient building dwellings. Yiwu Fotang town has five hundred years of history.
Historical and cultural towns and villages within the scope of the existing Fotang important historic buildings and traditional houses hundreds of buildings, mostly in the early Qing Dynasty and the Republic built, compared with the typical southern residential style, although the same is Fenqiangdaiwa Fotang of the ancient buildings are different general of the southern building, its appearance heritage of Residence of horse gable, and detailed decoration and building structure, construction aspects but also into a unique place wood, brick, stone carving and floral patterns carved Toyozane connotation, exquisite artistry.
After the river from the west, “Wanshan bridge” approached the town, to the edge of the New Town Street group, there was a diameter of about 1.8 meters, has 800 years of history of large camphor tree, towering branches seem a bit quaint and mysterious. Another old camphor tree and camphor tree stands echoed in new city group. And there is an old head on Ferry Citrus tree about 300 years old.
• Chinese name: 佛堂古镇
• Address: Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, China
• Opening hours: All day for free
• How to get to Fotang Ancient Town: You may take Bus Route 311 or 316 to get to Jiting Housing Estate Station first(稽亭小区), then walk forward according to the road signs and you will reach the town.