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Luzhi Town

Luzhi Town is located in Kunshan city about 25 kilometers southeast of Suzhou. It is a
famous ancient beautiful water town with a history of more than 1400 years. The town has been praised as 'the first water town in China'.

Luzhi Town is noted for its waterways and bridges. The one square kilometer town proper once had 72 bridges from the past dynasties and now 41 still exist. It is amazing to see so many famous small bridges span the 5.6-kilometer-long river course.
The density of bridges here even exceeds that of Venice. Owing to that, Luzhi deserves its reputation as a "Museum of Chinese Ancient Bridges." All of the bridges are different in design and style. Some have beans and pillars, others rise in high arches like half moons, while others are long and low slung. Among them, the most famous bridge are Zhengyang Bridge, the biggest stone arch bridge in Luzhi town, noted for being the first to receive sunshine in the early morning, and Dongmei Bridge, famous for its unique structure and many Buddhist designs.

Besides there are several ruins of the famous persons in the post such as the white lotus flower temple of north Song Dynasty in the east, the Tomb of Sun Fei in the west, the Palace of Wu Kingdom King Fuchai in the north and the Tomb of prime Minister zhang Cang of West Hang Dynasty in the south.

Baosheng Temple is a famous sightseeing in the town. Built in 503, it is an ancient temple in areas south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. The temple houses a precious and extremely rare collection of Buddhist clay statues from the Northern Song Dynasty, almost a thousand years ago. Since each arhat had a distinct appearance and personality they were a popular subject for traditional Chinese sculptors. In addition, the temple boasts treasures from different dynasties, including a Buddhist stone pillar from the Tang Dynasty (618-907), a stone flagpole from the North Song Dynasty (960-1279), a hall built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and an iron bell from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Women's costumes are very peculiar in Luzhi. Both clothes and trousers are characteristically pieced together using different cotton materials in a variety of designs. Some of women are accustomed to wearing colorful kerchiefs and embroidered shoes. Old stone bridges, limpid water, venerable maidenhair trees, old-style dwellings, as well as the traditional women's costumes take you into a peaceful and pristine land.

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