The Pailou Complex in Nange Village

March 28, 2014 - FOLKLORE TOUR - Post by: WfpaEdit

The pailou, also known as paifang, is an archway of a memorial or decorative nature. It could be made of wood, brick or stone, with or without glazed tiles, often carrying some inscriptions on the middle beam. The Nange Pailou Complex is located on the Zhongzhi Street of Nange Village, Leqing City, Zhejiang Province. The complex consists of five north-facing archways, which stand on the street in a row, stretching 150 meters. They were erected during 1436-1566 in memory of several sons of Zhang family, who enjoyed extraordinary scholarly honor and status in their times. The archways were built in typical architectural style of south Zhejiang Province. Because they were erected in differemt times, the evolution of the local architectural style left visible marks on the archways. In 2001, the complex was listed as a Historical Site Protected at the National Level designated by the State Council. Visitors here can also experience the traditional local life in some well-preserved ancient residences. Any time is fine for the visit in such a peaceful and classical village.

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