Brief Introduction

Dangkou, known as Dingshe in ancient time, is said to be the hometown of a filial son named Ding Lan living in Eastern Han dynasty. Its name comes from its location at the mouth (Kou in Chinese) of Er’zhen Shallow Lake (Er’ in C zhen Dang hinese).The historic town lies in the Erhu Town, southeast of Wuxi, neighboring aristocratic tombs of the Yue State at Hongshan and Taibo tomb in the west and bordering on Suzhou and Changshu in the east. It boasts of numerous historic relics including four (13 places) heritage sites under provincial protection, one heritage sites under municipal protection, one controlled and protected and fifty historic buildings. In 2004, Dangkou was announced as a historic and cultural town in Jiangsu Province. In 2008, it was approved as one of the five important historic and cultural streets (famous towns) under the protection of Wuxi city. In 2010, it was awarded as a historic and cultural town in China.  

The beautiful Erhu Lake nurtures the famous historic town. Most of the town residents are share the same family name of Hua. Their ancestor, Hua Zhengu comprehensively studied various schools of thoughts and exponents in China and wrote Lvde Ji (Collection of Thoughts) to hand down from generation to generation. Therefore, this region, which is endowed with rich natural resources and cultural heritage, not only brought forward men of talents, but also grew fast into the No.1 town in terms of grain tax payment in Jiangnan. Besides, with crisscrossing rivers and lakes, foot bridges and running streams, the town environment is quiet and tasteful. After several years of careful protective development according to the standards for national 4A level scenic spots, the historical and cultural district of Dangkou town is unveiled as a water town of Jiangnan for tourism and recreation.

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