Known as the "capital of bridges," Luzhi has a crisscrossing network of rivers and streams and numerous bridges over blue waters. These antique bridges, along with other historical sites, old streets, heritage homes and 1,300-year-old ginkgo trees, speak of a glorious past.
Tourist Attractions
The Baosheng Buddhist Temple in Luzhi is among the most well-known of its kind in southeastern China. It was built in the year 503 during the Liang Dynasty (502-557). The clay images of nine arhats in the temple were sculpted by Yang Hui-zhi, a reputed artist in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The thousand-year-old statues remaining intact are considered national treasures.
Folk Customs
The way women in the area dress is full of rich local characteristics. A traditional fashion features coiled hair with a handkerchief around it, a cardigan and pants, a pleated short apron around the waist and embroidered shoes on the feet. Many local women put their hair into a big bun and decorate it with fancy ornaments or a handkerchief.
Useful Information
Through Ticket: 60 yuan (includes entrance to five sites) Boat sightseeing: 40 yuan per person Information: The Luzhi Tourism Development Co., Ltd. Tel: 0512- 6501 1925 Website: http://www.luzhi.com.cn How to get there: 75 km from Shanghai and 28 km from Suzhou. Tour buses leave from Shanghai's Yangpu Gym Center, Hongkou Soccer Stadium and Shanghai Stadium during holiday season. A round trip day ticket costs 120 yuan per person (includes entrance to sites).
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