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Day long weekend, a young Chinese groom sends a troop of
black canopy boats to invite his bride and her family to
their new love nest.
Shaoxing (绍兴) is an ancient
township east China's coastal Zhejiang Province with
at least 4,000 years of history. As legends go, during
the period of the massive flood, Great Yu (大禹) twice visited
his newly wed wife in Shaoxing when he worked on his emergency
flood control project.
More than 2,000 years later in the Spring and Autumn period
(770BC - 476BC), a kingdom
named Yue (越) set its capital in Shaoxing, which crafted
the best swords in China.
Shaoxing is renowned for its extensive network of waterways, picturesque
bridges, distinctively flavoured rice wine and brilliant
achievements in calligraphic
art, with the list of the celebrated historical figures
extremely long, which includes calligrapher Wang Xizhi ( 王羲之,
303 - 361), poet Lu You (陆游, 1125 - 1210) and late Chinese Primer
Zhou Enlai (周恩来, 1898 - 1976).
But what makes Shaoxing truly visually unique is the scene
of black mat canopy boats (乌篷船) sailing in the winding rivers along
elegant timber houses with arched stone bridges in the background.
(Source of info/photos: 新华社梁永锋)