The Ancient Stage
The Ancient Stage was built for the performance of local operas during the Qing dynasty in the 14th year of the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1749). It covers an area of 204 m2 and faces the Xiuzhen Taoist Temple across Guanqian Street. On the south it borders the Dongshi River; to the east it connects to the Xinghua Bridge. The roof of the stage is of classical design with raised cornices, creating a feeling of both stateliness and levity. The wood carving on the pillars and beams is exquisitely detailed and of high artistic value. The stage is divided into two parts, front and back. The back is used for applying makeup and changing costumes while the front, which faces the square, is used as a performance area.
Today the stage has been restored to the state of its lively past with performances every day between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Most performances are of Huagu Operas, a style made popular in nearby Tongxiang.
Jiangnan Hundred Beds Museum
One of Wuzhen’s most highly-regarded and unusual attractions is the Jiangnan Hundred Beds Museum (Jiāngnán Bǎi Chuáng Guǎn, 江南百床馆). The first of its kind in China, its exhibition of ancient beds from the Jiangnan (“south of the Yangtze River”) region features a collection of finely crafted beds from the Ming and Qing dynasties to modern times. With exquisite design and workmanship, these are not just items of furniture, but excellently preserved examples of Chinese folk art.
The first hall hosts diplays of Ming-era beds featuring simple, well-proportioned examples that focus more on clean lines and the natural colors of the wood than on intrictae carving. In the second room are the Qing beds where fine materials and more complicated carving techniques come into play with one example, the “Babu Thousand Day Bed,” being a particular work of art. Made from boxwood, it measures 2.1 m (7 ft) by 3.6m (12 ft) and is 2.9 m (9.6 ft) tall and took an incredible three years and over a thousand craftsmen to complete!
Wuzhen has two parts: the west part and the east part.
Wūzhèn yǒu liǎnggè bùfèn: xībù hé dōngbù
During the weekend, Wuzhen is usually full of people.
Tōngcháng zhōumó de shíhóu, wūzhèn jǐmǎn le rén
The night view is fantastic!
Wūzhèn de yèjǐng tài měi le
In Wuzhen we can experience more Chinese culture.
Zài wūzhèn wǒmen kěyǐ tǐyàn dào gèngduō de zhōngguò wénhuà
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