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Jianshui is situated in the south of Yunnan province, on the northern banks of the Red River. The area has a long history that dates back thousands of years — a number of Paleolithic remains have been unearthed here. Jianshui is surrounded by picturesque mountains and is rich in natural resources. It is also home to several ethnic minorities including the Hani, Yi and Miao people, all of whom have their own unique traditions and customs.
The Jianshui Excursion Train departs from Lin'an in Yunnan Province. The train station and train carriages are decorated in a historical style from the Nationalist era. The beautiful scenery changes with the seasons. In spring, visitors can enjoy fields of yellow canola flowers, while in summer rice seedlings erupt into a sea of green. The rice is harvested in autumn, while winter is the best time to view the rice paddies. The train stops at Shuanglong Bridge and Xianghui Bridge, which afford magnificent views over the surrounding area.
The Zhu Family Garden is located on Hanlin Street in Jianshui County. It was a home and ancestral temple built by the Zhu Weiqing brothers in the waning years of the Qing Dynasty. Within the park, the ancestral hall, temple, living quarters and gardens are all magnificent and majestic. Visitors to the site can take the opportunity to learn about the architectural style of the southwestern residential gardens. The entirety of the Zhu Family Garden is built on a south-to-north axis and, for Jianshui, is a typical and classical combination of residential buildings and gardens. The buildings are, of course, laid out in a specific order. In the southeast corner of the Zhu Family Garden stands a Huaiyuan Hall with an exhibition on the Century-Long Rise and Fall of the Zhu Family.
The ancient city of Jianshui, known as Lin'an historically, is a famous city with a profound historical and cultural background. It is located in Jianshui County in Honghe Prefecture. The ancient city of Jianshui is listed as a National Historical and Cultural City. It has been in existence for twelve centuries. The ancient buildings in the city are beautiful and well preserved. The Temple of Literature, Zhu's Garden and the School of Examinations in the ancient city all reflect Confucius’s ethos of the ancient city of Jianshui. More than fifty ancient buildings have been preserved to date, which won Jianshui the moniker the “Ancient Architecture Museum” and the “House Museum.”
Located in Northwest Jianshui County, Jianshui Confucius Temple was built in the Yuan Dynasty and was expanded in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It enjoys a time-honored history. Jianshui Confucius Temple is the second largest Confucian temple after the one built in Qufu, Shandong Province. The overall layout is that of an axial symmetry palace, following the architecture style of the Temple of Confucius in Qufu. The well-preserved temple faces south and has a magnificent presence.