Top things to do in Jianshui

Bridge in Jianshui

Twin Dragon Bridge

This beautiful 30m bridge across the confluence of the Lu and Tachong Rivers features 17 arches, so many that it took two periods of the Qing dynasty to complete the project in 1839. It's 3km from the western side o…
Historic Site in Jianshui

Zhu Family Garden

This spacious 20,000-sq-metre complex, which includes 42 separate courtyards, is a fascinating example of Qing-era architecture. Comprising ancestral buildings, family homes, ponds and lovely gardens, it took 30 yea…
Cave in Jianshui

Swallow's Cavern

Set inside a small nature reserve, this large cave complex is split into two – one high and dry, the other low and wet. The natural quiet of the popular wet cave is diluted a bit by bright neon lighting and a small …
Confucian Temple in Jianshui

Confucian Temple

Jianshui’s most famous temple was modelled after the temple in Confucius’ hometown of Qufu (Shandong province) and finished in 1285; it covers 7.5 hectares and is the third-largest Confucian temple in China. The tem…
Barbecue in Jianshui

Āmáo Qīngzhēn Shāokǎo

This is the place to eat delicious barbecue on tiny stools. Everything – fish, meat, veggies, tofu – is on display, so just pick and choose. It's tucked down an alley off Hanlin Jie south of the Zhu Family Garden. I…
Chinese in Jianshui

Fújí Cài

Local delicacies, including the herbal stew qìguō (汽锅; ¥38) and a wide range of Chinese dishes served in a renovated courtyard home make this one of the nicer full-service restaurants in Jianshui. Find it around 350…
Historic Site in Jianshui

Chaoyang Gate

Newly refurbished, Chaoyang Gate is an imposing Ming edifice that guards the entrance to the old town. Modelled on the Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan and the Yueyang Tower located at Dongting Lake (洞庭湖; Dòngtíng Hú) in…