Jianchuan is between Dali and Lijiang and famous for its superb woodcarving and stone carving skills since ancient times. After the Tang Dynasty, the superb skills of Jianchuan wood and stone craftsmen spread throughout Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan and extended to Southeast Asian countries. Especially in the Ming and Qing dynasties, Jianchuan woodcarving formed a fixed shape and style, which was deeply favored. A large number of Jianchuan carpenters and masons have been recruited into the palace many times and participated in the construction projects of the Forbidden City and Old Summer Palace in Beijing.

The Jianchuan ancient town, with a history of more than 650 years, is not as crowded as the ancient city of Lijiang, nor as famous as the ancient city of Pingyao, but the residential buildings in Jianchuan are very distinctive. More than 21 courtyards from the Ming Dynasty and 146 courtyards from the Qing Dynasty remain today, and the number of ancient residential buildings accounts for more than 90% of the whole city.

For people who wish to avoid long journeys, Jianchuan is an ideal stopover.

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