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The Ancient Town of Xingping has a history of more than 1,000 years. It is 10 kilometres from Yangshuo and is surrounded by magnificent mountains. The Ancient Town of Xingping has a huge collection of cultural relics concentrated in Ancient Xingping Street and in the Yu Village about two kilometres from the town, such as the Three Rocks, the Five Wells and the Twelve Mountains.

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Its ancient bridges, ports, pavilions, theatrical stages, temples, fortified mountain villages, trees and village complex have retained much of their original appearances and appeals. As you stand within the place, you can immerse in the ambience of the quiet streets and deep lanes. Among the streets, the most famous one is the Ancient Street of Xingping, a slabstone street stretching for over one kilometre from the Southeast of the town to the Banyan Pool of the Lijiang River and the ancient port. It provides convenience for residents and merchants.

The guild halls of other provinces border the street, and all the ancient buildings of bricks and tiles are kept in good condition. The Temple of Guan Yu is located beside the Ancient Street of Xingping. It was built in the fourth year of Qianlong (1739) and has a history of more than 270 years. Now only its side hall and the theatrical stage have survived. Its Ten-Millennia Theatrical Stage is one of the most well-preserved stages in the North Guangxi Province region, and has great values for the study of the history and reformation of traditional Guangxi opera.

There are more than 20 Chayan left by the opera performers and they are still clearly visible. On a post of the stage there are four wooden reliefs depicting the stories of four traditional operas. On the left side within the stage stands a foldable four-paneled wooden screen with the signature ”from Banqiao, Year of Yichou of Qianlong”. Yet it remains to be proven whether this work is an authentic Zheng Banqiao (a prominent painter and calligrapher of the Qing Dynasty).