Luodai Ancient Town in Chengdu
Attractions Overview: The world's largest town of Hakka
Attraction Type: Ancient Town
Chinese Name: 洛带古镇
English Name: Luodai Ancient Town
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round
Recommended Visiting Time: 2 Hours
Open Hours: All Day
Admission Fee: Free
Address in English: Luodai Town, Longquanyi District, Chengdu
Address in Chinese: 成都市龙泉驿区洛带镇
Why is Luodai Ancient Town So Special?
There are more than 20,000 Hakka people settled in Luodai Ancient Town, making up nearly 90% of the local population. The Hakka refers to a kind of Han ethnic group, which is a large part of many south China cities. The town has a history of 1,800 years. It was built by Emperor Liuchan during the Three Kingdoms Period. The Hakka residency and old street, which have thousands of years of history, are well preserved. While in this town, you can visit the Hakka museum and park, which take up an area of over 20,000 square meters, and experience the progression of Hakka history.
Where is Luodai Ancient Town?
Luodai ancient town is located in Luodai Town, Longquanyi district of Chengdu, only 18 km from downtown Chengdu, 10 kilometers north of Longquan Town. The town lies about 30 km from Chengdu Railway Station, and about 45 km from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.
How to Get to Luodai Ancient Town?
Travel with China Dragon Tours (top recommended)
If you want to get rid of hustle of transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers visiting, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Guiyang Forest Park with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on travel.
For independent travelers you can
By Long Distance Bus: Take a bus from Xinnanmen Bus Station directly to Luodaihe Guzhen (Luodaihe Ancient Town).
Take bus 2, 4, 4 Express, 23, 58, 66, 71, 91, 92, 94, 122, 141, 200, 223, 855, 856, 857, or 858a to Wuguiqiao Bus Stop, and then take bus 219.
Main Attractions in Luodai Ancient Town
Located in Huguang Hall is the Hakka Museum which is a comprehensive Hakka Museum in China. The museum gives its visitors a glimpse of the Hakka migration to the province as well as their achievements. There are also various cultural displays in the museum like potteries, irons, bronzes, carving stones, coins, and other hand-made arts and crafts.
Fire-dragon Festival and Water-dragon Festival
Liu Family Dragon is the most prestigious of the Hakka dragon dance groups in Luodai. The actors are all from the Liu family whose ancestral home is in Jiangxi. They perform both the fire dragon dance and the water dragon dance at different times for different purposes. During the Lantern Festival, the fire dragon is played to pray for blessings. Water-dragon Festival is the most momentous festival for Hakka. It is said that Luodai enjoys a favorable whether because Hakka has an intimate relationship with the Dragon King who is in charge of rainfall. In order to show their thanks to Dragon King, they perform Dragon Dance in the summer.
Jinlong Great Wall
Jinlong Great Wall is the longest simulated Great Wall in China. It is 1680 meter in length, 4 meter in height and 3 meter in width with 5 beacon towers. At the entrance stands a memorial archway inscribed with many lifelike dragons. A horizon board hanging over the archway is inscribed with four Chinse Characters “Jin Long Great Wall” in masterful calligraphy.
Useful Travel Tips
- Since Luodai Ancient Town is the residence of the Hakka people, the food there is mostly Hakka style cuisine, which is quite spicy and crisp.
- Best time to go – All seasons. You can watch exciting fire dragon dance after Chinse New Year Festival and water dragon dance in summer.
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