Shipu Ancient Fishing Port is located at the Zhejiang middle coast, nearby Shi Pu port which is one of the four largest multitude fishing harbors in China. In the Tang Dynasty and Song Dynasty, it was a very famous fishing trading port and a stopping point of the Maritime Silk Road.
Shipu ancient city was founded 627 years ago in 1387. It was an exchange window of the international maritime culture, becoming a coastal fortress and a commercial fisheries center.
The people of Shipu Fishing Port have made a living by the sea from generation to generation. Ingraining a rich maritime culture. Although time is changing, you may still breath that maritime culture from the architecture of Ming and Qing Dynasties.
The old city was built on a hillside with winding streets and deep alleys. The charms of its shops and houses reside in its rural and Confucian styles of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, which have played the leading role among a series of old streets of this kind.
The construction of the Ming and Qing Dynasty structures, reflect the prosperous business in the old time which are still preserved in good condition. Shipu Ancient Town still retains its four chief streets, Wanhang Street, Fujian Street, Zhong Street and Hou Street.
Wanhang Street, was lined with shops selling all kinds of dishes and bowls from Qing Dynasty. This street is also the main street to enter the ancient city. It is a slightly S-shaped street, 147 meters long, 35 meters high and raises up 82 stairs. It likens a ladder from the port to the ancient city.
Fujian Street was built by people from Fujian Province during the years of Kangxi Qing Dynasty. The film “Song of the Fisherman”, a classic black-and-white movie, shot here made the port famous. The film was produced by Shanghai Lianhua Movie Company in 1934.
In 1935, it was awarded at the exhibition in Moscow and was China's first international award-winning movie with sound. These pictures of the shooting in Shipu are well preserved.
Zhong Street, used to be a bustling business street, with more than 100 shops. It has several characteristic fire seals built for fire and theft prevention from the Ming Dynasty.
It's a colorful place, as exemplified by the traditional fishing boats that are lacquered in black and white and gaudy bars of green and red. The green on the bow is said to look like an eyebrow, hence the colloquial name of the distinctive boats from the town: "green eyebrows".
Tradition is a strong facet of Shipu life and married women still wash fishing lights at Mid-River Temple, while grandmothers gather at City God Temple to fold shoe-shaped paper ingots; and plants grow in trumpet shells outside houses.
Shipu has a quiet pace of life and typical activities include drinking a glass of grass jelly while listening to stories told by the elderly, watching opera at the Temple of Lord Guan, and eating seafood on street corners.
The ceremony of China Fishing Festival is held here during the summer and thousands of fishing boats setting out to the sea from the harbor constitutes a spectacular scene.
Shipu has many other local festivals, such as Stepping on Sand Beach in spring, Fishing Season Festival in fall, and the Lantern Festival and Seafood Festival in winter.
Shipu Ancient Fishing Port is striving to overly the theme of "fishing culture and folk custom tourism" along with the leisure tourist characteristic of "seaside marine tourism" and become the most characteristic and largest-scale marine culture and leisure city of the country.
Entrance tickets to Shipu Ancient Town are 60 yuan ($9.82).