Longgong Village. /龙宫村。[Photo by Yan Long]严龙摄
Longgong Village is located in Shenzhen Town, Ninghai County. It has a history of more than 1,000 years and was listed as a "Famous Chinese Historical and Cultural Village" in 2014.
Legend has it that a dragon is hiding in the village.
In the west of the village, there is a deep, blue pond called the Shidou Pond below an overhanging cliff. According to myths, the dragon hides in a cave on the cliff wall and always brings timely rain to the village, banishing draught and keeping the land fertile.
The locals consider the pond the dragon's residence, hence the village name "Longgong" (Dragon Palace).
Longgong Village has a significant number of historical buildings.
The most notable is the "Sanchuan Hall", built in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Sanchuan Hall consists of three buildings interspersed with three courtyards. In front of the main entrance, there is a screen wall decorated with the Chinese character for good fortune (福). In the courtyards there are flower beds and a well. The design of the Hall is majestic.
Another remarkable piece of architecture is the village's ancestral hall, fronted by a screen wall.
Two stone-drums flank the entrance. Inside, there is a Chinese opera stage with a spiral dome, painted with two dragons encircling a pearl, embodying the villagers' aspirations for good fortune.
By Dong Na