Walk into the castle-Zhangbi Castle-Where to play in Shanxi

Zhangbi Castle is a national cultural relics protection unit, located at the northern foot of Mianshan Mountain, ten kilometers southeast of Jiexiu.

History of the castle

张壁古堡   Zhangbi Castle is a national cultural relics protection unit. It is located at the northern foot of Mianshan Mountain, ten kilometers southeast of Jiexiu. It was a must-pass place for Jiexiu to Mianshan in ancient times. It is also one of the important forts of the famous ancient military fortress Bird and Mouse Valley.The castle faces a ditch on three sides and a mountain on one side. The entire terrain is high in the south and low in the north, high in the west and low in the east, making it easy to defend and difficult to attack.Therefore, although the area is only 0.12 square kilometers, it has become a must-fight place for soldiers because of its dangerous geographical location.The remnants of multiple historical periods, the strange layout of the above-ground Ming Fort, the underground secret road, and the astrological village, the dense organs, and the mystery are extremely mysterious, have achieved the reputation of Zhangbi Castle as “The twin cities of Mingbao and the hidden road, and the museum village of Baoyuan Temple Courtyard”.Since its development, Zhangbi Castle has been rated as a national AAAA-level scenic spot for its rich historical and cultural relics and natural scenery, and has won honorary titles such as “China's Four Charming Towns”, “Famous Chinese Historical and Cultural Villages”, “Traditional Chinese ancient villages”, and “Famous tourist Landscape Villages with Chinese Characteristics”.
  The people of Zhangbi have a good tradition of caring for cultural relics. Even in the era of war and cultural catastrophe, they did their best to take care of the bricks and tiles here, so that the architectural style of the castle and many cultural relics and monuments can be preserved intact.
  In 2005, Zhangbi Castle, with its rich historical and cultural heritage, was selected as one of the top ten charming towns in China along with Wuzhen, Zhejiang, and Xidihong Village, Anhui. In 2006, it was listed as a national key cultural relics protection unit, a national-level historical and cultural village and a traditional Chinese village in Shuangliu, Shanxi Province.
  In June 2009, in order to better protect state-owned cultural relics, the Jiexiu City Government entrusted Shanxi Kaijia Energy Group Co., Ltd. to be responsible for the protective development of Zhangbi Castle.The company has successively hired domestic planning units to complete and approve the "Zhangbi Castle Cultural Relics Protection Master Plan" and "Zhangbi Castle Tourism Development Master Plan". The millennium Castle Zhangbi has finally been able to enter the vision of tourists under the planned protection and development.
  “Kuixing in the sky, Zhangbi in the world”, the entire village of Zhangbi Castle was built in accordance with the traditional Chinese ancient astrological and celestial concepts, so Zhangbi Village is also called “Xingxiqi Village” by people.As a famous historical village known for the remnants of a military town, its basic form corresponds to the twenty-eight-star Kui Su, “Kui Sixteen stars, the arsenal of Heaven”. The correspondence between this form and its own existential value is even more surprising to many people.Moreover, there are more than 30 buildings and other iconic objects corresponding to the stars that have been discovered in the fort, such as the outer fort wall, the fort gate alley gate, trees and wells, authentic tombs, religious temples and so on.Such a pattern is also extremely rare in the entire history of Chinese architecture.In the next tour, we will explain to you one by one.
  At the same time, the layout of the Zhangbi castle building is also very unique. The ground castle wall is built of rammed earth, tightly embracing a small town.The two religious buildings centered on the south and north fort gates, the patchwork streets and alleys in the fort, and the simple and orderly houses of the Qing Dynasty make the entire fort full of antiquity; the underground tunnels of the ancient castle criss-cross, curving like a maze; the upper and lower three-dimensional three-way links, military facilities are readily available, and it is even more breathtaking, so it is not an exaggeration to call it “the twin cities above and below the ground, the Baoyuan Miaoyuan Museum Village”.
  With the rise of tourism and the revival of traditional culture, Zhangbi Castle has received more and more high praise from experts and scholars and the attention of the news media.There is an endless stream of people from all over the world who come for sightseeing, and Zhang Bi's popularity is also growing.In 2015, Zhangbi Castle was rated as a national AAAA-level tourist attraction.There are many famous film and television dramas such as "Qiao's Family Compound", "The Great Doctor", "Killing the Tiger's Mouth", "The Woman of the Knife Family", and "1942". Zhangbi Castle was used as the location for filming.A number of domestic media such as CCTV, Qinghai Satellite TV, Shandong SATELLITE TV, etc. have filmed TV feature films in scenic spots.In 2017, the third episode of the fifth season of Hunan Satellite TV's large-scale parent-child interactive program "Where is Dad Going" was filmed in Zhangbi Castle. Stars such as Chen Xiaochun, Wu Zun, Du Jiang, Liu Yuhong, and Deng Lun spent a happy time in Zhangbi Castle with their cute treasures.