Photographs: Historic Dangkou Town in Jiangsu Province China by R.P. BenDedek


R.P. BenDedek in 2007 culturally appropriating or should that be misappropriating. So sue me! I did pay for the privilege. [Click the photo to read an article at Townhall about an American girl who got into trouble for wearing a Qipao]
On May 30, 2015 my School took the foreign teachers on a day trip to Dangkou Historical Town in Wuxi. It was a pleasant outing with about four other foreign teachers; two volunteer English teachers and two Japanese teachers.

I’ve not published an article about the trip before nor posted photographs but as I was looking for a photograph to use in another article today, I decided to use one from Dangkou. That then prompted me to publish these photos.

There is no commentary. The photographs are basically in sequence as we walked around, and the three signs at the end do not accompany photographs because I did not include the photographs.

To provide a little background information on this ancient town I have provided a little from a Chinese site to read. For more information go to the original article.

Dangkou, known as Dingshe in ancient time, is said to be the hometown of a filial son named Ding Lan living in Eastern Han dynasty. Its name comes from its location at the mouth (Kou in Chinese) of Er’zhen Shallow Lake (Er’ zhen Dang in Chinese).The historic town lies in the Erhu Town, southeast of Wuxi, neighboring aristocratic tombs of the Yue State at Hongshan and Taibo tomb in the west and bordering on Suzhou and Changshu in the east. It boasts of numerous historic relics including four (13 places) heritage sites under provincial protection, one heritage sites under municipal protection, one controlled and protected and fifty historic buildings. In 2004, Dangkou was announced as a historic and cultural town in Jiangsu Province. In 2008, it was approved as one of the five important historic and cultural streets (famous towns) under the protection of Wuxi city. In 2010, it was awarded as a historic and cultural town in China. Read more at Dangkou in Wuxi

Just to give you an idea of some of the Traditional Dress for the period


A reenactment of a traditional wedding. [Click the photo for a modern day Chinese wedding]
One can only imagine what it must have been like to live in this town when it was full of local inhabitants. The current town can actually be seen from within this historic section. The bottom left photo is from within someone’s home.




The Church Steeple is outside of this historic site. Like Suzhou and most other surrounding places, Dangkou is a Water Town [Click for pics of Xitang Water Town]


[Click the photo for pics from Shaoxing Water town]
Bridges like this exist all over China and I used to walk over one to get to work between 2014-2017 [Click the photo to see some of the water marvels of Suzhou]


This is what we had for lunch this particular day. [Click the photo to see a photographic article JUST ON CHINESE FOOD]
I left China in August of 2017 and now live in Queensland Australia. Eight and a half months later I still wake up from dreams about China and instantly feel depressed that I am no longer there. [Click the photo to go to my book ‘Finding Myself in China: A Politically Incorrect Story’ which sells for about US$4.50]

Three Signs Just to Provide some Historical Information

I hope that you enjoyed looking at these photographs. Should you ever have the opportunity to visit Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Suzhou or Wuxi, then please understand that Dangkou and the other linked water towns can be accessed very quickly by fast train. (The links are to photographic articles at Kingscalendar)

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Author: R.P. BenDedek

R.P. BenDedek (pseudonym) was born in 1953 in Brisbane Australia. From 2003 to August 2017 he lived and worked in The People's Republic of China. Along with photographic stories from China he has been writing social and political commentaries since 2004. He was editor of Magic City Morning Star from 2009 - 2016 and he has a column at He is the author of 'the King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran' and 'Finding Myself in China: A Politically Incorrect Story.' He is divorced; has 5 children and 16 grandchildren. He is a 4th generation Australian from a racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse family. He has no time for Sociopathic Ideologues or Useful Idiots.

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