Qiandeng town (千灯镇 literally Town of Thousand Lamps) is a picturesque water town in Kunshan, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. It is located 15 kilometers south of Kunshan city, bordering the East side with Shanghai Qingpu District. Qiandeng town has an area of 84 square kilometers, a population of about 130,000 people.
Qiandeng town was formerly Qiandun, (千墩 one thousand pier) since Ming Dynasty, it was renamed Qiandun village in 1910, established as a township in 1950, and changed to its present name in 2003.
Qiandeng town is now a national historical and cultural town in China, also national 4A grade scenic destination.
Gu Jian Museum
Gu Jian museum to ommemorate the founder of Kunqu, is located at the west bank of Qiandeng river.
Gu Jian, founder of Kunqu
Former residence of Gu Yanwu
The former residence of Gu Yanwu was built by Gu Yanwu's grand father, it was destroyed by Japanese pirates, later rebuilt. It is a Ming Dynasty style building complex with formal sitting room, dining room, study and a garden. Gu Yanwu's grave is located at a quiet corner of the Gu Garden
Thousand Lamp Museum
A unique exhibition with the town's namesake is Qiandeng Guan(Thousand Lamp Museum), with more than one thousand lamps, dated as early as Neolithic Age to modern times, spanning more than five thousand years.
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