Grey bricks and black tiles, deep and quiet courtyards, majestic stone drums and black stone-paved roads in Taizhou Jiangyan Guluotang Tourism Cultural Scenic Area demonstrates the characteristics of Jiangyan ancient dwellings: people orientation, plainness, choice materials, good appearance, etc. Luo Zhewen, a Chinese architect specializing in ancient buildings, guided the protection of ancient dwellings on invitation. He said: "Historic and cultural relics, especially ancient dwellings, reserve the most abundant and primary information on material and non-material histories and cultures, just like a historic canvas." The architect spoke highly of the protection and renovation for ancient dwellings in Jiangyan and inscribed "Jiangyan Ancient Dwellings" with delight.
Wang's Ancestral Hall, also known as Baron Wang's Hall, is one of the earliest and largest ancestral halls in Jiangyan. This hall mainly serves as the place for sacrificing Wang Gen, Wang Dong and Wang Bi, the so-called "Three Sages of the Wangs in Huainan" in history. Also, it was an important site where Taizhou School gave lectures. This hall in Taizhou style is a well-preserved ancient building with a long history, profound cultural deposits and characteristics of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Huang Longshi's Memorial Hall now has been a quadrangle courtyard inside which there are some precious historical materials such as Huang Longshi's Xuelei Games (Go Manual), the introduction to Huang Longshi's life stories and anecdotes, and some scenes of the film Hei Bai Dao that describes Huang Longshi's remarkable life. The bronze statue of Huang Longshi in the courtyard, which was designed by Professor Wu Weishan, director of China Sculpture Institute, fully displays the image of this genius Go player who shows outstanding ability and overall-mindedness since his youth and remains second to none in this area.
Located in Liujiaqiao Abbey, Jiangyan Tea Culture Exhibition Center sets many exhibition halls such as The Source of Tea, Tea Merchants from Huizhou in Jiangyan, The Original Processing Technology of Huizhou Tea, Tea House and Tea Shop which present the development histories of tea, tea art, tea science and tea merchants from Anhui in Jiangyan respectively. Hu Yunqing, who was born in Jixi, Anhui, engaged in the tea industry in Jiangyan and the surrounding areas since Daoguang period of the Qing Dynasty. After four generations of inheritance for over one hundred years, the Hu family established Hu Yutai Tea House, Hu Zhentai House, Hu Yuantai House, Yutaihe Tea House, etc. Together with Hongyi Taihe, Fangheda and Southern Anhui Tea Firm, these tea houses made great contributions to the economic and social development of Jiangyan.
Qianlong Warehouse, located in the north backstreet, was the largest trading company in Jiangyan at the beginning of the Republic of China. The tile carving of Qianlong Warehouse on the doorplate, which witnessed the booming industry and trade in Jiangyan, has been blurred by much of changes, but the care and precision of these characters can still be seen indistinctly. Now the warehouse has been renovated to be an art gallery of Cao Jun, an outstanding New Zealand-Chinese modern painter who was born in Jiangyan. The gallery exhibits Cao Jun's Brushwork Tiger and Lion Series, Freehand Brushwork Tiger Series, Splash-color Lotus Series, Splash-color Landscape Series, Fabric Composite Material Series and other typical works. These unique inks create a great many of vigorous, magnificent, inspiring, majestic spaces made of various images to demonstrate the painter's innovative integration of Chinese and western artistic styles.
Guluotang Tourism Cultural Scenic Area preserves the largest ancient stage in Central Jiangsu-- Everlasting Stage in Dongyue Temporary Imperial Palace, which was commonly known as Dongyue Temple Opera Stage, was built on the opposite of the Audience Hall of Dongyue Temporary Imperial Palace by soliciting contributions from the general public during Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty. As the testimony of the integration and interaction between traditional Chinese opera culture and religious culture, it has been listed into An Overview of Chinese Ancient Stages.
The actual brand of the South Pawnshop is "Heng Zhang Dian". As it is in the South Street of Jiangyan Town, the local people are used to call it the "South Pawnshop". Built in Xianfeng Period of the Qing Dynasty, the large pawnshop faces to east, with most of its houses facing south. An expert group once gave an assessment in a site inspection: the South Pawnshop in the South Street has a reasonable plane layout which consists of grey bricks and black tiles and joints craved with knife in as-cast finish style, displaying the distinct characters of local buildings.