Making tiger hats to celebrate the festival here. /制作虎头帽庆祝节日。 [Photo by Tang Yan, Tang Yue] 唐严汤越摄
By Gou Wen
Zheng Shi Shi Qi Fang (the Seventeen houses of the Zheng family) is located in Zhenhai District, with a construction area of more than 40,000 square meters. Most of the houses were built in the Qing Dynasty. This is one of the largest and best preserved ancient architectural villages of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in China.
Walking on the flagstone road, people can see the small bridges, flowing water, ancestral hall, and ancient stage, together forming a beautiful view that represents the scenery of Jiangnan, or southern area of the Yangtze River.
This is one of the origins of Ningbobang. Many business giants, such as Zheng Xi, founder of "Lao Feng Xiang" and Zheng Zunfa, founder of "Hero Ink", had become indispensable names when people mention Ningbobang.
Nowadays, many people are attracted to visit here. At the beginning of the Year of the Tiger, citizens and tourists come to guess lantern riddles, wrap rice dumplings, and make tiger hats, adding a lively festival atmosphere here.