Location: Guli town, Changshu City, Suzhou
Founding Time: Since the Ming Dynasty
The Ancient Lishi village, established in the Ming Dynasty, was used to be a prosperous center of business and agriculture. Lishi village developed itself by water transport. You can see wharves and docks hither and thither there, houses all built nearby the river, forming a unique living culture and spatial pattern full of south Yangtze River water town style. Lishi originally names “Lishu”. According to the stele in the West Temple entrance of original Lishi, it says that an officer surnamed Li in the Ming Dynasty built the villa, set up time slightly later than 1,426 years. There is also a legend says people surnamed Li gathered here in Zhengtong years (an emperor in Ming Dynasty) and later here is called Lishi, also known as Shan Jingshi.
Lishi, a village of water with unique Jiangnan characteristics, is circumcised by intermingled networks of water where people just living by the river side. Meanwhile, there are twenty or so historical streets and valleys with appropriate gap between them, which have been well-preserved since the Ming and Qing Dynasties and the Republic of China. The vicissitude networks of water are not only the foundation for villagers’ daily life, but also presented a flamboyant spectacular together with its valleys. With the changes of times, Lishi, basically, has kept its distinctive characteristics and life style, as well as its local culture with historic spots dotted all around.