It was famous for its food and scenery back in the Tang Dynasty when poet and Hangzhou governor Bai Juyi used to visit a friend s home to eat, drink and gaze at West Lake.
Brief of Maojiabu Village
Situated to the west of Couchy Stream, Maojiabu Village consists of Upper Village and Lower Village connected by the winding Longjing (Dragon Well) Road. Since the Song Dynasty (960-1279), Maojiabu Village has become a nexus of transportation and an oasis of Buddhism. Against its fields of mulberry trees and orchards, numerous restored historical attractions might beckon for nature enthusiasts.
The famous Former Residence of Du Jinsheng is located here. Born in Lower Village, he was the owner of Du Jinsheng Silk Weaving Factory known both at home and abroad for its brocade production.
Drunken Bai’s Wine Tower dating from the Tang Dynasty (618-907) is situated southwest of Couchy Streams. As a famous governor of Hangzhou, Bai Juyi often went to a wine tower beside West Lake. The owner asked Bai for the inscription and this poet-governor named the tower Drunken Bai’s Tower.
Southwest of the wine tower lies Wufeng (Five Peaks) Thatched House, which was used to spread Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Now this Chinese-styled two-storied house with a courtyard also functions as a teahouse.