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Themes of Cultural Heritage Weaved into Hotel 2019-04-01
In Jiande, the first theme hotel on the ‘Fishermen of Nine Surnames’ concept saw its soft opening on July 28. The ‘Fishermen of Nine Surnames’ is a unique local culture originated in Jiande City, Hangzhou and was recently inscribed on the list of National Intangible Cultural Relics.

The nine surnames in the folklore are Chen, Qian, Lin, Ye, Xu, He, Li, Yuan and Sun. Legend has it that the ancestors of Fishermen of Nine Surnames were the followers of Chen Youliang – a great force in the overthrowing of the corrupt Yuan Dynasty. After losing the battle to Zhu Yuanzhang – the founder of the Ming Dynasty, he and his followers were banished to the Fuchun river area in Zhejiang province and their descendants have since been known as ‘Fishermen of Nine Surnames’. During the Ming Dynasty era, there were strict rules against them, restricting them to living on fishing boats, forbidding them from entering any public places or marrying people on the land and prohibiting them from applying for government posts.


For hundreds of years, Fishermen of Nine Surnames have lived on boats and touched land only to purchase daily necessities. This form of isolation from society helped in the formation of a distinct language, clothing and lifestyle. Representative artefacts of their culture include the custom of Bride Kidnapping in Dragon Boats and Wedding Ceremony on water as well as the famous medicinal liquor ‘Wujiapi’.

To popularize and recreate the unique fishing culture of the area, Luotong Village blends certain elements into the design of the garden hotel to best showcase folk customs. Staying at the hotel, one can experience the fog in the early mornings and enjoy the moon at nights with the cool river breeze fanning the estate during the entire day. Guestrooms with high elevation offer a splendid view with the scenery of Xin’an River laid out before one’s eyes.


The roofs of the guestrooms on the top are so designed to make one feel like they are residing in a fishing boat and not a building on land. Standing out from all guestrooms is the one guestroom at the highest point of the hotel which is equipped with a unique bathroom that features three walls made of glass, with the south wall facing the river directly, and the north and west ones blocked by leafy trees to guarantee privacy. Imagine bathing in a bathtub covered with flower petals while enjoying the surrounding natural scenery, white clouds dotting the azure sky above and crystal-clear river below. What a treat!

If you want to immerse yourself in the unique culture of Fishermen of Nine Surnames and enjoy the gifts of nature, get to the hotel by driving along Hangxinjing Expressway (杭新景高速) till the exit of Xin’an River and then follow Xin’an Road (新安路) to entrance of the hotel.
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