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As the birthplace of the Wu Culture, found in the middle of the Shanghai-Nanjing line, Wuxi boasts many southern residential houses with characteristics of the Wu Culture. The houses represent a mixture of national and Western cultures. They show how Wuxi has changed from a prosperous southern town into a commercial and industrial town and then into an economic and cultural center.
Just as Wuxi people like to get together, so do their residential houses. Residents were once divided by trade and position. Cloth businessmen lived on Cloth Trade Lane. Those who made bamboo poles lived on bamboo poles lived on Bambo Lane. The Taozao River was a place for selling goods from both the north and the south. The Mountain Tour Boat Wharf was especially for people from outside Wuxi who came to the temple fair on Mount Huishan on March 3 every year. Beitang Street was the distribution place of rice. Today, Yaochewan, Sibaoqiao, and Xiaoluo Lane are the few old residential houses remained.
Another kind of gate, the "stone warehouse gate," were constructed in the 1920s and 1930s. Under the influence of Western buildings, hosts built the gates integrating both national and Western themes. The gates are made of wood, enclosed by stones, and are solid and practical. Some wealthy people carved flower veins on the gates wrapped with iron sheets and stuck nails on the gate in auspicious designs.
The third kind, the "tuichao ban," was used for shops and are thus durable and solid. The gate is composed of several wooden boards. During business hours, the wooden boards were put down. At closing time, they were pushed in one after the other and then locked up with an iron rod.
Common gates, "damen," are inscribed with the characters "da" for ventilation and "men" for entrance. Usually artisans used wood tenons instead of nails.
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