Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
China, a 600-year-old Village Continues
An Iranians’ village outside Yungju
town in Jiangsu province is more than 600 years old with
its residents living by Iranian traditions, while even
some of them look like Iranians.
At the entrance of the village, the people have built a
monument paying tribute to the Iranians who lived there.
The name of the village "the Parsian Village” is
engraved in Persian and Chinese on a slab of rock.
It is commonly believed that some 600 years ago, an
Iranian businessman who had traveled to the region by
the Silk Road settled in the village. His good Iranian
manners made him popular among the villagers and earned
him a special spiritual status.
As time passed, his children and grandchildren
established the great Iranian community in the region
and Iranian traditions prevailed in the village.
Despite the fact that the villagers are not Muslims,
they still follow Iranian traditions in many ceremonies
such as weddings and funerals after so long a time.
The village has a population of over 27,000. Its main
street is called Fars, and its large river known as Fars,
after the province located in southern Iran. It has an
Iranian restaurant, shop, and most of its agricultural
products such as different vegetables are of Iranian
kind, called Iranian vegetables by people.
The consul general of Iran in China was the first
Iranian official to visit the village in 1998.
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