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Story behind Milou Tower in Zhouzhuang

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Story behind Milou Tower in Zhouzhuang

Once called the De's Tavern, Milou Tower perches next to Zhenfeng Bridge at the southwest corner of Zhouzhuang, Jiangsu province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Once called the De's Tavern, Milou Tower perches next to Zhenfeng Bridge at the southwest corner of Zhouzhuang. It is famous for being a rallying place of literary scholars in old times.

Li Defu, the tavern's owner, was born and bred in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province. He moved with his family to Zhouzhuang at the end of Emperor Guangxu's reign during the Qing Dynasty. Since he was good at cooking, Li opened up the tavern.

Li and his wife had a daughter when they were over 40 years old and named her A Jin. When the girl grew up, she became famous for her peerless beauty in Zhouzhuang. A Jin refused to bind her feet, even though foot binding was a common practice in those days. She was known as Da Jiao Guan Yin (a pretty girl with big feet). She was wooed by countless suitors.

The old couple was reluctant to marry the daughter far away, so A Jin lived with her parents by selling wine and taking care of customers in the tavern. Because of the enchanting water town scenes surrounding it, the tavern was hailed as Milou Tower (the enchanted tower).

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