On April 16, a worker found a well under a building in Tongrenli during a renovation and maintenance project at Xian'anfang on Nanjing Road. Experts in cultural relics and local history did textual research the next day.
Experts found that the well is two meters in diameter and eight meters in depth. The well head is built with machine-made bricks and the inner wall with circular arc red sandstone. It is more than 140 years old and is considered proof that Hankou was the starting point of the Tea Road.
Experts believe that this was not a family well. The surrounding buildings were built after the well was abandoned. This place was the former site of the Fuchang Brick Tea Factory, a famous tea processing factory in Hankou more than a hundred years ago. Experts initially thought that this was an industrial well used to process tea aMore than a hundred years ago, Hankou was a center of tea production. The history of modern industry in Wuhan started with tea processing. Experts suggest that the old well, which is over 140 years old, should be restored and preserved.
"This ancient well of the tea factory can be used as a historical relic for people to visit. It is a testimony of Hankou as the starting point of the 14,000-kilometer-long Tea Road. It witnessed the rise of modern industry in Hankou. As a relic of the industrial heritage of Wuhan, it is of significant historical and cultural value.”t that time and that it was an historical relic of the earliest and largest factory in modern Wuhan. 【By Yi Kehui】