I wandered through this village about 1.5 hours away from Shanghai . A wonderful Venice like city that was developed in 900AD and well preserved! Truly an ancient Chinese secret! It was my absolute favorite place in China.
It just struck a chord with me. It was well preserved and so Chinese so to speak. Where most of the country is moving towards industry and modernization, this still had an ancient feel to it.
My mission in Japan 25 years ago reminded so much of this area. I was sort of homesick for Japan.
We booked a tour with a Chinese company right off the street and didn’t understand a word.
We had troubles ordering food and didn’t want to mistake ordering these pig feet that most of our new friends got excited about. These are a delicacy not to be misssed my new chinese friends said.
We toured one of the richest homes during the Ming Dynasty, over 60 percent of the homes are preserved out of the 1000 homes in the area.
One of the tender mercies were when we met a Chinese couple who had studied in the US and spoke decent english. They helped us get around and stayed close to us so we wouldn’t get loss and miss the bus ride back. We could have not done this day without them.
China is so beautiful in its own way. The people are kind, the political life makes it difficult for them. I couldn’t imagine not having freedom.
What a great day to photograph and enjoy the culture of an amazing country.