Having arrived in the walled city of Jianshui, we had to walk along Lin An Road to get to our accommodation. It turned out to be a very interesting walk indeed.
At least, some of the signs were in English as well as Chinese.
Shade trees helped make the walk pleasant.
It was a delight to be walking up such a beautiful cobble stone street. Although there were many old buildings, new ones were being built in the old style.
Intricate carvings decorated some of the wooden doors.
Even the manhole covers were decorative and told traditional stories.
They were all cast in concrete and each one was different; this one depicted a deer.
The tree surrounds had been carefully laid…
but I did wonder about the health of the tree roots.
It can sometimes be difficult to find a good angle for a photo!
An impressive entrance to a restaurant; it looked very inviting.
The city retains a wonderful ‘old Chinese’ feel
Traditional roof styles and tiles
A colourful street scene of small shops.
More colour in the merchandise hanging by the doorway of a shop.
With very few cars, bikes were the transport of choice… or feet!
Intricately carved wooden doors closed off this shop from the street.
Detail of some of the carving on that door.
…and all of that was seen just walking down the street to get to our hotel…
Reception at the Fairyland Hotel… great name!
The Fairyland is a modern and clean hotel, the only thing that left a little to be desired was the toilet and shower arrangement. Although clean, they were side by side with a clear sheet of glass between and a partially opaque sliding door that either closed off the loo or the shower, but not both together. So, when sharing a room, unless you wanted to be on ‘display’, only one convenience could be used at a time. Apart from this minor matter, I would thoroughly recommend the establishment.
Time to drop off our ‘stuff’ and go for another walk in this lovely old town.
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