China: Yunnan: #14 Exploring Tuan Shan (Part b)

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Back on the narrow streets

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Dried gourds for sale in a small shop

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Dried lotus pods.

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In this lady’s shop items made from plant stalks were for sale

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Yet another decorative manhole cover.

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Gates also often contained living quarters.

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 Arachis glabrata, a ground cover plant.

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Yet another gateway to a courtyard

In 1905 the Zhang jia Family ancestral temple and garden complex was built.  The complex contains 119 rooms, 21 courtyards, covered walkways, airy pavilions and of course the ancestral temple.  A large central pool is surrounded by decorated stone railings.

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A view of the central pool through a moon gate

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Central pool

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Zephyranthes carinata growing in a garden bed surrounding the pool

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A balcony being used to dry lotus seed pods

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Extracting seeds from a lotus pod

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A toothy grin

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Crooked old lanes lead onwards

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A broom resting on a window sill

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A window barred with wooden poles

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The sign said this was a “Century Cactus”.  The leaves are used as a vegetable.

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Intricately carved and gilded doors that have seen better days

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Rice stalks drying in the sun

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Courtyard of an old timber house… fire fighting equipment at the door!

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Which key do I use?

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…to open this door

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An ancient moon gate in need of a little TLC. 

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Water droplets looking like crystals on a taro leaf

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It was 13.00, time to be back to board the train

Without stops, it only took 45 minutes to get back to Jianshui.

David

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