Back on the narrow streets
Dried gourds for sale in a small shop
Dried lotus pods.
In this lady’s shop items made from plant stalks were for sale
Yet another decorative manhole cover.
Gates also often contained living quarters.
Arachis glabrata, a ground cover plant.
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.
A view of the central pool through a moon gate
Zephyranthes carinata growing in a garden bed surrounding the pool
A balcony being used to dry lotus seed pods
Extracting seeds from a lotus pod
A toothy grin
Crooked old lanes lead onwards
A broom resting on a window sill
A window barred with wooden poles
The sign said this was a “Century Cactus”. The leaves are used as a vegetable.
Intricately carved and gilded doors that have seen better days
Rice stalks drying in the sun
Courtyard of an old timber house… fire fighting equipment at the door!
Which key do I use?
…to open this door
An ancient moon gate in need of a little TLC.
Water droplets looking like crystals on a taro leaf
It was 13.00, time to be back to board the train
Without stops, it only took 45 minutes to get back to Jianshui.
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