China: Yunnan: #15 Back to Jianshui

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Forty five minutes on the train and we were back in Jianshui… and just a little hungry.

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Kenzo again excelled and found a place that served up a delicious meal… lotus root slices filled with a sticky rice mix and deep fried – delicious!

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Bamboo shoots, capsicum and some meat… not sure what, but tasty anyway.

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And for our veggies… fresh broccoli and carrots… cooked perfectly.

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Fed and happy, we wandered further along the road. Crispy skin duck in one of the market shops looked good. Maybe we’d look for a duck dinner later on.

But for now, there was still more of the town to see so we walked to the Confucius Temple complex, the third largest in China.  It was built during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).

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The entrance gate to the Confucian Temple was pretty impressive.  The entry fee was high, so I just took a peek through the entrance gate.

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And what I saw was a large pond full of lotus plants.

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Further along, we came upon another of the many ancient wells in Jianshui. The first of these wells, the Dongjing Well, was originally dug in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) making it around 700 years old.  The sweet, crystal-clear water from these wells is said to make the best tea. I just hope they don’t ever ‘sully the waters’ with mining or fracking or whatever in the area!

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A decorative shrine filled a niche in a wall.

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A neighbourly afternoon chat!

T’was time for us to take a break, too.  The heat and high humidity sent us back to our hotel where a shower was in order… and the first Nanna nap I’d had since arriving in China.  I think I’d earned it. But I couldn’t stay snoozing forever… it was time to eat again!  So off into the streets – again.

We were heading for a place well known for its duck dishes… and we salivated at the thought.  However, we were a little late – they had run out of duck.  So instead, Kenzo ordered BBQ pork which was absolutely delicious.  He also ordered an eggplant dish which he promptly sent back because he’d ordered it without chillies.  The chef was obviously not in the habit of omitting the usual handful of chillies when preparing this dish.  The replacement dish came… it still had fresh green and orange twisted capsicum in it, but thankfully, these didn’t impart such a hot taste.  It seemed strange to me that I was looking for the hot bits, while Kenzo, my Asian friend, was dodging them!  The whole meal, including a Harbin beer, was ¥39 (AUD9)… excellent value!

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On leaving the restaurant we heard some music a little way up the street. We just had to follow that sound and found a covered stage set up in a bit of a square where dancers were performing in colourful costumes to very loud amplified traditional music.

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We sat around for 20 or so minutes watching dancing and umbrella twirling before we agreed that it was time to call it a night.  We were back in our hotel by 21.00 and well and truly ready for bed.

David

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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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China: Yunnan: #13 Exploring Tuan Shan (Part a)

Tuan Shan village is the only intact village of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).  It was inhabited by the Yi minority and some traditional Chinese Han.

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Some of the courtyard houses, built of grey mud bricks, are 600 years old.  It is said that all the houses face east and therefore catch the first rays of the sun each morning. The first old house we saw had a sign which gave the building date as 1910… so not as old as some.

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A very old covered doorway.

Many of these old doorways have a stone known as a Tai shan shi Gan Dang.  It’s believed that it can break spells and protect the house from evil and disasters.  An interpretive sign said that stone is believed to have “the cultural connocation (sic) that people wish blessings to the officials, health to the commonwealth, prevail of education and the promotion of rituals and music”.

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A fig tree with a strong hold on its wall.

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A fancy restaurant built on stilts above a lotus pond.

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The light rain had left a delicate dusting of water drops on this lotus leaf.

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Lotus seed pods about to shed their seed.

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Looking up the street to the main gate of the walled village.

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A sign we probably would not see in Australia!

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Colourful decorations

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The main East Gate of the village was built in 1904 as a two-story residence with three rooms.  It’s been an important fortification for the village.

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Another decorated man hole cover.

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The village square… a meeting place for a chat.

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Red-coloured corn

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A peep into a small square just off the main square.

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Doorways are good places to meet… but the conversation must be somewhat boring!

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An interesting house with traditional saddle-shaped roof.

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 A sneak peak through a window into somebody’s kitchen.

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One of the rooms in a museum house

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A long bench table

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A painted door panel

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The panel on the other side of the double doors

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An ornate gateway

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One of the courtyards in the Liuyuan Garden and Mansion which was built by Zhang Youcai in the second decade of the 20th Century.  It has 17 rooms and two courtyards.

Time for a rest… more of this village anon

David

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