In my research, I discovered another "water town," or as they more accurately call this one, an "ancient street." We had visited one of these water towns, Xinchang, with the Grand Gateway group just last week. But since it was nice and sunny today, we decided to go ahead to Qibao Ancient Street, centered on a canalized river.
A major plus, we could get to this one by Metro! Take Metro Line 9 to Qibao Station, use exit 2, turn right on Caobao Lu, right at the first corner on Minzhu Lu, and a couple blocks down you will see a ticket booth. If you are interested in seeing the six museums, buy a ticket. Otherwise continue to the t-intersection and turn left on Qingnian Lu. Soon you will see the decorative gate on the right denoting the entrance to the old street. Bear right past the rockery waterfall.
So, it was a bit touristy, but it was fun!
In the main town - "imperial" pay phones:
Reeling and winding:
2. Qibao Shadow Puppet Museum:
3. Qibao Memorial Hall of Artist Zhang Chongren:
Carved wooden doors:
A miniature of miniatures!
Full of dead preserved crickets and photos of famous fighting crickets?
A cricket well (a foot in diameter)?
Some decorative wall designs:
Newer part of town:
Teahouse on the canal:
Funeral offerings of a nice home and car for the departed:
Monday, July 4, 2011
Brynne and I went to Qibao to purchase souvenirs at the textile mill shop.
Brynne in Qibao:
Monday, May 30, 2011
In Shanghai, south of the Bund, is the oldest and best preserved Catholic church:
Note the rooftops of the nearby apartment buildings. Do they help shade the building?