Huangshan Xidi Village

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Xidi is a very beautiful village located the southern foot of Huangshan, only 40 kilometers away from Huangshan Scenic Area in Anhui Province. It is the perfect place for visitors to see typical folk houses, where residents have lived as they have for centuries. It gives visitors the rare opportunity to explore China's ancient culture and arts.

With a history of over 900 years, Xidi Village is segmented by over 40 ancient winding and narrow lanes which are paved with bluestones. Visitors strolling through this ancient village will discover traditional Hui-style houses, ancestral temples, academies of classical learning, stone archways, white walls and grey tiles, beautifully paned windows, projecting horse-head walls, and stone slab bridge. These features are all centuries old and the residents live as they always have making Xidi Village an open-air museum.

On the marble doorframes, flowers, birds and beasts can be found carved on them. The carved bricks feature: pavilions, human figures, and scenes from local operas. Many villagers have kept many of these arts alive, and visitors can visit them and see their woodcarvings, murals, and gardens exhibition by the local villagers. In Xidi Village, the arrangements of the antique furniture, and the lay of the paintings in the houses are as they were during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Xidi Village appears like a page in a fairy tale. Embraced by mountains, with clear streams flowing through it and goldfish ponds scattered throughout it, and with paddy fields placed in front of it, Xidi Village looks to picturesque to be real. In 2000, this very quiet and peaceful village was listed on UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List with Hongcun Village, and ever since, architects, planners, sculptors, industrial artists, and painters have been heading to Xidi as it provides them with abundant sources of inspiration.

Xidi Village was originally called Xichuan (West River), owing to the various water courses flowing through it. It is said that Xidi was the traffic hub, and the government set up a courier station for the officials to take a short break. While in ancient times, the courier station was known as the “delivery shop”(Dipu in Chinese), so Xichuan was also known as “Xidi”. In fact, The rise of the village was closely tied to the fortunes of the Hu family. By 1465 CE, during the Ming Dynasty, family members had started in business as merchants, leading to construction of major private buildings and a public infrastructure. By the middle of the 17th century, the influence wielded by members of the Hu family expanded from commerce into politics. The prosperity of Xidi peaked in the 18th and 19th centuries, at which time the village comprised about 600 residences.

Hu Wenguang big arch

A variety of flavors of rice wine is very popular.

open courtyard


simple and elegant

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Winter Tour Beijing Zoo

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Someday ago, I went to the zoo and spent a happy day there, although it was a bit cold, I still played a whole day with my family. The animals are rather lonely, so if time permit, all of us should go to accompany them. 

It is a royal manor in the Ming Dynasty, named Sanbeizi Garden. The eastern part is called the Leshan Park, while the western part is called Keyuan Park. In 1906, Keyuan Garden and Leshan Park merger, and collect some animals, named Wansheng Park. April 1, 1955, the western suburbs park was officially renamed as the Beijing Zoo. 

We take a counterclockwise route, giving up the conventional route, and first came to the Amphibians and Reptiles Hall.

Pogona vitticeps from eastern Australia, also known as Bearded Dragon

Radish tail leopard gecko lizard, Gekkonidae, a variant in the artificial cultivation

It is the Trimeresurus.

These days it was surprisingly low temperatures in Beijing, minus 10 degrees, the river was frozen into ice, covered with leaves.

Look, the lions were sleeping soundly. 

Ps: If visit the zoo in winter, you should ware thick clothes, because you will spend the most of time wandering outdoors, if it is really cold, the rhinoceros hippopotamus museum is a good place to eat and get warm, in the northeast of the garden.

Beijing Zoo fares:
1 High season: (April 1 - October 31)
Joint ticket: 20 yuan / person (including entrance ticket, Panda ticket);
Admission: 15 yuan / person (not including Panda ticket or circus ticket); Panda House fare: 5 yuan / person;

2 Off-season: (November 1 - March 31);
Joint ticket: 15 yuan / person (including ticket, Panda ticket);
Admission: 10 yuan / person (not including Panda ticket, circus ticket)

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Miss Xiguan in Wind and Rain

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A Guangzhou friend whose hometown is Dongshan says “Master Dongshan, Miss Xiguan”. Days ago, I went to the Xiguan he mentioned in the words. But unfortunately, there was wind and rain on that day I visited Xiguan.

Xiguan was the commercial downtown area in the past time, and the wealthy young lady often came here for entertainment. While now, these small buildings have already become the home of the civilians, only safflowers, but no lady of enjoying flowers. 

The home of former Guangzhou Chamber of Commerce President, now it is empty, only the mottled balcony.

Outside and inside the Xiguan house, there were also some ladies looking for Xiguan Miss.

In the residual landscape of old buildings, there is a modern country girl.

her family

Panxi Restaurant was the former Xiguan big house.

There were many people waiting for dinner in the big house. Look, the room was full of people, and we were the No. 47.

Enjoy the hotel's lion dance ceremony

The whole family walked out from the Xiguanshijia hotel.

the rice-flour noodle in Xiguan

I came to Guangzhou to see the rain in winter, and walked in the rain, in Xiguan. 

the happy family

There were still Spring Festival atmosphere in lychee Bay. 

Shangjiu Road, Xiajiu Road, Xiguan Commercial Street, the places young men and women like to go.

Modern Miss Xiguan

Wind and rain can not stop the joy of young people.

The young woman held her child like this in the wind and rain Xiguan.

The young lady who likes to take pictures was pointing towards the sky. 

Cock Vendor

A family and the cock vendor

Pingan Grand Theater

Guangzhou cuisines shops, there are also full of customers in the festivals and holidays.

Young couple was holding their daughter while shopping at Shangxiajiu. 

Sculpture of a modern lady in the background of two former Miss Xiguan, and came two naughty children.

Hand in hand with the cheongsam foreign Lady 

Mother and daughter walked in the rain. 

The Miss Xiguan is always not afraid of the rain.

Everybody was holding an umbrella in the rain.

This Miss Xiguan smiled and showed a row of white teeth. 

Busy Xiguan Shangxiajiu Road, every day.

In fact, Miss Xiguan is just a legend and the streets in the old Guangzhou looks new.

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