Enjoy One Night in Shuanglang

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I have been to Dali twice: one time was on the way to Nujiang Grand Canyon, when I stayed in the ancient city for one night; while the other time I drove my friends around the ancient city, and had a lunch there!

I didn’t plan to go to Dali in this trip to Yunnan, but encountered a traffic jam on State Road 214, so I decided to go to Shuanglang, and stayed in Erhai for one night. 

Shuanglang is a small fishing village on the east coast of Erhai Lake, but it become popular among the backpackers these years for the simple reason that, because the new life of petty bourgeoisie there, which is related with an inn named “Haiti Life”.

If not to book in advance for such a well-known inn like “Haiti Life”, it is often difficult to have room, but I was lucky enough, there was happened to be an available sea view suite, ¥ 280 a night. 

The road along the Erhai east coast is paved road, but when to the village, the road become bad, and even the famous Shuanglang is no exception.

“Haiti Life” is not easy to find. Firstly, it is not in the Shuanglang town, but in a place called Dajianpang village outside the town; secondly, it hide deep in the village, because the car is not allowed to drive in the village, I had to park my car outside, and then asked the way to “Haiti Life”

The courtyards of Haiti Life line up along the coastline, where the vision is very open, without a shelter, only a puddle of water, and then the vast sea far from. It said that the east coast of Erhai Lake has the best scenery, which is right enough!

I checked in and headed for my room. 

There is a courtyard covered with gravel when come out of the inn; in a corner of the courtyard, stood a lot of canoeing and cycling, which add a lot of the flavor of youth and vitality to the courtyard.

Turned left, there is a small inn bar and book store, built by red brick, the back corner of an earthen oven, wooden bookshelf stocked with books…

Turned right about 12 steps is the viewing platform of the inn, two layers, where you can enjoy the sea breeze and the wonderful sunrise and sunset in Erhai Lak. 

Unconsciously, it was the dinner time. I set up the stove to eat barbecue, baked potato, baked marine fish, and roasted vegetables in the courtyard of the beach.

After dinner, I stood in the waterside viewing stage, and shot the splendid stars in the night sky.

The night of Shuanglang is so quiet, in addition to the occasional dog bark, only the sound of the wind and waves on the sea shore.

Morning, when the day had not bright, I got up and dressed, waiting for the magnificent moment of sunshine. 

The pre-dawn Erhai Lake had no water wave. The ray finally dyed red the ridge of the East, and the clouds.

In the morning, a pair of young lovers rent a boat to the center of the sea. 

Day shone, I drove along the new road of Erhai Lake. 

There was smoke curling rising in the beautiful coastal Bai residential. A dead tree forest line up from high to dwarf, the sun sprinkle on the sea, a boat… a natural ink painting. 

The sun just lit up on a bend in the immediate road. 

The sun became brighter and brighter, it is the cloudless blue sky above Erhai Lake, under the clear sky, the blue of Erhai Lake is exceptionally deep. 

I really didn’t want to go, and live a leisure life in Erhai Lake.

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The Bund Winter Night Photos

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That winter night, in the magic city 

It was very surprisingly cold. 

The Bund is bright and translucent.

The hasty steps 

Was forgotten in the depths of the neon

Shanghai Travel Guide: http://www.tourdechina.cn/ChinaGuide/Shanghai/

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Walk into the Leisure Qiantong

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Somebody describes Qiantong: it is different from other ancient towns, not only well-preserved, but also gives people the feeling of simple, profound, with strong human spirit and the eastern Zhejiang town charm. The sculptures and patterns on some ancient buildings in the historic town fully reflect the pursuit of their predecessors in the art form. 

People must transfer to Ninghai from Ningbo: take the No.10 bus at the Ningbo Railway Station and get off at the South Bus Station, and then change bus to Ninghai, the fare is about 30.

The place to get off at Qiantong is just the Mount Lushan's mouth, if time permit, people can climbed to the Mount Lushan, where you can enjoy the panoramic views of Qiantong. 

Mount Lushan has an altitude of only 39 meters, if you are good in physical strength, you do not have ten minutes to reach the summit, overlooking the Qiantong ancient town: blocks of historic houses and rows of alleys, just a pieces of ink, if it is just during the meal time, and that lingering smoke…like a paradise in front of you.

Down from Mount Lushan, buy a ticket to get into the ancient town, you will feel as if came into another world, it is busy and nosy outside the town just now, but it is quiet here, and the life is comfortable, leisure. 

You will easily get lost when walking in Qiantong,because there are winding roads and alleys, in a Chinese character “回” layout, the streets are extremely narrow, while you are walking in the town, you will feel as if in the Maze. Qiantong is the same with the other ancient towns in China, but has different views.

Qiantong is the extraordinary original of Southern Yangtze in Ming and Qing Dynasties, as well as a strong rhyme of rural painting. Qiantong is famous for its peculiar residential layout, the well-preserved ancient Ming and Qing buildings and talented there. 

The Lantern Festival is the busiest time in the whole year in Qiantong, when every household decorated with red lanterns. The Lantern Festival of Qiantong is to commemorate the contributing ancestors.

Today, the life in Qiantong is slow and leisure and you will unconsciously slowed down your steps, bask in the sun, chat with the local, and enjoy that slow down good days.

The Monument to the Martyrs on the peak of Mount Lushan

The standing on the peak of Mount Lushan, overlooking the ancient town of the Qiantong

Location Map of Qiantong town

This is the door of a dwelling, isn’t it very impressive?

The empty main room, it should be used to worship

Housing is also the construction in form of the courtyard 

perfect match

Here, if we ignore the photographic equipment on the body of visitors, you can not tell who visitors are, and who the residents are.

Wharf wall of the southern town building

The filming place of the film “a barber”

The chair and mirror in the film still on the wall 

And the cigarette advertising of that era

Walk alone in this alley, like walk in the runway of a space shuttle

Qiantong town streets were decorated with red lanterns, very attracting.

There were many visitors

But the street would be empty not for a while, and return quiet back. 

Sculpture of the roof

Folk Museum

Woodcarving: plum, orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum

The baby shaved the filial piety hair 

The wood carving of the Qiantong is the local character, look at the carved ancient bed, isn’t it elegant?

Qiantong wood carving

Qiantong's life is real slow life, their laundry without a washing machine, there is no modern equipment.

Warm sun in the afternoon, I envy the old men in the sun.

There are also naughty boys and leisure young people in the afternoon.

The elderly walked in an alley, and you will fell as if back to the old hometown.

In the afternoon, in the warm sun, everything was static. I quietly came to take a shot this dozing elderly, which touched me a lot. This is Qiantong, where you will forget the zone and the time. 

Qiantong three treasures: old Tofu, hollow Tofu, smoked bean curd, due to its unique taste and a rich historical value, and collectively referred as the Qiantong three treasures.

a strolling cock 

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