Seven treasures

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Postcard-worthy. It is actually the only part of Qibao resembling its more famous water town cousins elsewhere in eastern China.

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Argh. Way too many people for our liking. Being squashed by the crowds in fake ancient streets lined by shops selling the same ubiquitous junk found in restored ancient towns across China isn’t our idea of a day trip though I think it qualifies as one to many Chinese.

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So we decided to take matters into our own hands…

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… and take a detour to the residential (and less touristy) part of Qibao.

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Operation success: We managed to lose the tourists.

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Residential Qibao has an interesting array of mint green houses, somewhat a toned-down version of the Emerald City.

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I wonder what made residents pick the color.

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It does add a touch of whimsy heheheh.

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We met three bubbly little girls enthusiastically looking out and picking up trash in their neighborhood. When asked why they were doing this, they chirpily said: 因为我们要爱护环境. Ah, the sort of cutesy childhood innocence that’s quite a rarity among Chinese children these days. Regretted not taking a photo of the three girls, ack !

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Then we stumbled upon Qibao’s quaint catholic church…

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… which has two stone lions guarding its entrance.

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Live poultry sighted as we walked through a small outdoor market after leaving the church. I like markets in general, so many things to see and (sometimes) to touch.

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Bye bye Qibao because it’s about time for us to get on Metro Line 9. Don’t know when we will be back again. You were lovely less for the water town and more for the suburban ride.

2 Thoughts on “Seven treasures

  1. I noticed that all these towns have old-style facades built onto existing new buildings – it’s almost a cookie cutter approach. They look so similarly manufactured and stuck on, there is no character beyond “Look, it’s a Chinese-style building.” I noticed a lot of them in Suzhou, Hangzhou and Beijing. As a result, it’s hard to tell which is actually preserved and which is actually glued on.

  2. admin on March 26, 2010 at 6:00 PM said:

    You’re right. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder if it’s actually better off for old towns to remain dilapidated as they are than to be classified as heritage/tourism sites.

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