Beautiful sunset from our dinner restaurant.
Zhu Family Garden is a 20,000m² residential complex built during the Qing Dynasty. It has a “three vertical and four horizontal” layout consisting of an ancestral hall, a theatre pavilion, countless courtyards, ponds, and gardens, etc. I didn’t get a chance to go inside but some of my friends made a visit and said it is exquisite.
There is a historic railway station just outside the old town, nowadays only used for a local tourist train. We made a quick visit and met with one of the arriving trains.
Other than being known for its tofu, Jianshui is also reknowned for its purple pottery made of locally sourced clay. Just outside of Jianshui is local artist Luo Xu’s Ant Workshop (蚁工坊). The art workshop is built on the remains of an abandoned kiln site and is now a popular online influencer hotspot. The main structure is built with brightly colored five-hole bricks. There is also a pottery studio, an exhibition hall selling purple pottery, a homestay and a cafe on the site.
Next post will be on Fuxian Lake and Haiyan Village, the last stops of this trip. Stay tuned!
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