|so peaceful and quiet in the morning|
|Traditional Huizhou-style Architecture.|
|Haven't seen wooden hangers for a long time|
I wouldn't be surprise if these were hand made.
|fungi casually growing on the logs on the roof top of the hostel|
We begin our day with a hearty breakfast. Breakfast is exciting business as the food is simple but fresh and tasty. It has been a long time since I had a fresh fried dough (油條)!
|I was so excited when I saw this!|
|Wuyuan specialty snack - RMB$5 for 3|
The breakfast place laughed when we told them how much we paid -.-|||
|Apparently, our understanding of wontons are two different things. I am thinking the meaty Shanghainese wontons and they gave me this... wrapping with barely any meat inside|
There are quite a few popular destinations along the north route: most of them are famous for their natural beauty. Our first stop of the day is the beautiful Moon Bay (月亮灣). We thought we were pretty early arriving at 7 a.m. but we were told that we were late. Most enthusiasts are usually there before 6 a.m. for the sunrise :S It wasn't until later in the afternoon on our way back to Li Keng when we finally found the spot for good pictures~ It was quite a walk to go up there but the view is worth it!
|7 am in the morning and these guys are already working (and told us we are late)|
|we came back for a raft ride in the afternoon |
our "driver" told us the "perfect" spot for pictures
he also told us flowers is April, oil is June, and peaches is August!
|The path is steep!|
(That's tea if you are wondering)
Some people come here during sunrise
We were not that hardcore
The other thing Wuyuan is famous for is the villages, built in the typical Huizhou-style. I later read about this style of architecture in the in-flight magazine on the return flight, which helped increased my appreciation of the villages. Who knew there is such a story behind these seemingly old houses!
"Huizhou-style architecture is one of the major schools of Chinese traditional residential architecture. After the mid-Ming Dynasty, a great number of Anhui merchants amassed considerable wealth. To gain prestige, uphold local reputations, and honor their ancestors, many of them purchased land and lavished money on the construction of residences, gardens, academies, and memorial temples. Since the area is abounded in timber, the locals maintained the tradition of painting and engraving. All these helped shaped the distinctive Huizhou architectural style.
Huizhou architectural style was also subject to the influence of clanism. In ancient Huizhou, arranged in a radiating fashion, with the ancestral temple at the center, residential houses were used as not only dwellings, but also defense fortresses against foreign invasion. Gradually, the local houses became largely identical to exterior appearance. Meanwhile, given the mountainous terrain of Huizhou, the principles of Chinese feng shui were also considered an important factor for the architectural layout. Hence today, when traveling around Huizhou you can always find a pleasant harmony between architecture and nature every step you move."
|Tourists need to purchase a pass to go inside|
It's so typical in China these days.
If you have a valid student (up to university) discount, they will accept it.
You get 50% off!
|Can you guess what this is?|
It's the Treasury!
It's build in a circular shape to make it more difficult for thieves to climb
|not too bad for a tourist attraction|
the ride is short though
|See the wooden log?|
It's what they used to catch fish!
|the water is so calm and clean|
We had a quick lunch at a local restaurant just off the road. It's the first time we heard a restaurant in China said that they don't have table to accommodate us (the restaurant is empty at that moment) and we had to negotiate that we will eat fast and leave as soon as we are done! True enough, moments later, 2 large tourist buses showed up and filled the place completely. No wonder they don't care about losing our business!
|There is no menu here. |
You go in their kitchen and order what you want!
Loved it! Everything was so fresh!
|We agreed to eat simple for lunch and indulge during dinner|
Yet, the 粉蒸肉 is the best I had during this trip!
We also visited the Crouching Dragon Valley (卧龍谷). I was slightly disappointed because the water levels are low and this place is famous for it's rivers and waterfalls. Nevertheless, it's still a beautiful place and the water there is tasty!
|It reads "Crouching Dragon Valley 'cheap' supermarket"|
We all smiled - coz you know it's not cheap!
|The is the "fall" on the advertising pamphlet.|
I have never felt so cheater ever since Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone Park.
|I am pretty surprised they have EV charging spot here!|
|The translation is horrible but if you ask me.|
But Chinese is a difficult language to translate.
|We tried the water (just a bit)|
it's sweet and very refreshing!
The night's dinner at the guesthouse. So yummy!!! Sometimes, travel is not about luxury and it's not all about the scenery. Travel to me is an experience, a journey. The same place will invoke different moods and feelings when you are with different people under different weather. These positive experiences I had traveling alone and with strangers definitely reinforced my desire to do more of these trips in the future! Sometimes, your best friends may not be your best travel buddies. Some people may say I am bold and fearless but I say use your common sense and step out of your comfort zone. :)