Xitang Day 2, China–Part I

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Woke up and found these for my breakfast.  Breads made of sticky rice and osmanthus flowers.  Fish and flowers symbolize auspiciousness.

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Rice wine dotted with osmanthus flowers.

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Firefighting boat.

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We had to buy a ticket to get into the old town part. Included in the ticket were accesses to 12 temples and old houses in the area.  Today I decided to take a look at them.  The first one is the Temple of Foods.

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Think these are statues in the works, but the staff told me you can worship them now.

A picture in a frame – of importance, important enough people will kneel down and pray in front of it.

The god in the framed picture.

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Plaques in the grand hall reads “Quiet, Respect….”

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Second touristic place is the Zuiyuan or “Drunk Garden”.

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Apparently this house belongs to this gentleman, who did all the relief and imprinting works that we just saw.  I bought one of his works.

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His garden, though tiny but has everything in a Chinese garden, the rocks, the pond, and a gallery.

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Another old house.

The house itself is a museum now. Oil painting creates an areal view of the old town.

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Old lock parts.

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At the gate of Xiyuan, or West Garden, the biggest house I’ve seen in the area yet.

You can tell the family used to own this house is of high status, the doorsill is up to knee high, symbolizing its much harder to get into this family.

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A small gallery hall shields garden walkers from rain, keep the house in working order rain or shine.

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Upstairs is a museum.

and a view to the streets.

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Old well, now sealed.

A cave under the rock for anyone wanna chill off in summer heat.

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Another part of the mansion houses a fan exhibition.

Second floor window view.

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Grand living room

Granite cut and polished, like Chinese ink painting.

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Garden with ivy-covered houses.

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Hallway so big that guests may take a break here.

This part of the wall could definitely use some renovation Winking smile

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