Qingyan Ancient Town


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April 1st 2018
Published: June 1st 2018
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Qingyan Ancient Town,is one of the most famous historical and cultural towns in Guizhou Province, it is situated 15 kilometers away from my school, wich is in Huaxi district, in the southern part of Guiyang city.

The beautiful ancient town has got an area of over 700 acres and was originally built in 1378, during the Ming dynasty period (1368 - 1644).

Nowadays Qingyan ancient town has become a great tourist attraction, especially during the weekend.

It took me about one hour and a half to reach Qingyan town due to the traffic jam and crashes that usually happen here, but slowly slowly I safely arrived to my destination.

The bus just left me on the main road and to get to the ancient town I had to walk for about one more kilometer.

At first sight I did not like it that much because within the town you can see even little arcades crowded with kids of different age having fun there. For certain stretches along the fortified city I had to walk at a snail's pace just to give you the idea of how crowded the place was.

When I climbed the wall
in Qinyan, it was a bit like walking on the Great Wall with strenuous uphills, steep downhills and from the top I could see the entire walled city that divided Qingyan town from the other neighboring towns.

When I was walking inside the town, I was marvelled at the ancient architecture, there were monasteries, temples, courtyards and palaces. All of them were constructed by the great architects of the Ming and Qing Dynasties and were really worth a visit. I had a walk in the ancient business streets to admire the elegant wooden houses, beautiful tea shops, antiques shops, restaurants, the famous local snacks, such as Qingyan tofu and other spicy delicacy of the region.

I also liked the courtesy of the local people, it happened that when I was standing in front of a little restaurant and trying to understand the characters written on the menu, one local woman invited me in, she spoke a bit of english and helped me in choosing some of their local delicacies like: the spicy Tofu, the delicious Tudou balls, Miantiao and my favourite dumplings.

While eating, I was chatting with this person, she was there with her husband and some other relatives, even though I could not speak their language they were extremely kind wth me and the food was very good.

I arrived late in the afternoon and soon I had to leave, so I did not have enough time to visit the other parts of the town but I am pleased to have discovered such a nice place nearby my school, surely I will be back again but the next time I will go there during the week because the crowd of the weekend does not allow you to explore the town well.

This was my first place visited in Guizhou province, since I got here, and the impression I had of this province was certainly positive especially for their welcoming people.

I think I will stop here for a very long time, I began to like this place...


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2nd June 2018

Beautiful photo!
How fabulous that you've started exploring you new surrounds! I had to look up 'tudou balls', they look delicious. What are your favourite dumplings? Looking forward to reading more about your adventures... safe travels :)
2nd June 2018

Beautiful photo!
Hello Ren, yes here in Guizhou the food is delicious, tudouballs (potato), baozi, dumplings (vegetables and chicken) are my favourite, noodles, huntun (ravioli like dough filled in with minced meat) are also good but here the food is very spicy so I try to get used to it even though it is not easy. I like this province and I hope to have as many positive experiences as possible. Thanks for commenting Hug Marcos
2nd June 2018

Qingyan Ancient Town
So you are teaching in a Guizhou school are you Marcos? If so, the friendliness of the people will become part of your soul. What are you teaching? When we were travelling China a lot we often talked of teaching English in China but for us it was only a dream. What a delight you have been able to live the dream. May your Mandarin prosper.
2nd June 2018

Qingyan Ancient Town
Hello Dave, well I am studying Chinese in Guizhou University and I take some jobs when I find something.recently I worked a bit in a restaurant,because if you have experience in Italian restaurant you are more than welcome but the problem is the visa, it is hard to get a work visa but I like here and it is worth of trying hard. Thanks for the comment Dave always appreciate. Keep well Byebye
2nd June 2018

I love bao in all its forms
I'm yet to meet a bao I haven't loved! Thanks for describing the food... I'm so envious that you now live in the land of some of the best dumplings in the world :) Hope you'll add some food photos in future blogs. Take care Marcos x
4th June 2018

I love how in all its forms
Yes I love food here in Asia!! Well I do not take pictures of the food normally but I will try to get used to it Ren. Thanks Bye
2nd June 2018

Small towns and villages
Why is it that the most amazing things seem to be up hill? This sounds like a marvelous part of China. We will take notes from your blog for our future travels. Love the architecture and the faces of the locals. We may need a couple of food photos.
4th June 2018

Small towns and villages
Well, uphill is always better, because from the top you have a different view of the world. I normally do not take photos of the food but from now on I will try Sir... Thanks Bye
4th June 2018

Small towns and villages
Well, uphill is always better, because from the top you have a different view of the world. I normally do not take photos of the food but from now on I will try Sir... Thanks Bye

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