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Published: January 24th 2010
CHAPTER 18-MORE SHAOXING
The much bigger and more interesting city of Shaoxing is a pleasant diversion on my few months here. It is relatively modern, but not too crowded and semi touristy but mostly famous for the locals than international travelers. The main city centre is about a square kilometer surrounded by a circular canal (sort of like a ‘mote’), with other canals criss-crossing the city. It is one of China’s famous ‘water towns’ and is very easy to walk around. (I no longer get lost here…. how boring). It is also famous as the birthplace of one of China’s most famous writers-Lu Xun. I now often walk past and thru his house on the way to somewhere else. There are also many photos in this blog of his home
This main city mote passes thru the university. The university is very pleasant with this large tree-lined canal. It is less than a kilometer walk along this canal to good local supermarket and KFC. Near my apartment is a very pleasant bridge with four towers. (I’ve probably taken too many photos of this bridge already). Also close by is a park with large pagoda/tower at top. There are
many green areas -especially along the tree -lined waterways. There are tree main hills with towers on top for good views. Altogether, not a bad place to live, with a mixture of old and new.
Also the back alleys are always interesting. The new apartments stand in rows like dominos and all look the same, but the older areas show more variety in how the people have adapted to hard times and little space. Coming from a country that has some much space, I have always found this fascinating.
Here are a few more photos one some of my walks…..
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