Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Chao Zhou Old City 潮州古城 02: Memorial Arch St 牌坊街

right after KaiYuan Temple 開元寺

moving on to Paifang Street 牌坊街

2015.12.23 Chao Zhou

 

the busy street right outside

leading to the city gate and bridge

潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street

 

like any other tourist attractions around

80% of the stores are

selling tourist offerings

like I doubt the local will

come all the way here to buy or eat

潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street

 

especially pickled fruits

70% of the shops are selling those

those are not too bad

if you enjoy

pickled plum, pickled olive

that sort of Chinese candies

潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street

 

the hustle and bustle

fades away as you walk

further away from the junction

like considered really quiet

given it was a Saturday

this is you know a bit rare

and the city centre outside

is a totally opposite scene

all I can say is

this is an old city, alright

but pretty newly-developed

in terms of tourism

潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street

 

these arches are built

in commeration of scholars

who did well in national exams

across different eras

潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch StreetP1310057潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street

 

the other side of the road

leading towards the city gate & bridge

P1310170潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street

 

the smaller lanes which

mainly consist of private residences

潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street潮州牌坊街 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street

 

and one of the lanes

or you would prefer to call it a hutong

consisting of well preserved old houses

at least from the outside

Jiadi Lane 甲地巷

潮州牌坊街 - 甲地巷 Chaozhou Memorial Arch Street - Jiadi Lane

 

Chao Zhou Old City 潮州古城 series

0.5: In/Out ChaoZhou 出入潮州

01: Kai Yuan Temple 開元寺

02: Memorial Arch St 牌坊街

03: Jiadi Lane 甲地巷

04: Huang Ancestral Hall 已略黃公祠

05: Guangji Gate & Bridge 廣濟門.橋

06: CZ Embroidery-CZ Museum 潮繡-潮州博物館

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