Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Chao Zhou Old City 潮州古城 03: Jiadi Lane 甲地巷

a lane interconnected to

PaiFang Street 牌坊街

2015.12.23 Chao Zhou

 

does’t really look unique from the outside

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

 

those well-preserved exterior design

from the Ching Dynasty

and as the names denote

these are not really residences of commoners

but some officers with ranks

 

“翰林”HanLin Yuan is a department in the

central government

in charge of emperor’s corresponce,

book editing, and other

cultural / academic etc related projects

most scholars who did well in exams

ended up here before they landed somewhere

hence the owner of this residence

probably were working or

previously worked in Hanlin Yuan

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

 

“半園”

literally translated as half-garden

as in half of it is Western design

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

 

“大夫第”DaFu carries two meanings

first – a rank in the officer system

second – a doctor

and this probably denotes the former

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

 

a current resident actually came out

and hanged out with us

which allowed some sneak prev

he is the 10th generation staying here

unlike the exterior

the interior was all gone

like any other current houses

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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