Wūzhèn, China — Ancient Water Town

Wūzhèn canal shops

We had  two  weeks to be tourists in China between the end of our spring ZAFU term and the intense summer session, so Barry and I  jumped on the  direct bus from Lin’an to the Shànghǎi South Bus Station.   The trip was fast.  Our bus passed everything– including an ambulance– on the wide, mainly empty highway.

Wūzhèn canal

Our UHMC friends picked us up at the station, and we headed directly to Wūzhèn–a reconstructed water town with a 1200 year old history.

Wūzhèn- water town
Jan and Cathy at the indigo cloth – drying racks.

Wūzhèn is famous for its canals and for its indigo cloth.

Boats and waterways
White and black–the color of calligraphy, the color of scholars
Early calligraphy practice
“Calligraphy” that we can read– created with water and brushes
Wūzhèn ancient library
Bridal bed
A scholar’s study
Barry and Randall at a canal-front restaurant
Jan, Lenore, and Cathy in Wuzhen
Wūzhèn walkway
The Wūzhèn Foot Binding Museum is particularly interesting.  

Graph showing the "popularity" of foot binding by years for about 2,000,000 Chinese girls--from the Wūzhèn Foot Binding Museum (see my earlier post)

                                        Cathy and Barry
We spend a rainy but wonderful day in Wūzhèn.  Think about coming  here too.
 Zài Jiàn and Aloha, Renée
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About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

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