A bit of Art and History....
Trip Start Aug 17, 2010
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Instead I wandered a bit further and visited the area where the Ming Palace originally stood and ended up having a most interesting afternoon. Firstly a bit of history........
MING PALACE RUINS - Built by Hongwu, the Ming Palace is said to have been a magnificent structure after which the Imperial Palace in Běijīng was modelled. Virtually all that remains of it are five marble bridges lying side by side, known as the Five Dragon Bridges (Wǔlóng Qiáo), the old ruined Wu Gate (Wú Mén) and the enormous column bases of the palace buildings
Today the area is a park known as Wuchaomen Park which is divided in half by the roadway. On one side of the road you can see many of the enormous column bases of the original palace amongst which the locals have set up a market selling all kinds of exotic foods - some of which I could not recognise and others which I wish I couldn't recognise (such as the innards of chickens and ducks!!)
The other side of the road is where the five dragon bridges and the old ruined Wu gate can still be seen within the serenity of a peaceful park. This is also a popular park for ballroom dancing which is taken very seriouslly by the locals.
A little further along the road I found some older chinese buildings with loads of charaacter and the original military academy where I was actually allowed to take photos! I then came across this delightful gallery with a wonderful display of calligraphy and Chinese paintings
I've also been out and about with a fellow Aussie teacher as we have bargained our way through the street stalls for scarves and hats to ward off the winter cold. Plenty of laughs as I bargain verociously in Chinese and Shirl sits back and waits to see what price I can get - she is too soft hearted for the heavy bargaining :)
We plan on getting out and about together over the next week or so before I go away so hopefully I'll have more laughs and photos to share with you.
Bye for now. xx