After yesterday’s tough ride, touring by foot held a lot of appeal. Built over 100 year ago and owned by the same family, the Zhu Family Garden Hotel is a tourist attraction in itself. A banyan tree is the focal point for a plaza adjacent to the outdoor bar.
A temple to Confucius, who lived in 600 BC, was built in 1285. We strolled by the meditation pool, filled with huge water lilies. Young and old appreciated the tranquility of the place. A group of giggling Chinese girls, who only yesterday had taken their graduation exams, wanted pictures with us. I photographed them with the ancient chimes as a backdrop. After quite a walk, we reached the inner temple.
A stroll down the street filled with bustling shops and colorful trees took us to the nail place. A hairdresser directed me to a lingerie shop to get my nails done. The proprietor sat me down at the check out counter. She painted detailed flowers on all ten of my fingernails – total cost $2.50. Larry waited on a chair surrounded by frilly bras and panties. A tough job but someone had to do it!
Capitalism is in full force here. We passed the first sign shop of the trip. Being my former business, I’m always intrigued to see what equipment and supplies are being used. Unfortunately, no 3M boxes were obvious.
A modern grocery store found us strolling through the frozen food department. Instead of sealed packages of french fries, chicken nuggets, etc, large bags sat open in the freezer for consumers to scoop out their desired quantity.
We had passed a large Mosque yesterday. Today we saw several veiled women including this shop keeper. When we asked her for beer, she opened the cooler, pushed aside some soft drinks and pulled out two beers that had been hiding behind them. Even the Muslims here are capitalistic.
To end our great day, we headed back to the Zhu Family Garden via the parking lot. This young boy stood proudly near his father, the security guard controlling access to our bikes. While we have been playing tourist, Jeff has been busy. The handlebars are welded, most key components are working, and yards of duct tape have Mick’s now “Street Warrior” BMW ready to see action tomorrow.
9-Jun Jianshui China Rest Day
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