Shenli Gorge and spa

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This time we are visiting Pujiang County, a relaxing place with natural spring pools and a gorge called Shenli.

Pujiang County is located in the center of Zhejiang Province, north in Jinhua, bounded by Yiwu and Lanxi to the South, beside Jiande to the west and adjacent to Zhuji to the east.

The driving distance from Ningbo city to Shenli Gorge is about two and half hours.  On the way, here is the views of Fenghua, the town belongs to Ningbo.  Fenghua is a seaside village town with rivers and mountains.  From the window, we can see lots of gardening trees as of home business.

Now we are at the Shenli Gorge.  We walked into this foggy place and walked up the bridge to a temple, and go through the forest to the river bed of the gorge.

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The map of Shenli Gorge!

We walked all up to the teahouse, then walked down through a twin road.

It was said that Pujiang has the largest selections of spring pools in the Zhejiang Province, so we went to a countryside spa, called Four Seasons.

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Here are the pictures of different types of pools.

Lavender pool!

The creek is under the upper level of flower pools.

The hotel opposite us has VIP entry to the spa and pools.  You can find lover’s pool and water beds inside another buildings.

Camelia pool!

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Constellation pools!

Green tea pool!

Chinese Herbal pools, such as Peilan, Danggui, lingzhi….all herbs are packed in a bag.  You can smell them and relax with music and hot spring.

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Camellia flower in the garden is just next to your pool!

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Warm stone beds for resting…

Coconut pool for party1. They ordered beers and noodle!

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Very hot Danggui herbal pool, just next to the coconut pool!

Enjoy the light on!

Water Lily!

More and more people come after the darkness! we have not got the time to try the Sauna yet.

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Moon Lake

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Here we are, on the street of Yingfen street, find the tablet of Moon Lake “水则碑”, where you can start to visit the “Baokuixiang Constructions 宝奎巷建筑群” , “Moon Lake 月湖“ , “Yintai Ge 银台阁”.

Along this lane, through the short bridge on the left, you can find the “Sun Hao” house, a patriot house.

Inside the Shi Hao House, we can find a commercial tea house with an open sky glass design, furnished with Chinese tea room furnitures and paintings.

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If you do enjoy in a Hutong Style, old house in the lane, you can try again here the “Jinhui” village.  Find here the old “Kui” tree, and the tea house called “Yun Ren Fang 云人坊”,  also you can visit the Himalaya Radio company opposite the tea house.  The Radio company has an open roof yard, where you may enjoy a cup of tea with broadcasting people and listen to their stories of life in Ningbo, and do remember to visit their recording rooms.

Just next to the Moon Lake Park, there is the village entrance.

Follow the lane of “Yinli 锦里巷”, find the number 3, that is the office of Himalaya Radio.

You can stay in the village for a lunch stop or photography, reading time, coffee time. There is a book store and coffee house called “枫林晚书店”. You can visit the second floor to have private meet up with friends and have a cup of tea.

The ground floor of the book store has coffee service, cabinets with lots of books and open tables.

Have fun in this village! It has maple tree, nice old style buildings and sculptures.

The main part of “Moon Lake” is the Yintai Ge 银台阁”. It may take about half an hour to visit this grand rich people’s old residence and museum.

The middle island of the Moon Lake is called “Fangcao Zhou 芳草洲”. It has a few pavilions. People come here for wedding photos and old time fashion make-up photos. We find here a squirrel, which is very scare to watch.

Also you can be educated about the Ningbo Commercial Cultural People and world Ningbo people organization map.

Gulou and Yongfeng warehouse heritage park

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Ningbo, the old harbour city in the east of China.

Gulou is a place in the middle of city for shopping in the old days.

Next to this gate, it is the Yongfeng warehouse heritage park.

Next to Gulou, we can find a timer machine in the old days.

The machine works on the water runs down every 14.24 minutes and the bell sounds 8 times automatically.

On the street of Gulou, there are lots of old restaurants, such could be as old as established on 1806. You can see a few crowds at several popular snack shops.

The most popular snack is called Youzhanzi, a kind of fried flour in a shape of rope, with savvy flavors of seaweed and the sweet sesame flavor type as well.

There are now two well known shops for selling this type of snack in Gulou now. One is called “矮粗”, another is “Nantang 南塘”. The first brand is more popular for now while the later one is really old brand, famous from main shop on the Nantang Old Village Street.

Inside and outside of Gulou, you can find lots of places to go. This time I chose to go to the Moon Lake, we will see in the next blog.

The story of Yongfeng Gate

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Here it is the river of Yao, one of the three crossing rivers in the city of Ningbo. Along this Yao River, I rode a bicycle and took photos of the Custom Office, the river banks and the bridges. From the old original means of west gate to the north gate, I walked around the Yongfeng Gate Heritage Park and the Hua Mei hospital and history museum to record the story about this part of Ningbo.

The old residences of Ningbo like to live along the Yongfeng Road, Wangjing Road and Changchun Road, all along the Yao River. I rode from the start of Yongfeng Gate on the Yongfeng Road to the start of Changchun Road, the stop go West Gate, through the middle part of Wangjing Road.

The mud digger boat works in the river and a few boat carries the sludge out. Ningbo is doing the “water cleaning” job as a project for a few years now.

The stories comes from the two sculptures located on the Yongfeng Gate Heritage Park.

A squared shaped old Ningbo city was mapped out on the floor. On one side, the workshop of knowledge comes from the story of a scholar was invited into the Ningbo city through the Yongfeng Gate. Another sculpture on the right tells the story of the third manager of Hua Mei hospital, who donated almost whole life to the hospital and died in Ningbo. His bodied were carried along the Yao River with band music and sadness of people and he was buried in the northern part of Ningbo in a foreigner’s grave area.

For the Hua Fei Hospital, it has a long story started 170 year ago when a Christian missionary built up a clinic for local people.

Here I would like to attach a picture for you to study.

S.P. Barchet is the person I was talking about. It is under the donation of American Christian, Mr. Barchet, the local rich man’s help, the new Hua Mei hospital was rebuilt using the old bricks of the Yongfeng Gate.

The following photos records the river, the custom office, the Hua Mei hospital history museum and the Yongfeng Gate Heritage Park.