At the northern edge of the ancient town of Zhujiajiao, on Xijing Street, we found Kehzi Yuan (Kehzi Gardens). These gardens date back to 1912.
A wishing well (Blurry hand as a result of me throwing a coin into the “well”)
I wonder if he says “Nihao” instead of “hello”?
The garden consists of three parts – the main hall, the garden and an artificial hill area. The most iconic landmark of the garden is a five story building with a pavilion on it’s roof – the tallest structure in Zhujiajiao.
You can buy fish food here – “Honor System”: You simple place one yuan in the plastic bottle and then take one pack of food. Wow, it’s good to know that some places are still as simple as this, and that there are systems are built on trust.
Feeding the fish ~ It’s more fun than you think!
These were some Big Fish!
The gardens were very peaceful. It was hard to imagine that all the crowds were only one street away!
Stairs, Pagodas, Rock tunnels
… even caves. There were many areas to explore!
Above Right, The Night Bends Bridge: Apparently evil spirits cannot turn corners, so when you are on this bridge, you are safe! Evidently, Justin was on the bridge when he took this photo… so he was safe too! Phew!
These gardens took 15 years to construct! The wars and revolutions of the following half century brought much destruction to the garden and it’s buildings. Only in 1986 did the garden become a protected structure, and renovations to return it to it’s original style was started.
Posing and being silly
With all the freedom and lack of crowds, we were free to play around and enjoy the sights without having to wait for a clearing to take a picture. We made the most of this by spending plenty time exploring the gardens, and even taking a few silly photos.
PEACE AND TRANQUILITY!
We loved these gardens!