Zhujiajiao – An ancient water town situated north of center city Shanghai between lakes and mountains, known as Shanghai’s Venice. The July sun was very harsh, and the locusts were very active. I slowly walked under the shade of the trees, upon the stone arched bridge built for the residents of the Ming and Qing Dynasty, 1368-1911.
The intricately carved wood arches, large ceramic vases and beautiful courtyards are the aesthetics of Ma Wenquin and the artisans of the Kezhi Garden.
Locals wash their clothes and kitchen wares in the midday sun and boatman row in a meditative rocking motion under the bridges of wood, stone and marble. The worn corners of the grey stone walkways, weathered clay tiled roofs and red colored wood are indicative of the narratives that resonate throughout the town.
pronounced (chujajoe) – 21st technology is slowly penetrating the inner circle of 14 century twons, as I observe locals attached to their smartphones. I still leave with images and scents unfamiliar to the senses with an adante rhythm of this amazing water-town.