Now the climate in the central part of China is one of moderate mild. Whilst the north curls up in a frigid freeze and the south continues to bask in relative warmth, the middle ground that is around Shanghai falls roughly in between. Yeah right. Tell us something new we hear you coo…
Perhaps it is the proximity to the sea. But most probably because of the geography too. This part of China is where the Yangtze (长江) river comes to an end, disgorging a vast amount of water into the sea along with the silt. And all around it are tributaries of water feeding it, on its relentless drive towards the ocean.
Now we all know water is life and where there is an abundance of it, human settlements gravitate towards it. There are many towns all within a drive from Shanghai, home for four years. These spawned from the communities that harvested the bounty of the land, which from period of the three kingdoms were already called the ‘land of rice and fish’. Thus they have a rich heritage spanning many hundreds of years and demonstrates the embarrassment of riches that China was in during the 16-18th centuries.
Before its exorable decline.
Today, it has survived the ravages of recent history and restored somewhat its original grandeur. Perhaps too commercialized. However still a highly recommended journey for visitors to Cathay, especially those residing in Shanghai or surrounding cities for a while.
Join us to re-live the days we spent strolling the old artsy towns of eastern China. Do you think these towns have anything to compare with their contemporaries in Europe?