What seems interesting from Yangliuqing ancient town is the amount of details rooted in buildings, where animals and mythology are meant to have a specific meaning that reaches daily life and is a reflection of the wish for prosperity and luck. The amount and level of details clearly shows how architecture is meant to be a reflect of culture and how they hoped it would stand the passing of time.
Although I had been to Yangluqing before, I had never never been to the museums. Our first stop was the Xiqing District Archives. What stood out for me was the dinosaur head and the other exhibits dredged from the earth as the canal was being built. It was remarkable to see the evidence of how this trading city evolved. I’m not sure if the Archives are open to the public but if you have the chance, the interactive exhibits of paintings and the audio recordings of Chinese phrases in the local dialect will keep you engaged. Then we proceeded to Yangliuqing Museum and Ancient Town where a rare treat was to meet an artist at work who was kind enough to give us the opportunity to create our own Yangliuqing New Year artwork. The Shi family house is a unique memory of times past. Thanks to the English-speaking guide we were able to pick out artistic details in the architecture which I had previously missed and have a richer experience of the way of life of a wealthy merchant in the Qing era. Of course no Nanskai cultural outing is complete without a visit to a restaurant to indulge in delicious food. All in all, a stimulating afternoon.