On our last day, after exhausting all the nests in the village, we walked down the road to another village we’d seen across the lake. This turned out to be a newly built tourist attraction: a cobbled street, lined with storefronts built in the traditional Chinese style: swooping black eaves, pagoda-style roofs, and a Buddhist temple. But the stores were empty, and the only people we met were those working in small convenience shops and selling fresh meat. Still, we’ve run into quite a few of these old-style places now, mostly packed with tourists- it makes sense that more would be built. It seems that somewhere in China’s rush to tear down the old, there remains some nostalgia for the past.
note: despite all the construction, the internet is often painfully slow, at least for English websites, and Google barely works at all- hence the delays in blog posts. Sorry!