Post Time: May 15 2012 By Vanessa Li
Jinli is an old Street in Chengdu that has a history of over 1,700 years. It is now a very popular and busy walking street for tourists from home and abroad. But back to the Three Kingdom Period (220-280), it was a bustling street that reputed for its brocade producing and marketing.
It is one of the top ranked tourist destinations in Chengdu, and also a very busy commercial street. On both sides of this 350-metre street there are numerous small stores selling handicrafts, antiques, and souvenirs.
Anyway, no matter when to come, you can see people, local or from afar, pacing along the street or bargaining with pedlers. All the structures in this street are modelled on late Qing Dynasty style. Walking in this street, you will see historic lanes, old official residences, vernacular dwelling, inns and shops that would bring you back to the ancient China.
Within the area, there are also hotels, restaurants, teahouses, bars and cafés. The street is very popular with both locals and tourists, especially at night.
Jinli Old Street night View
However, in the early morning, you can do enjoy a Jinli-Street-of-Your-Own. Few people, we could hardly hear another other voices but the calls of the birds and our own foot steps.
Jinli in the morning light
The elegant style of the architectures tells you what Sichuan looks like during the Qing Dynasty. Sichuan Culture is inlayed in this ancient street.
The conjoining wooden house covered by evergreen leaves
It is a stage
The narrow alley, wooden houses and lanterns
Cross this gate, you will step on another street
Mottled wooden doors with old locks
Wooden gallery bridge that connected two buildings
Blooming flowers we didn't know the name
Like a potted landscape
Restaurant beyond the pond
In the flourishing spring time we could still see the red maple leaves
The actress of the Shadow Play
It's already half past 8 in the morning, many shops in the street begain their business.
The street wakes up from a short but deep sleep.
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