|Modern Restaurant with ancient design--just outside 'China Lane'|
|Beautiful double doorways opening into private courtyards.|
|Most of the courtyard homes are now tea houses.|
|It's not just Chinatown junk--they really use these lanterns here!|
We don't know these people, and will never see them again, but they wanted a photo with the Americans! This is a daily occurrence here--we are really a unique site for most people. I don't mind obliging them, and I like their pictures, too!
There were some over-priced gift shops, but Don is holding up my favorite item.
I wish everyone in America would wear one of these shirts and wake up to what's happening in our country!!!!!!! I experienced Obamacare when I had to go to the hospital here for an eye problem---huge, long lines, overworked doctors, impatient patients....a nightmare! Anyway, back to Kuan-Zhai Lane...
|The sculpture on the right is carved from a tree trunk.|
|The dragons out front ward off the evil spirits--as does the threshold, which you must step over to get inside.|
There is a Starbucks here. I confess, we went inside and enjoyed a peppermint hot chocolate with a panini sandwich. Sometimes, you just gotta have that 'taste of home'.
I admit I have been pleasantly surprised at the beauty in art, architecture, landscaping and furniture here in China. Every day I see another place that I admire and enjoy, like Kuan-Zhai Alley.