朱家峪 Zhūjiāyù

 

朱家峪 Zhūjiāyù

After Qīngdǎo I ambled over to the recommended 朱家峪 Zhūjiāyù, a small village east of Shandong’s provincial capital, Jinan. It has the same touristic set up as some of the other villages I’ve visited outside of my survey work: where visitors pay for entry, but for the most part locals live their lives relatively unaffected. The admission fee and government endorsement go back into the upkeep of the village’s Ming and Qing structures. Most of my rural and pre-modern China experiences had, up until that point, been more southern, so I found the similarities and dissimilarities of construction methods and typologies incredibly interesting. Another great moment was realizing I could discern the local dialect. In the north, even the regional dialects are close to standard Mandarin. Very different from the south! On the way there, the view after getting off the public, long-distance bus was absurd:

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