宜桥村 Yíqiáo return

By the time we visited Yíqiáo Village on the competition site selection trip I had already decided on Shuāngxī. These photos show where my eye strayed during a walk around while I waited. Sorting through them I’m reminded how thrilling it was to find the most ordinary, everyday objects of the villagers’ lives interesting.

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Communist era communal hall, re-purposed for storage and small industrial operations

P1390236    P1390235L Heavy stone foundation, old brick, rammed earth and chrome railing (as one does). R In the foreground are the large, shallow baskets used for drying tea and other vegetables, or for laying out mulberry for silk worms. They’re being used as screens.

 

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The brick side walls with a wood front that steps out on the second level remains one of my favorite Chinese building types

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Out of all the Zhejiang villages’ woodworking, Yíqiáo’s (especially seen in brackets like this one) stood out the most

P1390265P1390271P1390338    P1390385L Tomb with recent flowers. R New stone railings for village pond, overgrown with algae.

 

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Skull

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View west from village’s eastern hills

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