China has many unexpected
surprises, among which villages that have not changed their
environments or habits for centuries. Beauty is everywhere as
the village is preparing with red papers and red lanterns to
celebrate Chinese New Year.
On our way to Hangzhou, we left the highway and went to
Wu Zhan, literally Black Village, a name given
because of the black tiles on its roofs.
Wu Zhan is now sought after by outsiders and domestic
tourists that know about it. Absolutely indifferent to the
tourists, the locals continue to live their lives in this
paradise of beauty and simplicity.
An entirely self-sustained village, Wu-Zhan has remained
immune to change since its birth as a silk producing center -
one of many - that goes back to the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644)
in its present version.
The village is served by canals that allowed the silk to be
carried easily than through land. The entire village is a
master-piece of beauty, ingenuity and -- as said before -- self
sustainability as can be seen throughout the pictures.
No comments are necessary as the pictures speak for themselves.
There are no rich merchants anymore, but the Black Village