My day trip to Fengjing ~ a small water town on the outskirts of Shanghai. Fengjing is one of the area’s ancient towns and is popular with Chinese tourists as a little day get-away.
But before entering the town central, we made an important stop….
This is my ideal bus ride snack ~~ Soymilk pudding and crust-less sandwich with egg salad filling.
My grandfather died in 2008 and I’ve never gotten the chance to properly pay respects and visit his grave in Fengjing. My two aunts took the day off to accompany me on an hour bus trip to the outskirts of the city
The area of my grandfather’s grave. The way they have it set up is that you buy the grave stone for both the husband and wife, so when my grandmother passes away in the future, there will already be a spot set aside for her ashes.
We found my great-grandmother’s grave after a long tiring search of wadding through tight dirt paths and jumping over fallen debris. She was buried by the river, near her own sister. While she died before my birth, my father always spoke of her fondly. He had lived with her until his college years, until her death, in a small room. I think it brings back sad memories for him, so he doesn’t speak of her often.
Away from the depressing grave site and into the colorful town! Fengjing reminds me of a village that doesn’t age, one that has sleep all these years and is still soaking in the warmth of the sun. Then again, Fengjing is an ancient town of more than 1500 years, its spirit of architecture and crafts still clings onto unsuspecting visitors.
I’m serious. If you want a true experience of China, instead of only heading to all the touristy locations, make a few day trips to the ancient towns. They are everything and anything I have ever wanted from a trip to China – gorgeous, stunning, aged, lasting, enchanting and most importantly dripping with culture and history.
On our way out, these cute little stacks of flower crowns were spotted!
One last look before our departure.