Traveling in CHINA Since 1985 by Robert Glenn Ketchum
During the reign of Mao (1949-1976), China was a closed country. China in the 1980’s was 80% rural, with no outside visitors, particularly from the West. When China opened to travelers, the Chinese government placed severe limitations on who was allowed to enter the country. Earthwatch was one organization that allowed foreigners to visit China without going through too much red-tape. These photographs are a first glimpse into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Traveling in China Since 1985, #127
CHINA #127: Our drive wound into a small town with busy streets, and somewhere along the main road we pulled over to visit the home of an historic figure of wealth. At this time, the house and gardens were preserved as a museum and could be visited by the public. Known as the #ZhuangyanMansion, it was built during the #MingDynasty (1368-1644) by a wealthy merchant and trader who constructed a spectacular compound for his family. The home was a maze of decorous rooms, often detailed with intricate carvings in the woodwork. Because of his wealth, the home was also replete with secret places to stash the family's most valuable items. It also had an escape passage to the shore of the lake where boats awaited. When I asked who the enemies might be, I was told there were “pirates” on the lake that went about looting towns and villages.
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