Fleeing the Snow
Trip Start Oct 24, 2005
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Once we were checked in, we hit the streets to explore the city. Jianshui is a small (especially by Chinese standards) city, known for its traditional architecture and as the home of the third largest Confucian temple in China
We had a nice, wallet-friendly veggie feast at the Old Town Café (donning the sign "Old Down Cafe") and then attempted to find our way back to our hotel. During our meandering, we had our first pink light sighting. In China, there isn't a red-light district, but there's a pink one. The pink-light district is full of storefronts which pose as beauty parlor by day and "massage parlor" by night. And in Jianshui, it seemed to be a pretty common operation. We hadn't seen the pink lights until this point (interestingly, just after I read about them in the latest Amy Tan book), but they would continue to appear throughout the rest of our time in China (always near our hotel...).
After about an hour and a half and lots of aimless wandering, we made it. We cozied up, watched a few tv shows we'd downloaded (Grey's Anatomy and Veronica Mars, if you're interested), and hit the hay. The next day we had plans to head up into the mountains.