If you want to see the streets in the ancient city of kashgar, visit hotan. Tuancheng is a typical traditional folk street in southern xinjiang. Formerly a flower and bird market in hotan, the decrepit house is considered a shantytown by locals, who live here selling pigeon and poultry, hence the name “pigeon alley”.
Walking in tuancheng, you can not help but be attracted by this unique southern xinjiang traditional dwellings. Under the blue sky, the buildings here are dominated by yellow, which is very western style. It was as if the thousand-year old city of kashgar was right in front of me, and I couldn’t help flashing images of ancient Moroccan architecture in my mind.
I must have come to hotan just after my trip to Morocco. Facing such a group city, I was always in a trance. A friend asked me, “is this like Morocco?” I am a leng, at first glance, is some similar. But how can Morocco compare with the ancient silk road and han and tang cultures?
Here, we can hear melodious southern xinjiang music, which is a kind of central plains can not experience or feel the amorous feelings, only come here, standing in such a cultural environment, can deeply feel the ancient melody played by the musicians. Nowadays, “pigeon alley”, once dirty and poor, has become a national AAA tourist attraction, with a neat array of distinctive ethnic buildings, shops on both sides of which are full of all kinds of shops, handicraft works, traditional folk customs and so on. & have spent
Under the reform and innovation, many ancient buildings have not only protected the historical inheritance and improved people’s living environment, but also promoted social development and urban taste. This is one of the most typical historical blocks of traditional folk customs in southern xinjiang, reflecting the harmony between human beings and nature in the desert oasis. The silent architecture alone leaves us with endless language.
Watching the locals sitting in front of their houses, drinking tea in the sun and children playing around, it is hard to imagine what kind of shanty town it was before the old city was renewed. On some of the buildings that have been transformed, there are pictures of them before and after the transformation.
Many old residents are quite enthusiastic when they see foreign tourists. They not only invite us to visit their courtyard, but also invite us to sit down and eat tea and cakes. Walk into a be made inn (yi jia) in the ancient folk house, can not help at the moment a light. With stunning color combinations, the fine carvings are impressive. The sculpture of hotan has a long history, which can be proved by the discovery and excavation of many historical sites along the silk road.
Each side of the corridor has elegant demeanor, the end of the corridor seems to be another cave. The residential buildings in southern xinjiang are very distinctive. What impressed me most is that people here love and match colors. They are always sunny and natural.
The sun shines through the grape trellishes and falls between the brick walls and the plants. The warmth of the food on the table is hard to leave. Such a picture too teach a person to like, do not whitewash painstakingly, show the pursuit to the life of tian person more instead. Just as we were leaving after our visit, the owner of the house made us sit down at any rate to drink some tea and eat some cakes, which were all made by themselves and tasted traditional and different from those sold outside.
After a wonderful afternoon tea, we continued to stroll around the town. Located in the center of the city, covering an area of 83 hectares, tuancheng is not only a good place for locals to take a leisurely walk, but also a good place for non-local tourists to experience and explore the folk customs of southern xinjiang. Here, the streets are smooth and clean, the buildings are orderly, and it is also a very suitable for street photography card resort oh.
Walking here, you will find that the high-rise buildings you see on a daily basis, no matter how prosperous, how modern and fashionable, but suddenly pale in comparison with here. Although the building is not high, but the national customs and charm is difficult to resist. In modern civilization, tradition seems so precious and rare.
Between narrow and long lane, yellow wall, green plant, carve, brick and stone, people tries to decorate it in the most natural way.
Although this is a piece of historical district that has grown up again, it still leaves a deep impression on me. Traditional dwellings also retain their traditions when they are imported into the new blood. Here, we can find the history and culture of hotan and people’s living habits through doors and Windows, sculpture, color, construction and so on.
The history of China’s residential buildings is rich and colorful due to different regions, cultures, environments, ethnic beliefs, etc., which also results in various architectural styles of Chinese residential buildings with their own characteristics. The big aspect is that the south is gentle and delicate, and the north is rough and atmospheric, but deep into it, the south and the north still have more branches respectively. Just like xinjiang, southern xinjiang is obviously different from northern xinjiang in architecture. Through the tuancheng historical district of hotan, we can see the folk dwellings in southern xinjiang.
Southern xinjiang local-style dwelling houses building usually in outdoor activities as the center, if the original home of the locals in more conventional, their house almost has an independent courtyard, is the typical “the arab-israeli prosperous” type, “aksai” type of houses, yard location in the middle, ring around to take verandah houses, formed the introversion of house style. In the decoration is also light outside and heavy interior. Verandah, ceiling, doors and Windows, multi-purpose wood carving, decorated with caisson and colorful paintings. The decoration technique is exquisite, the content is rich.
In addition, while retaining the traditional meaning, the buildings here also reflect the characteristics of the multi-storey residential buildings in the city. The second and third floors are usually converted into inns or homestays, providing accommodation for tourists to eat and drink, but also to allow outsiders to feel more deeply the history and customs of hotan.
Before the reconstruction of tuanchuan city, although it is a shanty town, it is also a flower and bird market, mainly selling pigeons and poultry. Therefore, the modified group city also retains this feature, and visitors can interact with pigeons while wandering around the group city. Didn’t Tony leung just fly off to Paris to feed the pigeons? Then we have leisure to and tian play with pigeons.
At the same time, there are many small shops with southern xinjiang flavor, which not only attract tourists, but also attract local people to taste. There are a lot of food snack shops in the streets and alleys of this group city. Tourists can enjoy the customs of xinjiang while looking for special delicious, the local baked bun must not miss oh.