Laitan Ancient Town

Madhu:

This post about our visit to one of the ten most beautiful ancient walled towns in China, was one of my earliest posts, that I felt merited another look :-)

So here it is, reincarnated as my interpretation of Frizztext’s Story Challenge Letter L! I have added a gallery of new images for those of you who have already read this. Hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed walking through this exquisite town.

Until next time….happy travels, no matter where life takes you!

Originally posted on The Urge To Wander:

When we travel we try to seek out unique experiences outside the loop of standard tourist itineraries. A tough ask with our limited schedules, but we have been fortunate enough to have managed a few detours to some places less trodden.
On our trip to the Middle Kingdom, one such detour led us to the Chongqing region with its proximity to spectacular natural world heritage sites, rock carvings and ancient walled towns.  Of all the amazing places we explored from here, Laitan – considered one of the 10 most beautiful ancient towns in China – was undoubtedly the highlight of our entire trip!

The walled town of Laitan is 28 kilometers from Hechuan City in Chongqing Municipality. Originally constructed during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907AD) it was rebuilt during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Unlike the ‘disneyfied’ old towns within the larger Chinese cities, this one seemed real and quite untouched by…

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