Runaway Photo: Pingle Ancient Town, Sichuan, China

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Runaway Photo: Pingle Ancient Town, Sichuan, China

Photos from Pingle Ancient Town

As a part of Tea-horse Ancient Road, Pingle ancient town (平乐古镇) was an important town on the ancient South Sichuan Road and South Silk Road since more than 2000 years ago. This peaceful riverside town is a popular destination to Chinese artists and painters. Beautiful scenery that made by old bridges above the river, dancing willow trees and bamboo sea, people playing majang and families on holidays… Pingle ancient town is a popular weekend getaway place for the locals.

Teahouse, that was what got us to Pingle. This ancient town has one of the finest teahouses in the entire China (teahouses are centered in Sichuan area) for its riverside view and laid back atmosphere. We tried to visit some of the best teahouses in the area that were listed on  Lonely Planet China Guide. We tried more than a half of them, and Pingle was quite a success. I enjoyed the peaceful time drinking the flower tea I accidentally ordered instead of green tea, whilst looking at the water flowing and willow tree dancing. It was a good place to see the world go by. It’s amazing how different the lifestyles are in the same country. Some are having the world’s longest working hours, but some are playing majang and drinking tea all day in the teahouses.

There are plenty of teahouses across the river, where you can also board bamboo boats or wander away from the water for a rural stroll in the untouristy surroundings. It’s a very popular destination to Chinese locals on the weekends, but you can easily avoid the crowd by walking along the river. There are also quite diverse eateries in town, don’t forget to try the local specialty, pumpkin bread and corn bread.

Pingle is 65km away from Chengdu city, and easily reachable by the daily buses from Chengdu.

 

Pingle ancient town - riverside

Pingle ancient town. Its picturesque riverside

Pingle ancient town

There are a lot of teahouses in Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town - Majang

Playing majang at the teahouse

Pingle ancient town - tea house

Relaxing.

Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town - pumpkin bread

Pingle ancient town’s specialty: pumpkin bread

Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town - pumpkin bread

Pumpkin bread in Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town - river side tea house

Teahouses in the riverside of Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town

Old bridge in Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town - an old man smoking

Very typical Chinese grandpa

Pingle ancient town - cherry blossom

Spring in Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town - people

Chinese people enjoying spring in Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town

Small market at Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town

Ancient bridge in Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town - riverside

Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town - clothe shopping

Cloth shopping at Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town - hot pot

Eating hot pot in Pingle ancient town

Pingle ancient town  - hot pot

Sichuanese hot pot in Pingle ancient town

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

5 Comments

  1. JRinAsia says:

    Mmm…the pumpkin bread looks great! It’s good to see that history is being actively preserved in China. I think it’s such a shame when beautiful places with so much experience and spirit are lost to the concrete jungle. Thanks for sharing with us this encouraging post!

  2. Rhyss says:

    Beautiful photos. I can feel some sense of peacefulness and calmness in them. It must be exciting to find quite a number of teahouses in this place alone.

  3. Mike says:

    Great Photos! I like!

  4. Stephen says:

    Juno, did you do this as a daytrip from Chengdu or stay overnight in Pingle? Which would you recommend?

    • Juno Kim says:

      Hey Stephen, we took a day trip from Chengdu. It was quite busy because it was during a weekend, so it was good not to stay over. You could probably do everything in one day – it’s a small town. What are you doing there?

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