Home of the Famous Billionaire of China

The home of the famous Billionaire of China, Shen Wansan (1330-1379)  is Zhouzhuang, Shanghai.   It is also the first water town in China started around 1086 AD.   This town reflects the way of life of the 14th century when stone buildings were built beside the waterways for ease of transport.  There are many stone canals and bridges in this ancient town which adds to the creation of an extraordinary scenic sight.

Legend has it.  Mr. Shen became so wealthy because he had a treasure bowl that attracted wealth.  Even the first emperor of Ming Dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang, believed and wanted it for himself.  When he didn’t get it, he confiscated Mr. Shen Wansan’s wealth and exiled him and his sons.  The treasure bowl was never found.   There are many treasure bowls around this town that claimed to be the one.  Who knows?  You could be the lucky one that finds it !!!!

Entrance to Zhouzhang
Entrance to Zhouzhang
The connecting bridge
The connecting bridge
the waterway
the waterway
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The One and Only Stinky Tofu Street in Taiwan

A view of Shenkeng old street
A view of Shenkeng old street
End building of Shenkeng old street
End building of Shenkeng old street

A  short trip on bus 660 or 666 takes you from 景美 to 深坑.  You will find a street with a huge tree guarding its entrance.  Along the street are vendors, mostly offer a different style of stinky tofu ( stinky tofu are fermented tofu).  If you like stinky tofu or are adventurous enough to try,  you will discover what a culinary delight this is.  There are also craft stores and best of all a store of hand made hard candies of various nuts, which would also be worth to explore.  After strolling down this street, and if you are still up for dinner, there is a restaurant on the next street  named 王永成.  It would be hard for you to miss it, due to the queue of people waiting to be seated for the food is fabulous and reasonably priced.  It would be wise to make a reservation upon arrival before strolling down the stinky tofu street.

Other edibles that may tickle your delight:

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Preserved Chayote (佛手)
Sweet ricd wrapped in Bamboo leaves
Sweet rice wrapped in Bamboo leaves