Photographs from Xitang in Zhejiang province, China.
Xitang was a trading/market town serviced by canals.
Most of the town has been restored but still manages to have a bustling atmosphere.
The streets are narrow and crowded as befits such a place.
You can rent costumes to take a commemorative picture; as well as become a tourist exhibit yourself.
It is nice to stop for a break and something to eat away from the crowds.
I also visited another old river trading town called Nanxun, famous for producing silk. While it was more economically important than Xitang, the wider streets and higher walls contributed to an atmosphere of an open air museum.
Chinese Ramen, different from that served in Japan, but still quite tasty.
A Taoist temple.
Cormorants: once used for fishing, I think these were mostly for show.