The Old Street of Nan-Zhuang ~ Part Deux
After the disappointing lunch, we headed toward the old street. Even though the plan was to head towards it, we weren’t sure where it was. Therefore, we followed the people (good plan, no?). Before we even made it to the old street, we stopped for shaved ice and cold coffee. Man, it was seriously hot. I think I got a decent tan from that trip.
And then we made it onto the old street. Although, we weren’t sure if it was the old street because its proper name was Sweet Osmanthus Alley (桂花巷). But it was packed with people and was lined with lots of stores, so we assumed either way, this was a popular location. It was pretty tiny, though, space-wise and length-of-alley-wise. We’ve visited other old streets, like the one in Jiu Fen (九份), which were way longer and much more impressive, so we were pretty disappointed in this one. Most of the stores were food stuffs, selling specialty items from the area, but we weren’t too into most of them. Also, the popular stalls had super long lines or huge crowds in front, and we were all too hot to patiently wait.
I think the trip could be summed up with two words: hot & disappointed. But at least it gave me a chance to tan and take pictures, which is always a good thing. Don’t think Nan Zhuang will be on our list of places to go again, but now at least we know.