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Making the most of your time in the charming town of Jinze

JINZE is famous for its scenic setting, thanks to the lakes, rivers and creeks that occupy more than a third of its area. Nineteen of 21 natural lakes in the vicinity abut the town, includ­ing Dianshan Lake, the largest and a famed resort spot.

Caibang Village, one of nine villages that comprise the town, sits lakeside, surrounded by water on three sides. The villagers there have started some homestay accommodation and meals for visitors in their houses in the last two years.

These amenities are not widely known, providing those in the know with attractive, uncrowded and relax­ing getaways that lead to repeated visits.

Another highlight of the village is called “grandma’s tea,” a Chinese ver­sion of high tea. Local elderly women have long carried on a tradition of gathering amid snacks and tea in the afternoon to chat in a verdant setting.

The Qingxi Countryside Park is also close by, built on a natural wetland alongside Dalian Lake, or Big Lotus Lake. Opened last September, it has already become a popular destination, especially for photographers.

• Recommended accommodation:

Qingxi Homestay

No. 147-148 Dalianhu Xie Zhuang, Jinze Town, near the Qingxi Countryside Park

• Recommended dining:

Wang Tao Ge restaurant

No. 9 in Caibang Village of Jinze Town

Tel: 6971-6057

Dining tip: Be sure to try the zharou, or soy sauced pork, hairy crabs, freshwater shrimp and locally grown vegetables.


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