A friend told us to visit Luocheng Ancient Town if we visit Leshan Big Buddha and we did. It is not touristy and is the place to watch local people (mostly elderly) chat and play chinese card in teah...
The ancient town of Luocheng is not an ancient town for the locals. It is called Ship-shaped Street and the ancient town has only this street.
Ancient town street are all grandmothers and grandmothers sitting on bamboo chairs drinking tea and playing cards. I really saw this ancient town for the first time. I was shocked. I feel that my grandparents in the whole town are concentrated here. Today is not a weekend or a holiday. The locals who are casually playing cards and drinking tea at any time in the ancient town are really the typical living conditions of Sichuanese.
Luocheng The name of the ancient town is not because of the leisurely pace of life here, but because of the "boat-shaped" ancient town, overlooking from a height, like a big ship that stays on the top of the mountain, the street is the bottom of the ship. The building on both sides is the ship's side, and the theater in the middle is the cabin, so the locals call it "boat-shaped street."
If it is not a boat-shaped street, then Leshan is the ancient town of Luocheng in the northeast. It is also filled with old bamboo chairs, covered bowls of tea and opera tables, just like other foothills or the ancient town of Sichuan in the water. The old people played long cards in the teahouse and played mahjong. Wang Xingren and the Xingxing people were walking around the street... Here, you can meet a whole Sichuan, and those years that are idle and full of life and fire.
boat-shaped street has the name of liang hall. As the name suggests, the natural street is composed of the cool hall. This old street still maintains the old style. The Sichuan-style wooden structure old house constitutes this street. The sheltered courtyard shelters the street, while the streets are filled with old teahouses, grocery shops and various flying houses. The latter is the Sichuanese who have outstanding taste and prices. The nickname of the small restaurant that is close to the people and the dining environment is also very "grounded". Most of the children are old children, housewives, and the bamboo chairs that have been in the past are piled up in the corner, and there is a tea and smoke smell. The taste of fried potatoes and steamed pork is an authentic fireworks atmosphere. How many years have changed, the light and shadow are like a shuttle, Luocheng people are in the windy street where the wind can't be drunk, and they live by themselves. My own little days seem to have never changed.
This is the life of Sichuan in my mind - the rhythm of the country of Tianfu is slow and long, and there is no such thing as the rush of Beishangguang. Not the kind of savvy in Jiangsu and Zhejiang, and It is as long and leisurely as Luocheng, and the little rich is safe, leaving behind pressure and troubles.
The architectural layout of the old town of Luocheng is very special. The whole town is found on the top of the mountain, and the street house is similar to a ship. The main street of this boat-shaped ancient town is north to south, thin at both ends and spacious in the middle. The street is undulating, like a deck in the waves; the street theater is towering, like a tall sail. The Linguan Temple at the end of the street is like the cabin of a ship. There is a line of shade corridors on both sides of the street, just like a boat canopy, also known as "the boat hall street." This remaining old street still keeps the humanistic features of some old Sichuan culture in the Ming and Qing Dynasties.