First of all, Huaqiao is an entire city that’s off the beaten path. It’s an economic development zone right outside the Shanghai boarder. It’s a city within a city and it’s more like a village with high-rise residential buildings anyway.

The central areas of Huaqiao are modern with plenty of fancy restaurants. The main street is busy with cars, e-bikes and people rushing about their business. Just parallel to the busy, lined-with-skyscrapers street, is a farming wonderland where people live physically harder but in a way more relaxed and rewarding lives!

I found this place by accident while searching for a long-cut on my way to Kang Chiao International School.

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Half of these streets don’t even exist on Google maps.

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The houses here are fascinating. Huge, colorful and with a strange hybrid architecture.

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Farming can be beautifully messy!

The first time I got lost here, I didn’t have my DSLR. So I came back on the weekend and this time, we traveled in style!

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It’s not even a motorcycle… it’s electric. But it still makes us look cool!

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We just loved this mysterious door that didn’t even close…

Back to the beautiful buildings…

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Did you know that the norm in China is living with your entire extended family? That’s why the houses are so big.

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It is generally really cold inside these houses during winter time since there is no central heating. This makes drying laundry really hard! That’s why a bit of sunshine is the best way to dry everything.

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This is a Buddhist style shrine!

It’s not all sunshine and roses 😦

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But the houses are SOOOOO interesting and beautiful!

After the crops are harvested, they are transported using these electric vehicles…

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Then the food ends up in markets like these.

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Don’t let the spiderwebs scare you away. There may be no health regulations but the locals shop here. Everything is home-grown, fresh and delicious. We’ve even bought meat at markets like this and we’ve never gotten sick!

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Thanks for reading (and picture looking). Feel free to leave comments below!

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