better days In a 2009 photo, a shopkeeper in the 水井坊 Shuijingfang area of Chengdu closes her eyes, maybe remembering other times. The shop, along with about 90% of the ancient neighborhood, is now gone.
narrow lane of old houses, near 文殊坊 Wenshufang, Chengdu
金沙庵大殿 Jinsha Nunnery, Chengdu, just before New Year
“8-6-1-3-13-11;” like numbered pieces of a puzzle, these weathered boards were used to close off the entrance to a storefront after hours. I’m re-publishing some of my older photos to pay tribute to the now-vanished Shuijingfang neighborhood of Chengdu. I’ll try to make it back there soon for some post-mortem photos of the rubble.
A corner in the 水井坊 Shuijingfang area, now destroyed. This photo was taken about two years ago; the last time I visited the area, the ancient neighborhood had been flattened.