Wupeng Boat, "Tai Men"
28.09.2010 27 °C
After two hours on the train from Shanghai, we got to Shaoxing as scheduled. Taking a breath of fresh air, I was cheered up from the tiredness of taking trains. And what made me even more excited was the lovely boat going through the waters of the town. It was called Wupeng Boat by local people. "Wupeng" means black cover. The small boat can hold only three people. Luckily, I have one friend with me, so no one will be left alone on another boat.
Do you know what "Tai Men" means? Although "Men" in Chinese means door or gate, "Tai Men" actually have nothing to do with it. The picture below is one of the three "Tai Men"s I have visited in Shaoxing---Family Zhou's "Tai Men"
See? This picture shows that "Tai Men" seems to be a well-decorated hall. The large white board hanged up is inscribed with Chinese charactors "De Shou Tang". "De" means virtue, "Shou" means long life span. "De Shou" means that people with good virtue will be gifted best wishes and longer life span. "Tang" means hall.
In the past, this hall is functioned to welcome guests, hold wedding ceremony or funerals. It is said to be one of the best preserved of Qing Dynasty in Shaoxing.