Elegant Architecture in Shan haiguan
We headed to Shanhaiguan on Saturday, after getting rained out on the beach at Beidaihe (further down, you can see some wet shots of the rainy beach! 🙂 ). So we arrived a bit late in the day, and enjoyed a stroll around the old part of town – within the old town walls, which still stand for most or all of the town, it seemed – before finding dinner. As you can tell from all the picutres of courtyards and little lanes I’ve been showing you, I was quite taken with this town. I found it retains a small-town charm, with little lanes and corners to discover, while also holding the excitement and elegance of being the first station on the Great Wall right at the ocean, and a very important town strategically.