Feng Zikai's former residence takes on southern residential features, exquisite with a compact layout. (Photos By Yang Yang / China Daily)
On a rainy fall day, when the small water town of Shimen is filled with the sweet fragrance of Osmanthus flowers, it is exhilarating to take a walk in the quiet area, where famous writer, cartoonist and artist Feng Zikai once lived.
It takes 40 minutes to drive from Wuzhen to Shimen, an escape from the buzz of big cities, with almost no tourist in sight.
Walking on the Muchang Bridge is like walking into an old picture. The river connects to the Shimen bend, which is part of Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, and the houses on both banks have black roofs and white walls mottled by the humid climate.
In an article about his childhood, Feng wrote that he often went fishing on the bridge back then. Feng's residence was just on the other side of the bridge. The original Yuanyuan Hall was destroyed in 1938 when the Japanese army invaded the town. In 1985, the new structure was built according to the original design and opened to the public.