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The Winter Rain
Let the winter rain kiss you.
Let the winter rain beat upon your head
with silver liquid drops.
Let the winter rain sing you a lullaby.
~ Langston Hughes
Strolling the streets, you can feel the unique lingering charm of this landscape left by
its long history. We walk through a maze of stone paths crisscrossed by bridges of
different spans built of wood, marble and stone, wooden boats lying carelessly, men
with fishing poles slung across their shoulders, and the occasional cyclist weaving his
way through children and pets playing in the dirt. The soft tones in the unfamiliar local dialect are in the background. It is a lot like Venice with its glistening canals — but in Chinese style, with red lanterns and oriental signs. Yes, we are in Oriental Venice.