|The town of Shuiyu is surrounded by grassy mountains. (CRIENGLISH.com/William wang)|
Shuiyu is one of those towns that is wonderful to visit precisely because it's not much of a tourist destination. Not only will Starbucks be 110 percent absent, but you'll be hard-pressed to find lodging or even a restaurant.
A few historical sites such as Yangjia Dayuan (a Qing Dynasty courtyard home) do exist, but such destinations might be hard to track down. The gravelly voice of one local cab driver insisted, "If there was a Niang Niang Temple around here, I'd have heard of it!"