|Old ruins scattered throughout Lingshui, provide fodder for photographers and painters alike. (CRIENGLISH.com/William Wang)|
Beijing's Mentougou District, is full of sites to visit, but Lingshui is definitely the historic highlight of the bunch. This small town is about a thousand years old, and the heady scent of history permeates its plastered rock walls, generations-old homes, and massive ancient trees.
Quaint homes have been built and rebuilt over the centuries, so there is definitely a little bit of shiny new to contrast against the crumbling ruins, but Lingshui has certainly done well to pay respects to its own history.
The mountain-encircled town is particularly renowned for having produced intellectuals. Counter-intuitively, this humble farm village somehow managed to produce 22 scholars, before the end of Imperial China. Today, the homes where said scholars came from are indicated by plaques.