In the other direction along the canal was an area described in the tourist guide as the “Old City”.
it was a neat place with a number of markets and museums in the back streets and wonderful tea houses looking over the canal.
But “Old” in Chinese terms it was not. We decided that it was probably a replica built in the first half of the 20th century. Dont know that but thats what it felt like….
For me real old is fascinating but “replica old” has a hollow feel. It made me wonder what our “rebuilt old” cathedral will be like……..