November 2017. Having spent the afternoon hiking around the wonderful Yongjia Shu Yuan National Park, I had naturally built up quite an appetite! I could have just gone to a local hole-in-the-wall and filled up on some cheerful cheapness. But then I’d have missed out on the wondrous, four-hundred-year-old Lingshang Restaurant Village, seemingly engraved into the side of some lush green hills.
November 2017. Lingshang Restaurant Village is located deep in the heart of rural Zhejiang Province in Yongjia County and is virtually impossible to reach via public transport. Ideally you’ll need your own set of wheels and some serious GPS assistance, but in the end all your efforts will be worth it. Unlike the nearby city of Wenzhou the air is invigoratingly fresh, with many in Zhejiang province referring to Lingshang as “the natural oxygen bar”. Enter the village via this short footbridge.
November 2017. Around fifty families reside here in Lingshang Restaurant Village and they either own a restaurant, teahouse or guesthouse. So the great joy of the place is to simply wander the streets and choose a place that catches your eye.
November 2017. Although Lingshang Restaurant Village is a small and compact community, there’s actually an overwhelming range of choices on offer! Whatever the time of the year, you shouldn’t be short of a place to eat or stay.
November 2017. This woman runs a spice and herb market directly outside her restaurant. Of course she tried to cajole me inside, but to be honest her eatery was a bit of a dump and I was holding out for a joint with balcony views.
November 2017. Lingshang Restaurant Village is particularly famed for its goat and lamb dishes. A whole barbecued lamb like this one goes for around 400RMB (£45/€50/$60). The smell was incredible and for a second I was actually tempted, but ultimately couldn’t justify such an ostentatious splurge. Also, the lamb can only be bought whole and feeds up to six people. Sometimes I can be a glutton, but I’m not that ridiculous.
November 2017. In the end I settled down in a corner restaurant with a large balcony terrace. Dinner was great, a proper feast with fried stir-fried eggplant, a herby omelette and mixed rice noodles augmented by chunks of juicy pork. Damn good! If you’re in Yongjia County, don’t miss Lingshang Restaurant Village!
For more on my wanderings around Yongjia County, take a look at my article on Shu Yuan National Park.
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