A lot of these neighborhoods have been torn down for apartment living. The government has stopped that from happening to this neighborhood. It can not be torn down, or sold. It's passed down from generation to generation. Unfortunately not many young people want to live here. Most homes do not have their own toilets. They have public ones for the families to use. This home did have toilets put in for the Olympics, knowing Westerners need more than a public restroom. ;)
The neighborhood has this beautiful lake and lots of bars/restaurants. The put comfy couches out on the sidewalk for the evening/night crowd.
I thought this was strange. A playground near a very busy road. All cement.
Lisa, our guide, was amazing. She made sure we had cold sodas with our meals. Once she found our we didn't drink alcohol or tea she would tell the servers and they wouldn't even ask. She walked us all the way through the airport as far as she could go. The entire experience was great.
If I didn't have these pictures I wouldn't believe we went. It seems so long ago. WE loved the whole experience. I'm so glad I'm now finished posting about our trip. Whew!!