Meantime, I was sharing my lunch with a friendly dog, feeding it rice crackers by hand to its mouth; no bites.
Travel Advice for Xinye Ancient Village
GETTING THERE: Take the bus from Hangzhou West Bus Station (杭州汽车西站) directly to Jiande (建德). Buses depart every 30 minutes. Then take a taxi to Jiande South Bus Station (建德汽车南站) and get a county bus directly to the Xinye village (新叶村).
OR AS I DID: get off at the Daci Rock Hanging Monastery turn-off and visit that too (allow a few hours extra). Later walk or get a bus (gold colored) to Daciyan town (about 3km).
ACCOMMODATION: Stay overnight in the good simple hotel (on main road but no English sign; ask around).
Opposite there’s a small, decent restaurant.
On the next street (very first – left) is the direction out towards Xinye and on that corner is a street stall with fried dumplings – great for breakfast.
Walk a pleasant 6 km thru the countryside to Xinye. There’s also a couple of guesthouses there.
TRAVEL TIP: English is not spoken here.
I don’t speak Chinese so have these Mandarin names on your smartphone. Or show a photo of the village – you’ll find the way via this method easily, I did.
[ * Information via Wikipedia & local tourist office ]