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China 2012 – Fuzhou – 17 June 2012

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Having arrived in China the previous day, a free day prior to the business starting the following day. My hosts took me for a day trip to the local city of Fuzhou. Fortunately I was able to retreat to the air conditioned minibus as the heat and jetlag took its toil.

Fuzhou is the capital city of Fujian Province. There were three main places we visited, two temples and an historic street.

At the entrance to the first temple complex the visitor is greeted with a lake with bridges and a statue. The pagoda of the Xichan Temple (西禅寺) is in the background.

Pagoda, Lake, Bridge and Statue at Xichan Temple, Fuzhou

Pagoda, Lake, Bridge and Statue at Xichan Temple, Fuzhou

This is a large complex and took us quite sometime to get round. Even though I had a bottle of water with me, by the time we were most of the way round I was flagging. As we walked across the bridge to return to our minibus the fish and terrapins caught me eye.

Terrapins at Xichan Temple, Fuzhou

Terrapins at Xichan Temple, Fuzhou

After lunch we headed to Bai Ta (白塔) “White Pagoda”. This on the top of Mount Yu, originally built in 905 AD to a height of 67m. However it collapsed in 1534 AD, being rebuilt in 1548 AD this time to a height of 41m.

White Pagoda in Fuzhou

White Pagoda in Fuzhou

Parts of this this temple were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, however it has now been restored.

Passing the Black Pagoda, our last port of call was Sanfang Qixiang (三坊七巷) “Three Lanes and Seven Alleys” A cluster of ancient residential buildings dating from the late Jin Dynasty.

Guide board for Sanfang Qixiang (三坊七巷) “Three Lanes and Seven Alleys” in Fuzhou

Guide board for Sanfang Qixiang (三坊七巷) “Three Lanes and Seven Alleys” in Fuzhou

The three lanes are on one side and the seven alleys on the other. At the head of each alley and lane is a descriptive board. There are also statues along the street, which visitors pose by whilst having their picture taken. On place we did visit for drinks and a snack was the local branch of Starbucks.

Starbucks Mug from Fuzhou

Starbucks Mug from Fuzhou

All too soon the tour was over and we headed back to Fuqinq. On the way out of Fuzhou to Fuqing we passed a B&Q…..

B&Q in Fuzhou

B&Q in Fuzhou

This trip also gave me an introduction to Chinese road discipline, and the various modes of transport. The linked picture album shows a few examples, however the picture as a driver, one passenger hold an umbrella and the second passenger riding side-saddle.

Three on a Moped in Fuzhou

Three on a Moped in Fuzhou

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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