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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…..
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.
- Pictures from June 2012 trip to China
- More pictures from the visit to Fuzhou – 17 June 2012
- Wikipedia on Fuzhou