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... of English. I have held so many children I have lost count, and I have posed with a toothless grinning woman well into her 90's that I had to hold her up for fear she may fall over!
I love coming to this country. It is vast. It is raw. It is unpredictable. It is unnerving. It is also one of the warmest places one can visit.
A few photos of some of those moments...
... with its tall modern buildings and busy traffic a very hazy kilometre away.
There is an art & design campus as well as a music campus located here - part of Xiamen University. I went in search of the art & design campus. Most impressive and welcoming.
Tonight, actually in 5 hours, I will be on an old style train on my way to Beijing. So this may be my last posting for a little while if the train has no WIFI.
Historic Yongding County is exactly the sort of thing I wanted to see in China; rural, cultural and with a bit of a novelty factor. The rolling hills and farmlands in the Fuijian back-country make a stunning backdrop for some of Chinas most unusual architecture. In order to keep themselves safe from bandits and wild animals the Hakka people of this region built tulou (Roundhouses). Huge packed earth structures that more resemble giant fortresses or castles than homes. They employ ...
My first destination in real China was YongDing to look at the ancient Tulou houses of the Hakka people.
It took my about 8 hours by train to get there, and as I was unfamiliar with the train system, I ended up with a "standing ticket," which is exactly what it sounds like. Standing. 8 hours. "Bring it on," I thought, until of course 3 hours passed by and I realized it was going to be a very long night.
... floor for storage and then the upper level for sleeping, these houses were built to keep safe from bandits, even up to the 1950's when the cultural revolution was in full force in China. Was really facinating seeing the buildings and in a few years time it will be a huge tourist attraction judging by all the building works going ...
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