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... and I saw plenty people fishing. I also went to a lake and fed swans. I also had fabby chocolate cake! I was nervous at first about going but I enjoyed it a lot. I also got to dress up in traditional dress which made me feel like Mulan." - Sophie
"Today we each got paired with a Chinese student to spend the day with. My partner was Wu Ji. We went to his house in the suburbs we watched TV and listened to music. Later ...
... to Pizza Hut keeping the group waiting (AND they didnt even bring us any! Whats that about!) After some grovelling, all is again rosy in the camp! Last night we were treated to a very posh dinner by Madame Chen, Vice Principal at shaungshi Junior school and one time visitor to Bo'ness. She was a wonderful host and our kids ate well, one of the best meals so far! Lastly to sign off this update - I have now been mistaken for a pupil a grand total of 11 times. Cue the laughter...." - Mr McF
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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