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We took a Chinese tour for the 3 hour journey to visit the Hakka village at Yongding. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site. These were communal living areas (sometimes for up to 3,000 people).
We were on a packed coach full of Chinese families. We stopped off at a large supermarket selling goods made by the Tula people in the Hakkas: coffee, tea, shortbread, etc. We passed through beautiful countryside with banana plantations, and tea ...
Took a day trip by car to visit a few Tulou clusters near where I was staying. The Tulou are absolutely stunning. Self contained multi-story villages. They all had wells in the interior courtyard as well as sometimes wells in the living spaces. The first group I went to was vey peaceful because it was earlier in the morning and not the huge tourist draw. Had a great time wandering around. Then I went to see "King Tulou" the claim to fame of which is that it's ******* huge. Like really ...
... very good English and interpreted for the other two. They all thought I looked like Edward Snowden and took a few pictures to show to friends. We all agreed he did a brave thing. Apparently he's quite well known in China. We talked a bit about politics and they said China is great but with a lousy government; I said I'd like to keep my visa, thank you very much, so no comment. The one who spoke English explained that one way he ...
... fun on a trip like this : ).
For lunch we went to the Sheraton Hotel and the service was VERY SLOW. David's pizza took at least 45 minutes to come. We went to the gift shop and found Barb. They were selling real jade rings for $25, so I got one for me and one for Meg. We walked outside to the bank of the Li River. I have to say, I think that the river is Very Beautiful. We crossed the busy street once more to get back. ...
... hoping to find a room in one of Yongdings famous roundhouses which would only really be possible if I was approached rather than the other way around. For £5 I was able to stay in this huge roundhouse right in the middle of Liulian that with very few exceptions didn't seem to have been updated at all since it was first constructed. It had electricity, sort of and sometimes but that was it. My room was basic in the extreme. I had a bed a wood bench and desk like thing and that ...