Travel Blogs from Zhangzhou
I'm just looking back on some of the fun moments of this trip through China. It has been a wonderful and exciting journey. It has been tough at times, for China can be an unforgiving country. It has also been sweet, innocent and an overwhelming feeling of home. The people I have met along the way on this, my 10th trip have been filled with humour, understanding and hospitality.
... city with a youthful vibe and energy.
Today I got up early and took a ferry out to Gulangyu to beat the crowds and the heat. The island, known also as, Piano Island, has no cars or motor bikes. A very welcome change. The estates, clubs, homes and tennis courts here were the playground of the rich and senior government staff from embassies. It is said each house had a piano, hence the name. Now the pianos are all together in a ...
... for missile silos back in the cold war days!
Nothing could be further from the truth!
These houses, some dating back to the 12th century, others as late as the 1960s, are ingeniously simple, sturdy and communal. There is a well in the middle, but today the wells are the paddling ponds for small turtles, good luck coins and other uses since water, electricity, and yes, the internet has come to improve round house living in this part ...
... Geng. Geng was born here but made his fortune in rubber in Singapore. At the time, he felt the people of this area needed a central education facility.
I will only be here this one night before a bit of travel tomorrow to live in the round houses of the Hakka ethnic minority. The round houses, as you will see, were mistaken by the USA, back in the Cold War days, as missile silos!
It has been a long travel day. Tomorrow I shall have more to ...
... wouldnt mind doing something like that again in the future" - Gregor
"Today I spent the day with 2 Chinese students. They first took me to a library which bored me but they then took me shopping. I went back to Jasmine's house where her mum taught me how to make dumplings. They were very tasty. It was quite a challenge though as her parents spoke no English. We then travelled from island to island, to ...
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