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Quanzhou: Zhongshan Road N Around Town Temple Tour

Hey Hey and a Big G´Day to ya

When I woke I felt pretty excited about what I was going to get to see this day. After paying my nights accommodation I grabbed my map and decided to begin my 'Zhongshan Road and Around Town Temple Tour' at the big round a bout at the beginning of Wenlin Nan Road (down past the bus station). At the round-a-bout I took the road going right (to Xiamen) and found a little lane way. Down here I found two tiny temples marked on my map. In the second one I met the cutest old lady. She giggled and gigged and repeated the word Australia over and over again.

When I was about to leave she waddled in front of me and motioned for me to follow her. So follow I did. She then took me around the huge block and showed me to several more temples. Most didn't look like temples on the outside, in fact they either looked like houses or stores but once the door was opened you stepped into a beautiful temple. Surprise to me!

After saying goodbye to my beautifully wrinkled guide I mazed my way to the Palace of the Celestial Empress. It was built in 1196 (2nd year of the Qing Yuan Song Dynasty). The inside temple is known as the Tianhou Temple or the Historical Museum of Relationship Between Fujian and Taiwan. This is due to people leaving Fujian and moving to places like Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao and spreading the religion of Mazu. ....an hour later...the weather has taken a spat so here I sit with my cup of cheap Mc Donald´s coffee and two sticky rice cakes filled with pork. The thing I love about Mc Donald´s here in China is you can actually bring food from outside in and eat it. I thought it strange for along time but now I find myself doing it so I don't have to eat the hamburgers but I can still have a cheap coffee. I now also find myself breaking in yet another daypack. Over the past couple of days three zips broke on my old one. I tried to get it fixed but they were the water resistant zips and are too hard to replace even with a new zip. Yesterday I lost my phone/camera pack out of one of the broken zips twice and both times I had it returned to me. My little pack houses my phone MP3 headphones and my 1 gig memory stick. A real bugger for me if I lost it. After leaving the 'Empress Temple' I came across what is the same as what we call Aussie Disposals back home. Army/Camping/Travel stuff. Here I found a great little pack which is thinner and higher than my old one, meaning only one thing, a lighter more comfortable load even with the same amount of stuff inside. ...anyhow the rain has stopped and I shall continue...

The next stop on the 'Zhongshan Road and Around Town Temple Tour' was the plain and simple temple called the 'Fuwen Temple'. Found in a little square between Zhongshan Road and Nanjun Road. Costs 3 Yuan to enter and the halls to the right and left have heaps of interesting things to look at. There are even some English details. The left hall is life sized statues dressed in ancient clothing. Well worth a visit. The temple itself was great. It was very spacious and unlike most temples it was very simple. The display rack of ancient arms and pots were pretty cool too. When you leave the temple grounds to your left is a quiet `Tea Square´. When I reached Daxi Street I looked left and spotted an eyesore, the Quanzhou Hotel. It was huge and gleaming white and gold looked very out of place in this city. From Zhongfu Alley I turned right and zig zagged through the back streets and at the mouth of a little Market Place I spotted Kaiyuan Si.

Kaiyuan Si is a large and beautiful temple and a must if you are here. It was built around 686AD and was originally known as Lianhua Si. Its two main draw cards are the twin pagodas known as the East and West Pagodas. The temple grounds are green and spacious. Though there were many visitors there was enough space to allow it to feel relaxing and peaceful. From Kaiyuan Si I wound my way through the busy tiny market streets until I found Zhongshan Road again and dropped into the public running track/park. Here I rested for a while and watched old men flying kites and children playing with their racing cars and spinning tops. Teenagers were walking or roller blading hand in hand...oh, how sweet it was! Zhongshan Road then turns into Beillin Street. It its end is a huge round-a-bout and in its centre is a huge pagoda. I then turned right onto Cheng Bei Road and zig zagged my way back down towards Guang Ping Cang Road through the back streets. I got totally lost but somehow found several unnamed and unmarked temples and colourful kindergartens on my way.

When I reached Dong 33 Street I made my way across to Chong Fu Road and then headed back up towards the 'other end of town'. Chong Fu Temple is found by locating a large stone archway on your left. Go through the archway and walk straight. Strangely the sign is on the temple wall and not at the road. Don't look for your normal Temple Gate as this gate is small and plain. By the time I got there the temple was closed to the public but a young boy and girl took me under their wing and introduced me to several of the Monks. They made me show the monks my panoramic shot of the front hall. The monks then ran around unlocking doors and turning on lights and had me take panoramic shots of all the buildings. We had such a great time and when they finally allowed me to leave I left a nice donation. My feet were telling me that enough was enough and my stomach was telling me that yes this city is great for a days temple walking but it is necessary to have food whilst doing so. I headed back towards the bus station as I wanted to try the Red Blue & White eatery that´s in the LP on Quanxi Street. It´s now gone so I opted for fried rice and sweet and sour pork instead. Good choice. Just down the road is a great Net Bar and each computer has its own big plasma screen. Cool! So for those who think you need to spend money on entrance fees, public transport etc to have a great day, I spent 30 Yuan and visited around 15 Temples, covered most of the inner city, zig zagged my way through back alleys filled with happy smiles and had the most awesome day. DO IT, FOLLOW YOUR FEET! Beers & Noodles to ya...shane The soundtracks to this entry were: 1: Soul Asylum´s album `Candy from a stranger´ and 2: Syd Barretts `Barrett´ I can creep into cupboards and sleep in a ball - Maybe he really is an orange!

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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China

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