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Mate, What an Ancient Facade!

HeyHey and a Big G'Day toya, Here I sit after another huge day of walking Bozhou's streets visiting beautiful places, eating delicious noodles and chatting to happy people. I have decided I have walked Bozhou almost dry and that maybe it is time to move on. But I also think it is time for a rest day. My feet are sore and blistered from all my walking and I have a cheap hotel with aircon and a cheap Net Bar around the corner so maybe I should simply just sit tomorrow and make the beginning of the new month a rest day! I will decide upon waking! Today was an awesome day mainly spent across the river visiting un-walked territory. The morning was frustrating as I went from mobile to mobile store trying to put money on my mobile phone. But China being China and being caught somewhere between cyber space worlds continues to make it impossible to do such a simple thing. Anything such as trying to PUT money into your bank account or PUT money onto your mobile phone remains impossible to do out of YOUR province. EG: My bank account is a Fujian account but I can't go to Guangxi and put money into it. My mobile SIM Card is a Fujian SIM card so I can't go to Guangxi and put money onto my mobile. It is impossible and so frustrating! On computer they an access your accounts on both but they can't take your money. I can withdraw, use my ATM Card and use my mobile anywhere in China, but I can add to either unless I'm in my own province. Seriously, China now has the largest mobile network in the world but the way it works really doesn't make sense to most Foreigners. How can the largest mobile network in the world work in such a stupid and frustrating way. It really makes no sense at all! When I began working here two and a half years ago I thought it would have to change in the very near future, yet it still remains the same.....linked, yet not linked! How do you work it then? You make sure you put a heap of money on your mobile prior to travelling, yet if something goes wrong like what has happened these holidays such as a friend's father dying and then receiving a few calls from Australia then your money disappears quickly. Why? Because when you are out of your province then both the caller and the receiver pay. Of course the caller pays most but the receiver also pays a little and when you receive from over seas, then the receiver pays more again. Go Figure! Anyhow, I got it sorted by texting a good friend from my school whose father put some money on for me and I will pay him upon my return. Once again it shows that China, though it has almost everything 'we' have, it continues to work in a completely different way...it works in a Chinese way and I'm sure most people would probably look at me like I'm an idiot and question as to why in the world I would want to put money INTO my bank account or ONTO my phone when I'm away from my province. No body does that, are you insane! What a stupid thing to do! NOT! Anyhow, to what happened after I got my mobile stuff sorted. I gave Amigo (Luo Wei) a call to see how her day was getting along. She was with her two little sisters at a paint and play shop. So what are 'Sisters'? I think it was introduced when the one child policy was introduced. As each family can only have one child (there are exceptions ie: farmers and minority people) I think the 'brother and sister' thing may have come in to play then. Each person seems to have several very close friends that become like family. They are then called Brothers or Sisters. I spend most of the time asking if they are 'real' as sometimes they are depending on where that person lives etc. We have decided to head to head to Hua Shan in Shaanxi Province together for our week together in October for Chinas 'National Day'. Kind of like Australia but here we get a seven day holiday where in Australia we only get one day and I'm sure the government will one day take that away and leave our Public Holiday that celebrates a three minute horse race! It's all about money! After having to say good bye due to too many car horns and people yelling around me I headed across town to the old quarter near Huaxilou Lu (near the river) and found my way to the Bozhuo Museum and mate, was I not prepared for the building. What an ancient beauty. It oozed stone carvings and colour. The intricate carvings and stone work made it hard to enter the building. Surely what lay behind these walls couldn't live up to the building itself. I would put it right to the top of the list of 'The Most Beautiful Things I've Ever Seen!' It really was stunning!

The entry fee was 20 Yuan and the ticket office is found down a little alley way just off Huaxilou Lu. From Hepin Lou take the second street on the right and then the first street on your left. There is also a little Taoist Temple hidden behind the ticket office which isn't maintained at all. It is peaceful and beautiful all the same. So peaceful that an elderly lady lay snoring the day away on the temple floor. As they are renovating the square out front of the Museum I am sure soon the ticket office will be moved there. Ok, once I tore my eyes from the Museums outer walls I finally entered its small grounds. On the left I found a small building that housed a beautiful butterfly collection. Why wouldn't you have a butterfly collection in a museum! Here I taught a little girl to say Butterfly and Flutter by Butterfly. In the main building I found the usual assorted goodies such as ancient pottery etc. The museums main show piece was a Han Dynasty burial suit made from small individual pieces of jade which were all sown together with silver thread. Awesome to see! In the third building I found a beautiful collection of paintings and just as I was about to leave the grounds I thankfully looked up and what I saw made me stop in mid step. The wooden carvings were splendid. They were so full of detail and colour but sadly I wasn't allowed to enter the second floor and had to make do with the zoom on my little camera. A big shame but not much I could do about it. Maybe second floor wasn't safe to enter but I think as it was like a zillion degrees the staff couldn't be bothered moving to unlock the door for me. I can't blame them as I'm sure I was the only idiot racing from place to place. After leaving the museum I headed across the river and decided to spend the day exploring the northern part of the city. After crossing the river I turned right and crossed another smaller river and began to zig zag my way back down towards the main river. In a little street I stopped to snack on some strange looking bread. We have the same tasting bread all over China but I've never seen it in this shape before. It's thin and crusty and usually round and not long. What ever shape it takes it kind of tastes like it has vegemite, promite or marmite in it. As I began walking a group of girls ran over and began dragging me across the street. Sadly for me...ha ha...they were dragging me into a church that I had not noticed until I looked up and spotted the cross. From the street there was only a bare wall noticeable. Behind this wall there was actually a beautiful old church. Within minutes families came from nowhere and the girls proudly showed off their community church. We all then sat for a short English lesson/practice. It really was such an unexpected wonderful time. As far as I understood they had never had a foreigner in their church before and the priest/minister proudly turned on the lights that lit up the cross for me to take several photos.

After saying a sad good bye I headed back up to Guquan Lu and spent an hour or so walking around the old quarter and amongst its people. I then made my way across Weiwu Dadao where I found a large statue of a Peoples Liberation Army Officer acting as a round-a-bout. Why was he there? I have no idea. I then slowly began to make my way back towards the river . Just before crossing the river I found a public park and decided to have a walk around in the shade for awhile. At the rear of the park I found a Tomb for a Tang Dynasty Imperial Emperor. This part of the city is known as Fengton Village. Here you will find tomb of the Shang Emperors clothes and hats etc. It's true, his clothes and hats have their own tomb! According to legend Chengtang was the chief of the Shang Tribe but later he abolished the Xia Dynasty (2200 - 1700 BC). This tomb was built in the year Jiaging, 23rd year of the Ming Dynasty (AD1368 - 1644) and has been destroyed and rebuilt several times since. For those of you who, like me, find all this dynasty stuff a little confusing, the Xia Dynasty is kind of like the first dynasty on record (2200 to 1700 BC). I'm sure there were others prior but I think this is where is officially begins.

Man I spent half my life in an office when I could have been visiting ancient tombs full of clothes! What in the world was I thinking? Seriously! Blistered feet....Office..... Blistered feet....clothes tombs.....office Blistered feet....noodles.....clothes tombs.....office Blistered feet....Chinese Girls..... I'm choosing anything but the office! From the 'ancient clothes' tomb I headed back across the river and wound my way through the old river community. This runs between Heping Lu and the river. I soon found myself on the corner of Heping Lu and Xinhua Lu near KFC and I then headed home for a well earned cold shower. I read and slept for a few hours and then went in search of Bozhou's best noodles and actually found them. IF you ever visit Bozhou walk to the end of Xinhua Lu (at the Renming Lu end), turn left into Renming Lu, cross to the other side and you will soon pass a small road and several China Telecom and other mobile stores. You will soon come across a small eatery that has a wall sized poster of many noodle and rice dishes. This is the one. Two doors up from an eatery with a sign above its door reading CHNT or something. It seems there are many Muslim Noodle eateries here. This was my third one and easily the best. None of the staff can speak English but mate, they have a huge poster with all their dishes on it along with the price of each dish. Seriously, if you are in China and you want a safe cheap tasty meal, hunt down the white cap. The place will always be run by a family and some friends and the meat will always be top grade and every dish will be one of the best dishes you've ever tasted. In the south people hunt them out. In my current city there is only one eatery which I have named 'The Great Northern After Bar Noodles' eatery. In places like Yangshuo, Dali and Leijing the white capped bbq people are usually kept very busy! When looking at today's photos, you will notice many of what look like dirty little old eateries. Well....they look that way as they are old and full of built up grease and oil but I don't call them dirty. These are the places I actually hunt down for my lunches. I know most of my family and friends would never sit with me and eat at them but these grubby little places seriously dish out the tastiest meals you will ever eat. They are all family owned and run and they are very careful to serve a good safe meal. If they didn't no-one would come and they would be closed down. There is no social secruity here, once they are closed they are pretty much buggered. They have to be take care of their customers and keep them safe! Beers N Noodles toya.....shane __________________________ The soundtrack to this entry was 'Collective Soul' The album was 'Dosage' Awesome Band!

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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China

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