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A Sunny & Warm Temple Day With Ivy

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

Ningde city, where once they worshipped fish. Now fast food chicken eateries are its temples and fried chicken is God!

Well here I am back in Ningde, the land of Kung Fu fighters, carp worshippers, China's largest waterfall complex and legendary seafood. With a history that boasts cultural scenery, cultural relics and folklore I would now like to add one extra cultural thing to the endless list that Ningde has. For an area known throughout history for its seafood delights I find myself more than surprised that such a large number of its residents eat in fast food chicken stores. I’m serious, when I travel I walk for many hours each day and I’ve never walked past so many fast food chicken stores.

They are in abundance and they are all full or worshippers.

As my hotel room is just as cold as it is outside even with the heater on I headed down to the shopping district (a two minute walk) and after visiting three eateries I finally found one that had several empty pews, one of which I chose as my place of worship to kick back with a coffee and compose my latest Chicken Dogma.

The very vibrant Dsiqi Chicken Temple. Where the chicken is tender and the coffee is good.

I spent today with Ivy mostly visiting a temple in the northern hills that over looks the small yet sprawling city. In the temples vegetarian eatery (that seemed to only sever mushroom noodles) we had lunch with her parents and other assorted family members who were visiting the temple to offer the gods food, money and incense in return for a prosperous and happy Year of the Rabbit. After slowly making our way back down the hill to the city we both boarded an east bound city bus. Ivy had to head to the train station to meet two sets of friends in a three hour period from different parts of the country so I decided to head to one of the city’s lake side parks where I spent a total of twenty minutes before deciding that it was one of the most littered parks I have ever visited.

It was filled to the brim with people, all of whom were throwing litter. To make it even worse, the lake was littered with thousands of dead fish.

Sometimes without thought I found that I had stopped and was standing shaking my head at a large patch of grass, with its green that could barely be seen. The people around me stopped to get a view of what I had found and all they saw was litter. I then asked them if they were proud of their new lake side park and believe it or not, most told me that they were and that it was beautiful.

To the younger generation I explained that all I could see was litter and dead fish. Thankfully most of them agreed that that was all that was to be seen. They also told me that the 'new China’ will be much cleaner.

Using the northern temple as a guide I slowly zig zagged my way back to the city’s vibrant shopping district dropping into several market places on the way. At the rear of the last market I found a small pagoda and after being noticed by an elderly gent who came over to introduce himself in broken English then asked if I wanted to visit the temple the pagoda belonged to. Being a temple kind of guy I couldn’t refuse such an offer and was soon being shown through two spectacular old wooden temples.

The larger one had an open roof and was half way through renovations.

Both were found only ten meters apart in tiny bustling market place laneways filled with the smell of fresh produce, seafood and motorcycles as they honked and buzzed their way through the crowds of post Spring Festival shoppers looking for that one last overpriced new year’s bargain.

Beers N Noodles toya…..shane PS: Tomorrow, where shall I go? ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by DRI The album was ‘Live 94’ ____________________________________________________________

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy


A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

A Sunny Temple Day With Ivy

Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China

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