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More Noodles from Mindong or North East Fujian

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

Bridges, don’t you just love bridges! Temples, wow! Don’t you just love temples! What about bridges that come complete with temples!

After saying a sad goodbye to Ivy I headed to Ningde’s north bus station by way of Freaky Psycho Tuk Tuk guy who must have handle bared at least five cars on the four minute journey. Windows were rolled down, abuse was yelled but all the while he simply carried on loudly singing his favourite tunes oblivious to the world around him.

When we arrived I actually gave him double the fare.

If you’re asking why, then you’ve never been to China and witnessed the absolute thoughtlessness and selfishness that goes on here on China’s roads. Everyone has the right away and will honk and edge their way in until someone finally gives in and from the amount of bumper clashes you see happen each day, not many a driver is man enough to do so.

Nor women, believe me they are just as bad as the men when they get behind the wheel.

When this guy heard a horn nearby by from a rushing, non-caring thoughtless driver, he simply gave them a loving smile, waved them through and then handle bared the side of their car and all the while I was having a freaking bawl. If it was earlier in the day I would have given him one hundred Yuan and had him drive around all day.

Or at least until I felt I had my vengeance on all the horrid horn honkers that have both nearly hit me with their spit and run me down over the past six years.

The journey from Ningde to Pingnan is a wonderfully scenic two and a half hours during which you pass several large temple complexes, follow what I think is named the Baishui River, pass by several glistening lakes and when all of the above are out of eyesight then you can dream about your travels whilst the towering mountains found all around you fill your sights. After arriving and checking out several small hotels I quickly grabbed a room at the happily and comfortable family run Jin Du Bin Guan (Hotel) and went about finding the towns temples.

Within five minutes of walking in an out town direction I had found three.

First of all I spotted a small pagoda on a hill which is always a good sign that brings a smile to my face as usually sitting somewhere beneath a temple of some sorts can be found. I then spied a small Confucius Temple that I found was part way through renovations. After a short visit I found the steps and track that soon took me to the hill top pagoda that happily for me offered more than just views of the city below as sitting across a small valley were two large temples.

They of course were simply begging me to visit! After finding a well worn pathway behind the second pagoda I did just that!

The church is found in what I named Stone Cutters District as it is here that I found the very unsafe and unstable stone cutting mills. Here the towns most underprivileged can be found, the poorest of the poor all of whom live in small wooden shacks that make up a smallish Shanty Town that has of course the gloriously huge and wealthy church looming over it to remind them how unfortunate they are.

The Church, like the doors to our homes in the West, was closed. All three temples as with the lives and doors to those of the East were invitingly open.

Though there really isn’t that much to do in Pingnan town itself, it has to be populated with some of China’s most friendly people who after a simple question race around trying to find out all the facts and figures known to man and then have someone type it up for you. The other thing I really love about its people is that they don’t ask you how you are for them to answer fine thank you and you. I’ve been blown away at the fact that barely anyone begins with such a question.

Instead they simply ask, 'Where do you want to visit and can I help you?’

They then get the ball rolling and friends depart in all directions to see who is first to gather as much information as possible, yet twice all I was doing was walking from the bus station door to my bus as I had already figured it out. As we had over an hour to wait before the chicken bus filled completely to the brim they came back and passed pieces of paper through the window telling me that I had to get on the bus that I was already on and what time the last bus was and how long it took to get between point A and point B.

All the while they probably missed the bus they were there to catch. They were at the bus station after all with bag in hand. Words really cannot describe the Chinese.

Though the town offers only three temples and one large Church, the surrounding countryside is more than worth spending a few days as found scattered throughout are what are known as Veranda or Covered Wooden Bridges that were constructed without the use of a single nail. The earliest covered bridge was built during the Song Dynasty (1090).

Sadly though, from the original hundred or so only fifteen remain all of which have been constructed and renovated during the dynasties that followed the Song Dynasty.

Pingnan city is found in what is known as Pingnan County which is an inland county situated in what is known as the Mindong Region or the north east of Fujian Province. The area has a five thousand year old history and was first established during the Yongzheng period of the Qing Dynasty in 1735 and is famous throughout China for its literary heritages, folklore custom, folk opera such as Siping Opera (string and rod puppet opera) and Thrummed Opera along with activities such as dragon dancing.

Beers N Noodles toya…..shane ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by The Commitments The album was ‘Soundtracks 1 & 2’ ____________________________________________________________

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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China

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