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The Sotto Portico Street & Market Adventures

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

Spring Festival. Don’t you just love travelling during the largest human migration on the planet!

11:00am Me: Two tickets to Haikou please. She: There’s a train at 18:40 this evening. Me: But it’s only a two hour train ride, they leave every hour. She: yes. Me: yes…um…no…um…what? She: There is a train at 18:40 this evening. Me: Um, I don’t understand. She: Do you want two tickets? Me: I guess we do and once again I hate travelling during Spring Festival!

21:00pm Judy: Do you have the address for the hotel? Me: Yes, I took a screen shot of the booking. Judy: Ok, show the taxi guy. Me: I can’t because my stupid phone won’t show the shot. Judy: Why? Me: I have no idea it’s never done this before. Judy: It’s ok. I have it on my camera too. Pity her camera had the tiniest screen known to man as no one could read it.

22:00pm We finally found someone who could read her camera screen and arrived Me: I need a beer and this is why I never book anything online. Judy: Shut up or I’m going to kill you in your sleep! Me: Yep, I’m thinking I’d better shut up or I won’t get my beer!

So anyhow, after a wonderful two weeks in beautiful Sanya city with my mate Aussie Judy riding from golden beach to golden beach, lashing out on fresh sea food BBQ’s, arm sized fish, huge scallops and drinking buckets of cold beer it all came to an end yesterday morning when she sadly had to grab her pack and a cab and began her multi flight journey home to Australia.

Huge hotels, did I ever tell you how much don’t like staying in three to five star hotels? Lifeless horrid things they are, especially when they are in the dry armpit of town.

Honestly, our hotel was next to the ring road and there wasn’t a single store near it. Thankfully at the foot of the huge hotel there was an outdoor BBQ that cooked up some of the almost un-eatable BBQ you would never want to eat. It was so weird as the BBQ staff raced around frustrated like they were in a huge restaurant but there was only five or so small tables. After Judy left I had the option of staying in my huge plush hotel in the dry armpit of town for the same price as a small hotel 'in town’, so this morning I packed and grabbed a Motorbike Guy (local taxi) and headed to the vibrant part of town.

Yesterday I finally got my ‘off the island’ ticket sorted…shut up Judy...yes I actually did have several chances prior but never felt comfortable with them as in my mind I had decided to grab a bus and head to Guangzhou City (Canton) and then board a small a bus a little north to south Jiangxi Province to spend several days checking out some more HUGE Hakka Peoples houses but the cities tickets were at a standstill.

There weren’t even flights available to Guangzhou until the 22nd. Flights to Nanchang (where I began my holiday), nothing until the 25th. There were no bus tickets, no train tickets and no plane tickets available anywhere! And yes, after almost eight years you'd think I would be used to it...No, it is impossible!

In the end I said I would take any flight that took me off Hainan Island so I took a seat and we waited and waited and waited and after an hour a ticket to Wuhan City became available and Woo Hoo, on the 19th somebody didn’t want to fly to the cold north. I did so I snapped it up and I’m out of here in several days time and I’ll have to wear thermals again but I have them packed!

So here I sit in my beautiful little hotel right in the middle of it all. Today after checking in I got out amongst it.

I spent hours zigzagging my way through the small river side streets and alley ways that were totally chockablock full of local vegetable and fresh fish markets where my sandals became filled by stinky from seafood puddles (you should have seen and smelt my sink when I washed them tonight) and then I unexpectedly found myself amongst streets full of decaying colonial style architecture. After visiting countless eastern Chinese cities I have become used to unexpectedly finding myself amongst the later but an hour or so later I came across several pedestrian streets, one which honestly took my breath away as it was totally renovated.

If I was a gentleman I would have found myself rather comfortable being a two hundred year old Portuguese Dude walking down Sotto Portico Street.

After totally immersing myself for hours and catching a delightful street performance that included my first viewing of Gangnam Style (which I loved due to the fact that it was performed by an array of beautiful Chinese Girls) I headed back towards my hotel area and found the ‘Haikou Qi Tou Snack Street’ where I grabbed a seat and filled up on a beer and a bowl of Japanese seafood udon noodles and far too many street snacks on the way home.

<u>Sotto Portico Street</u>

The Haikou Historical Portuguese/Weatern and Cultural Streets are mainly distributed in Longhua and Meilan Districts along Zhongshan Road, Deshengsha Road, Xinhua Road, Boai Road, Jiefang Road areas. Found are ancient Portuguese/Frenchstyle homes built suitable for the tropical climate which also blends in with Chinese, Southeast Asian and Western architecture styles. The area covers twenty five thousand square meters with more than two hundred homes and is supposedly the largest and most completely preserved historical Portuguese area in China.

<u>Now For A Bit Of Haikou History</u>

Haikou originally served as the port for Qiongshan, the ancient administrative capital of Hainan Island, located five kilometers inland and was once part of Guangdong province.

In the 13th century it was fortified and became a military post under the Ming dynasty (1368&#8211;1644). The port is located west of the mouth of the Nandu River and when Qiongshan was opened to foreign trade under the Treaty of Tianjin (1858), Haikou started to rival the old administrative city. In 1926, Haikou overtook Qiongshan in population and in the 1930s after it was declared a separate administrative county Haikou was developed as a port during the Sino-Japanese War (1937&#8211;45) when the Japanese invaded and occupied Hainan Island from early 1939 to 1945.

Old Haikou (the oldest buildings in the area) were mostly built by the rich Chinese from the mainland and overseas Chinese who returned to their homeland. The houses are mixture of Portuguese, French and Southeast Asian style. The streets were divided into areas for selling Chinese and Western medicine, silk and tailored clothes, fresh fish and meat, incense, candles and paper etc.

Beers N Noodles toya…..shane ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by Motorhead The album was &#8216;Welcome to The Bear Trap’ ____________________________________________________________

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