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Chens Castle & Guoyu Village Adventure

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

I'm now down in Jincheng city to see an old castle. And an ancient walled village but of course it rained all day. Took me three chicken buses and all day yesterday to get here but hey, the street night market scene and food is awesome and the girls are all in incy wincy teeny weeny denim shorts and high heels so life is awesome as always. Had heaps of trouble with internet, most hotels don't have it or it just doesn't work but I'm in little faraway rural places in the north of China so it's expected. Well, actually I thought things would have changed since the last time I was up here living and travelling four years ago.

I also forgot how dusty and plain it is up here. I'm so happy to be living back in the south again. I've still got almost a month off before I have to head east back to to Monkey Magic town to begin teaching in my new school. Ok, must finish my coffee and head across to the cinema to see the late showing of Brick Mansions and then it will be off for my Snackatellica tour of the streets.

PRIME MINISTER CHEN'S CASTLE

Chens Castle is located in Jincheng city, Shanxi Province. Once called as "the Castle and Mansion of the Prime Minister" by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty, it was the royal residence of the prominant Prime Minister Chen Jingting, who was the royal teacher of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Chen was also a famous statesman, writer, idealist, philosopher and poet, and served as the editor-in-chief of the famous Kangxi Zidian Dictionary.

Emperor Kangxi gave this palace to Chen Jingting to show his appreciation to his teacher. The complex now hosts a great number of Chen Jingting's posthumous works and the emperor's handwritings. Covering an area of ninety thousand square meters with nineteen gardens and courtyards, asix hundred and forty rooms and nine castle gates, the complex is comprised of officer's dwellings, ancient homes of literary men and folk houses. The palace is surrounded by a wall one thousand seven hundred meters long and twelve meters high, and designed and built for strong defense from inside and outside.

GUOYU ANCIENT VILLAGE

Shanxi Province occupies the mountainous region between China's central plains and the northern desert. Its transport routes provided the Han Chinese of the central plains with a means to communicate with desert tribes living beyond the border. Trade links, dating from the first century BC, flourished during the Sui and Tang dynasties (581-907) and strong family loyalties among Shanxi people, coupled with their diligence, thriftiness and teamwork, brought about a thriving merchant culture that endured for some five hundred years until the late Ming Dynasty. Staying true to their roots, these merchants returned to their families with wealth to build grandiose mansions.

For thousands of years, migratory northwestern nomads invaded the central plains. As the main pass leading to the central plains (and a gathering place for merchants), the Qinhe River Valley became a focus for the nomads and roving bandits, especially in the final years of the Ming Dynasty. Guoyu village was robbed several times, leaving the homes damaged and the villagers heavily injured.

Beers N Noodles toya.....shane ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by Motley Crue The album was Generation Swine ____________________________________________________________

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Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China

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