A Travellerspoint blog

April 2013

A Far Away Mountain Ride To Begin To Say Goodbye

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

How to deal with loss? How can I never hold her again!

This blog is for an extremely close and probably the most special friend that I’ve ever had. Not only I, but her family and mine along with all of our friends, we all lost her several days ago. Like most people, throughout life I’ve lost more than a handful of friends and family and each is no easier than the last. But I have never, EVER lost someone who was just so damn close for so long even when we were years and worlds away from each other. Everyone throughout their life finds 'that special friend’, you know the one you may not see for a year or so but when you do get to hold them in your arms again, see that wonderful smile and share each others warmth, you just pick up where you left off….kind of like;

Yeah I’d love a cuppa mate but you’ve moved your teaspoons since last week. Oh, it was two years ago? Bloody Hell! Are you sure?

Gone, things become gone but most of the time they return and are no longer gone.

When it comes to someone so special, being forced to accept the literal meaning of the word ‘gone’ is probably the hardest thing we can do in life. I know she will always be with us but at the same time she will still be gone from this world and my arms and that is the part I am having an extremely hard time trying to deal with. She was not only the apple my eye but also her entire families eye. She was like a big colourful bowl of fruit, always so full of life and joy…..people just adored her.

The photo I have chosen is from waaaaay back in the mid 90’s and my personal favourite of ‘us’. I love you Nielsen and I will miss you forever and ever and ever xoxox

I have the next five days off, I’ve packed a bag and I’m heading to SanQingShan Mountain to do my best to mourn the loss of Fran. Well at least I think I'm heading there, knowing me I’ll get to the bus station and forget my chosen destination and end up elsewhere but no matter where I end up I will have to somehow come to terms with and accept the loss I feel.

But I don't think I can, I don't think I can ever let her go.

Under the circumstances, while writing this blog I tried to make it humorous as they were the only ones she loved to read and I’ve also added a few extra food shots to help her on her way….I doubt she’ll be happy with dumplings and noodles and she'll want to shape up for another pillow fight but hey, when you live in a rice field in rural China it’s about all you have to offer.

Frank Sinatra once said I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. They get up in the morning and that’s the best they will feel all day.

Eddakath now says I feel sorry for people who continually maintain their bike. They get on and ride and that’s the best it will feel all year.

Last summer in Baise my chain broke, I got it fixed and the following day half way through my many hour ride from Baise City to tiny Tianyan town it broke again. Last Friday not only did I lose my gearing and was stuck in first gear for many hours but my chain broke thankfully just down the road from the school. Saturday morning I got it fixed and had my bike totally maintained (first since I purchased it last September) and an hour later found me happily way out in the fields and villages and yes, you guessed it;

WHAMO, my chain broke again.

Not long after a farmer who was heading into Dexing stopped and I threw my bike into the back of his three wheeler motor bike with a tray. He took me to the bike store, he then went and did his thing, came back and took me to where he found me (what a guy!). When the bike store guy examined my chain he found a further two links that had cracks in them which of course were two future ‘situations’ waiting to happen.

Today I rode for seven hours and my bike rode like it was brand new.

It shall continue to do so for the next many months and by then I won’t even notice any decrease in performance until…WHAMO, things begin to fall apart in a rather quickish manner which will ‘laterish’ result in my bikes second maintance and after that I will feel like I have yet another new bike.

Seriously, isn’t it great to think and live life like a total idiot.

Something as small as bike maintance will keep me happy for many months to come and each time I wave and pass a rider on his three to five thousand Yuan constantly maintained bike I will be filled with warmth and gratitude that he/she will always ride with a constant balance of performance and that I whose peddles fall off, chains break and gears fall apart etc (always far far away) twice a year will experience that mystical and tremendous feeling a child has when they receive a new bike.

Yep, I’m thinking that’s the ‘Idiots Guide’ to bike riding!

Oh yeah, when I got my bike maintained I also lashed out and purchased a new light, new gloves to replace the ones I purchased seven years ago and wait for it…wait for it…wait just a little longer…

I’ve now got coloured whirlies!

I feel like I’m back in the seventies with my coloured spoke beads on my three gear dragster. So next I’m going to get some pegs and some Footy Cards sent over from Australia and peg the cards to my spokes and go clicitty clack all over the shop. My new whirlies are shaped like kungfu throwing stars, you attach them to your spokes and when you turn them on at night they change colours and flash and the best part is they drive young children into a mesmorised frenzy when I ride through the town. No matter what they are doing, crying, eating, urinating on the footpath or being good for mummy and daddy, as soon as they see my whirlies they turn into freaked out flower children and race off to follow the lights and Mummy and Daddy then have to race off to catch them.

I make sure I turn them off as soon as I reach the school though. Could you imagine the reaction of thousand primary school children!

Beers N Noodles toya…..shane PS: That funny little building is actually a little village school set in the rice fields and I did actually make it to the far away mountain but by then I was not only over taking photos but also so over riding and just wanted to go home, but I had a further three hour ride to get there. Say Goodbye, never say goodbye! Love N Miss ya guts Nielsen xoxox ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry had to be by Bon Jovi The album was of course had to be ‘Slippery When Wet’ ____________________________________________________________

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Peddles & North East Dumplings

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

For some it’s Dunkin Donuts, For others it’s Dongbei Dumplings. Feast Your Peekers On These Hearty Treats!

Over the past few weeks, apart from dodging fire & rain I’ve also actually managed to squeeze in two rides and far too many north east (Manchurian) dumplings for only two rides especially when one visit two of us devoured almost fifty of these delicious treaty packets. For those who have been to China and eaten dumplings, these are not your average small pocket of joy you get as you travel south from Peking (Beijing) to Canton (Guangzhou).

We have only one Dongbei Dumpling eatery here in Dexing and they more than have their work cut out for them.

All dumplings are handmade and most weekdays, (yes weekdays!) the family, extended family and friends who drop by make around one thousand dumplings and have been doing this for over seven years. In one of my last blogs I mentioned this eatery and that they have fifteen different selections to choose from, I’ve now ticked off a handful of dumpling types and shall continue to do so in earnest.

<u>The Photos In This Blog</u>

The two fire photos I forgot to add to my last blog and that’s my buddy Amy who I had just shown that it wasn’t just a tiny fire on one hill. By this time it had finished with the hills in the far distance along with the valleys between and was now ascending the closer hills but thankfully we all know the outcome in comparison to what has just happened in Sichuan Province 'AGAIN’!

The only setback for me is for some reason since the fire the schools water supply has been rationed, or if not rationed then setting its own strange timetable and is available for only short periods at weird times. If our water supply was human for most of the day and night it would be rocking back and forth in a dark corner but humans are humans and we all need 'to go' so I guess that's when we finally get water for a short time. I have been bathing from a bucket and plastic cup for the past week, I turned on my washing machine on Sunday morning and it finally ran its course this evening after I returned from the city.

Apart from that my students and classes have been totally awesome. Oh and we now have a new Koren BBQ eatery...MMMmmm!

The rest of the photo’s are from my two rides during which I set my target on the Jinshan (Gold Mountain) Pavilion and then spent many hours slowly riding around the lake. The new lake side museum/community thingamabob center thingamajiggy and New Ancient Town, both of which had just been started when I arrived eight months ago are coming along swimmingly. I then headed across the other side of the lake to see if there had been any progress in the construction of the temple and found that the only difference was that the grass was longer.

After my lake side adventure I decided to head up the road to try to find a different view of the pavilion which I did find along with a small new area to ride.

<u>Now For A Bit On Dongbei Dumplings</u>

The traditional Chinese festival Dongzhi (midwinter festival) is historically the reason the Chinese people eat dumplings and if you want to take it one step further then this came about simply to protect their ears from getting frostbitten.

<u>Dumpling History</u>

As the story goes, in ancient China there was once a kind doctor who helped local people free of charge and one winter he found that many local people had got frostbite on their ears. So he went about collecting traditional Chinese medicine, which included mutton, pepper and other ingredients and boiled them in water. Then he made the boiled medicine into snacks, which took the shape of dumplings. He distributed the snacks to the villages together with a bowl of hot soup. After eating the medicine and were quickly cured of frostbite and from then on eating dumplings on Dongzhi became Chinese custom.

The further north you head from the Yangtze River, the more the temperate climate demands that wheat trumps rice as the staple grain, often showing up on menus as dumplings and noodles. With a menu from the frigid provinces that border Korea, the Northeastern Style Dumplings, more commonly known as DONGBEI JIAOZI are more than part of the staple diet even in Beijing. The ravioli textured and size like dumplings can be stuffed with just anything you like. Dongbei cuisine is often quite heavy in the use of meat, garlic, vinegar and thick sauces and their jiaozi contains meat of any sort combined with different types of vegetables as well as different versions of vinegar etc.

Dumplings are ordered by the liang which is an order of six.

Normally all varieties are stacked together on the one plate which makes for a fun game trying to figure out the ingredients in the fillings by taste alone. Pork is usually the main meat but most eateries offer chicken, beef and lamb and the most popular vegetable add-ons are green peppers, cilantro, white cabbage, bok choy, mushroom, leek, egg, celery, water chestnut, zucchini, eggplant cubes fried together with pork paste, a stew made with tomatoes, pumpkin, cabbage and Dongbei mushrooms.

Beers N Noodles toya…..shane ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by the Beatles The album was &#8216;Revolver’ ____________________________________________________________

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Springs 'Field Burning' Gone Completely Wrong

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

Springs 'field burning’ can sometimes get out of hand and here in China each year entire villages are lost due to farmers burning their fields on the wrong day and yesterday was definitely one of those wrong days.

After my lunch time Nana Nap I began my two o’clock class with my first Grade 7 lesson and halfway through I began to smell smoke. When I’m in my apartment I can usually smell the smoke from the schools furnace that heats the huge water boiler for the student’s showers and hot drinking water but the middle school classrooms are too far away. I then noticed that some of the students were becoming a little too distracted so I headed out onto the balcony to see why.

The entire top of the mountains behind the school was on fire. That was from the city side all the way across as far as you could see.

I ran downstairs to let the office know and was told that it would be ok so I asked if they had actually seen the fire and was told NO and didn’t their expressions change once they reached the fourth floor balcony. I went home and packed two packs full of my most important things and headed back to the office and asked what time the fire drill was.

Fire drill? Why do we need a fire drill?

Um…to stop fifteen hundred students stampeding and killing each other in panic trying to save themselves if the fire reaches the school. I then found out that even though it is set amongst and totally surrounded by mountains covered with &#8216;fuel’ no schools, companies or workplaces etc practice or know anything about evacuation procedures. The afternoon changed into evening and the temperature began rising as the fire grew closer. I then asked where the school buses were &#8216;if they were needed’ to evacuate the students and teachers and I was asked why I was so worried.

I actually laughed and my reply was;

You have put all the students to bed, we have no power or water due to the fire, we are out in the country, it is pitch black behind us, we are totally surrounded by trees, NOT fields but trees which are fuel, we have a petrol station about five hundred meters up the road, you are all standing directly beside the schools entire wood supply, you have been joking around while watching entire hills go up in flames all day and evening and the only thing between us and that is the tiny dirt road behind the tiny school fence, you have no evacuation procedures and you wonder why I am worried.

Oh and by the way you do understand if the wind changes or even picks up this entire school and area will be complete carnage.

The fire on the city side was finally brought under control and just as the fire was getting much too close for my liking about five fire engines arrived and for the next two hours continuously sprayed the few houses, the bamboo, ferns and small trees that grow from the foot of the hill up to the huge electricity towers and they also had a few spraying the petrol station. I then found out that until the fire came almost within spraying distance there was nothing they could have done as there are no roads leading up/into the hills.

Thankfully the spraying worked and when the fire ran out of fuel it imploded and for the next few hours anywhere near the school and petrol station remained only in small pockets but continued to burn up and over the larger hills in the distance.

<u>TODAY</u>

Throughout the day I asked the teaching staff several questions about the situation and was totally baffled by some of the answers;

Did you pack a bag with all of your important things? No, I don’t like packing and the fire was over there. Um…Did you not see it come here too? Yes.

Do you think the school will now begin to practice evacuation procedures etc? No because it doesn’t happen. What doesn’t happen? Fire doesn’t happen. Um…Did you not see the mountains burning yesterday and last night? Yes.

These are two answers from two very smart people but the fact is this part of Jiangxi is is known as &#8216;the basin’ and is usually so wet and green that unless it’s someone’s house burning down or spring &#8216;field burnings’ or BBQ then fire really has no part of their life and they actually don’t have any real idea of how ferocious and terrible it can be. I guess its like asking someone who lives in the desert if they should start practicing flood control.

I tried to explain that Australia turns into a &#8216;fire time bomb’ every single year and no matter how I tried to explain the power and might of the fires that devastate Australia each summer they simply couldn’t grasp such a thing. In the end I told them to Google &#8216;Australian Bush Fires’ and click on &#8216;images’.

<u>The Photos in This Entry</u>

All the photos were taken from my balcony and bathroom window as my apartment is on the third floor and at the very end of the building so normally I have a wonderful view of the tree, bamboo and fern covered hills. They were taken with my 12MP Nokia N8 phone camera which takes amazing shots during the day and close up at night but not short or long distance night shots so sorry about the quality. I threw in some day shots I took this morning so the distance between can be seen.

Beers N Noodles toya…..shane ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by Motley Crue The album was &#8216;Generation Swine’ ____________________________________________________________

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An Awesome Fuzhou Catchup With Ting Ting

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

Hello, is there a bus that goes to Linchuan city? No, no bus goes to Linchuan from here nor the other station. Bugger, then it’s going to be rather difficult to get to see Ting Ting. I then turned around and noticed a large map on the wall with big red dots on all the towns and cities the buses go to from the tiny and seemingly always empty Dexing Long Distance bus station. I found Dexing, then Shangrao and from memory where I thought Linchuan city was located.

What is this city? That is Fuzhou city Fuzhou city, yes that’s where I want to go. But Fuzhou is not Linchuan city and there isn’t a bus to Linchuan. Why would you buy a ticket to Fuzhou when you want to go to Linchuan? I understand but Fuzhou and Linchuan are now one city separated by a river. Oh, but there isn’t a bus to Linchuan city and you want to go to Linchuan city.

Um...ok...how about I stop this getting any more confusing and just buy a ticket to Fuzhou city and then use a bridge to cross the river to Linchuan city..............DONE!

After a nearing five hour ride my 7:30am bus finally arrived at the Fuzhou bus station and within seconds Ting Ting and I were jumping around hugging each other making a right spectacle of ourselves. For those who don’t or haven’t read much of my blogs, I met Ting Ting at the end of 2006 when I moved to Shaowu city in Fujian Province and we’ve been like two peas in a pod ever since. She’s moved around a bit over the past year so we haven’t seen each other since she came to stay with me in Shangrao city about a year ago.

This visit in between catching up we somehow managed to squeeze in a temple, a church, a lake park, the latest Disney 'Wizard of Oz’ in 3D, Jack the Giant Slayer in 3D, KFC, Northeast China dumplings, a porridge eatery and around midnight each night we’d scamper down to the night market and feast on a huge hand full of meat sticks, grilled fish and oysters and wash it all down with a heap of cold beer.

Sadly as it does every week, Sunday arrived and all the fun came to an end. Well, mine actually begins again each Monday morning when I arrive at class.

<u>So, What Did I Find Out This Visit & a Short Brief History and Culture?</u>

Fuzhou city is surrounded by mountains in the east, south and west and has hills, rivers, valleys and basins spaced in the central region. Hill and mountain make up the main components of the city's landform and the terrain generally slopes downward from the south to the north. During the Spring-and-Autumn Period, the Baiyue Tribes lived in this region and during the Warring States Period, the territory belonged to Jiujiang Shire. It was in AD257 during the Three Kingdom Period, Linchuan Shire was set up in the region and its capital was established in Linru County.

Fuzhou got its current name in AD589 during the Sui Dynasty.

But as Ting Ting and I found out through talking to people on both sides of the river, the locals still separate both by the river as the new city is Fuzhou and the small and poor is Linchuan. Fuzhou is the origin place of &#8216;Linchuan Culture’, which was born during the Qin Dynasty and the Han Dynasty and flourished during the Song Dynasties. It is still prevailing in Fuzhou and surrounding regions and the area is also the birthplace of many great literary figures, such as Wang Anshi, a great poet and politician in Song Dynasty.

<u>A Bit on Fuzhou Women</u>

In early times in Fuzhou City married women and unmarried women could be distinguished from each other according to their hairstyle. In the period after the Qing Dynasty (1616-1911) and at the beginning of the Republic of China (1912-1949), married women arranged their hair in a bun while unmarried women arranged their hair in a plait. In the 1920s and 1930s, married women's hairstyle changed gradually from the bun to the modish perm. On the wedding day, the girl would go to the hair dressers to have her hair permed, accompanied by her female friend or relative.

After the perming, when she walked down the street every one would know that she would soon become a bride.

In that same period, the boundary between Yisao (married) and Yimei (unmarried) was still extremely clear, so a mistake could not be made if you judged a women according to her hairstyle. Later on though unmarried teenage girls began having their hair permed, and some Yisao who had become mothers began reverting back to a simple plait so the distinction between those with a bun &#8216;Yisao’ and those with a plait &#8216;Yimei’ began to merge.

<u>What Did I Find To See In Fuzhou/Linchuan This Visit?</u> <u>(That Ting Ting hadn’t found in three months because she always sleeps)</u>

Supposedly Fuzhou has many temples, such as Baima Temple (White Horse Temple) first built during the Song Dynasty, the Linchuan Jinshan Temple (which I believe to be the temple Ting Ting and I visited as it is in the little Linchuan district) along with the Baofang Temple complex, built in AD1761.

We were planning on a temple day as Ting found out two bus numbers that take you out into the mountains and I believe run between the two Temple Mountains, but it rained in the morning so there went that plan. As for what I think was the Jinshan Temple we only found it because when I got off a bus in a new city with a river running through it, to me it just seems the appropriate place to head first. When we arrived across the river in the Linchuan District I spotted a large pagoda in the distance and a small local temple on the river bank.

Perfect choice and off we went.

After visiting the local temple we headed towards the pagoda and found the Gothic Catholic Cathedral which was first built in 1908 and with a floor space covering an area of well over two thousand square meters it is the third largest Catholic Church in China but as churches always are, it was closed to the public so we continued on our way towards the pagoda.

If it was the Jinshan Temple then there was no mountain (shan) so maybe it was actually the Baima Temple but as I can’t find any information on the Fuzhou/Linchuan Baima temple I can’t actually be sure. Obviously I forgot to ask the name of the temple but what I did remember to ask is how old it was and found out that the first temple built on the site was around a thousand years ago.

As for local food, I got to try the Congren Ma Ji (a kind of braised chicken) and the Nanfeng Preserved Vegetables and I’m sure Ting Ting will introduce me to many more during my next visit.

Beers N Noodles toya…..shane ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by Chemical Brothers The album was &#8216;Live At The Social’ ____________________________________________________________

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