A Travellerspoint blog

May 2012

The Delightful Rice Paddy Temple Bike Adventures

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

Dying gadgets hey!

I figured as it’s been the most important gadget in my life for the past six years (camera/phone/MP3/text etc) that I really should say some quiet words. So I gave myself ten minutes to write an ode to mi ol’ mate, my Nokia N95 and to welcome in her replacement. Sorry readers, it just had to be done and I’ve had a few beers so I thought it would be more fun to write a really stupid blog for a change…..OK, here goes!

Ninety percent of my photos she gave to you, but one rainy night aliens did use might and on her screen they did take flight. Earth Invaders did they play and for now I must put her away. Many adventures did she take, but now a house maid she must make.

The twoks have been tweekt and the tweeks have been twokt. Anna and Belle stepped in and my new Nokia N8 rocks.

I care more about fidgets than widgets and turn her lop sided and I also have digits. Android, spam droid cue Clarke Cable, in the end I had five different phones on the table. All of them they told me were Smart Phone enabled so they rolled and scrolled, beeped and vibbed, but most of them gave me the same ride. The N8 seemed to open her gate and with a camera that was 12MP over an 8, it seems Apple and Samsung were much too late.

With onboard 16GB and an open SD to share, then I’m sorry I’ve found my hardware.

To all of the Aussies in drains, on plains and in Errol Flynn aeroplanes, these new phones simply seem the same but not you worry rovers and drovers, don’t research Android till you chunder as they are the same in the land down under. Though my old 95 maybe is now a mutey it doesn’t mean my new N8 isn’t a bewdy. I promise I tell ya without around mucking, the new Nokia Anna and Belle are here for….

Plucking chickens on a farm, we’ll be plucking arm in arm. For the next six years I hope we pluck, on a bus, a train or the back of a rural truck! I’ve had enough of rhyme without reason and very soon summer will be the in season. My phone and computer both have died so it seems both me and my bank are really fried.

The 2012 Summer Beers N Noodles Adventure will soon begin but after four years I’ve also had to also purchase clothes without whim. Along with a dead phone and computer, my holy shirts, shorts and jeans it seems finally gave in. Not much more I can do but fester, stew and worry about entertaining you. It seems as though my beer is finished and with that my words have diminished.

With fifty thousand shots, six hundred blog pages with unlimited stages, my old Nokia Mutie you have slept with me, wept with me, tucked with me and…rural trucked with me! We travelled far and we travelled wide and just as long as you keep your mouth shut about all we have seen then I’m sure I will not be bouncing a ball like Steve McQueen. For six long years you were my great escape but sadly another will now be more lopsided and sided up, I’m so sorry that the new Nokia Anna and Belle are also prepared to ….

Chicken pluck in a rural truck!

Brainz Brainz!...I want to eat your Brainz!... Would you prefer rice or noodles with that?

I just got home from a delightful almost 20km walk into the city, around there, over here and back again. For dinner I dropped in to what I call a 'Spare Parts Eatery’ and grabbed what I thought was best for me. Some extra brains may help keep me sane and happy though I was, I also had a choice of noodles or rice along with a small soup to boil and toil. With noodles a brains a side soup is a must but when she put it down naturally I moved it around. Behind my main did I trust a good place for it a must but for some reason she thought it treason moved it side place again with a thrust.

Oh what can a man do? She was so purty that I left it there, Fluttered my eye lids and said ‘for your Brainz Brainz’ thank you!

<u>So, What About the Photo’s in This Blog</u>

Most of these photos were taken with the old Mutie and, I’ll begin using the new camera during the Summer Break. As for the ride, it’s my latest &#8216;Sofa Temple & Rice Field Temple’ ride which simply follows the Xinjiang River (with many offshoots) from the very west of town ten kilometers to the very north of town (where the train station is) and that’s when the new part begins. I simply continue following the river until I meet the next bridge and then cross and return though the riverside villages or I continue to follow the river until the following bridge etc. This ride can take anywhere from four to seven hours depending on offshoots, bridges and traffic as the north side of the river follows what can be a busy carriage way.

As for the &#8216;Sofa Temple’, I never would have found it if it wasn’t for JiangNi, who is found in the photos trying to blend in with the natural environment wearing matching green tshirt and shades. When we sat for lunch in a park I kept losing her amongst the leaves and grass. Thankfully she never made it to the Rice Paddy Temple as if she fell off in the rice field I never would have found her. While we were out riding one time I decided to take her across the river and along the bumpy return track. As it’s not often she gets on a bike naturally after falling off a few times she got a tad pissed at me so I decided it would be best to head down into the riverside village and see what type of road we could find. After passing a rubbish heap that contained (and still does) a used sofa, thankfully we found a small concrete road and within twenty seconds before us was a colourful temple that I have dubbed &#8216;The Sofa Temple’

The &#8216;Rice Paddy/Field Temple’ is found about twenty kilometers up river and I remember when I first saw it I found it so breathtaking that I had to stop. Though it’s old and plain it was an amazing sight across the flushed rice fields so I headed back and down into the village and whilst the ducks played in the rice fields the resident Monk and I shared the peace and quiet over some water. Most of the beautiful old &#8216;entrance’ photo’s are not to either temple, they are in fact entrances to many of the old village residences that can be found all over China.

Beers N Noodles toya…..shane ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by The Beastie Boys The album was &#8216;The Sounds of Science’ ____________________________________________________________

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures


The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

The Rice Field Temple Bike Adventures

Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China Comments (0)

The Market District Snack Adventures

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

Here in China it is all about Snacks!

They are found on almost every street corner of every city, town and village and don’t even get me started on what can be found near bus or train stations and market places. After a huge meal the Chinese usually head outdoors for a digestive stroll throughout which small treats known as 'Snacks’ can be found on most street corners. Most of them are found on the typical Chinese three wheeler portable snack shop or eatery and for those who have never been anywhere in Asia this simply means a three wheeled bike that has been modified into some type of &#8216;portable eatery’.

Some can be found grouped together on the same corner most days and/or nights and others travel around the place from hour to hour to find where the hungriest crowds are.

The photos in this blog were taken most during winter when it was too cold to ride so I would rug up and walk the seven kilometers into the city and most times take a detour through what I call the &#8216;Market District’ in search of a new snack or treat before walking the seven kilometers back to my county. When both travelling and moving schools, the first thing I do in a new city/area is to wonder around without map or plan for the day. For most of it I actually have no idea where I am, in which direction I have been walking and which way is back. This is so I can spend the next half of the day continuing to wonder and hope I spot an area somewhere near where I began. If by mid evening I still have no idea where my sandals have led me I simply hail a taxi and show them my hotel card.

In a split second I am once again found.

Throughout the day I find myself walking through countless &#8216;local markets’ which never seem to become tiresome or boring. Most visitors to China will usually find themselves in the larger touristy markets and never really take the time to find the smaller &#8216;local markets’ that are found in all Chinese neighbourhoods. Most have around twenty to fifty to one or two hundred farmers/sellers/merchants all of whom have benches piled high with fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood. Found amongst them is a wide selection of spices, common goods and live animals on offer and for later those whom are a little squeamish should probably steer clear from.

Besides the above all &#8216;neighbourhood’ markets also offer a large variety of snacks so by the end of the day I normally find that I have tried so many snacks that all I need for dinner is several BBQ sticks and some fruit washed down with a relaxing cold bottle of local beer.

Beers N Noodles toya…..shane

PS: Within the market district here in Shangrao can be found a music school that is housed in a stunning residence of traditional Ming/Qing Dynasty architecture which believe me looks quite out of place but a wonderful find non the less! ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by Santana The album was &#8216;The Best of Santana’ ____________________________________________________________

Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures


Market District Snack Adventures

Market District Snack Adventures

Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China Comments (0)

The Beautiful GuYuan Temple Bike Adventures

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

Welcome to what has become my main ride here in Shangrao. Depending on the weather, this is the ride I do many afternoons each working week.

This ride came about simply by putting together all of my other 'Around the City’ rides which takes me around the entire city and county circumference and if ridden without stop it takes around two and a half hours. That never happens as this is China and there are always new offshoots and snacks to explore.

So on average it takes me around three to four hours. And what wonderful hours they are!

For those who are interested, the ride is the black lines found on the map of Shangrao that I’ve added. I have also penned in the other rides destinations (in circles) that helped me put it together. These rides I’ve previously written blogs about but in this blog I have also added a hyperlink (my links have ** before them) to each so any new readers can actually sit back and enjoy the ride in its completion.

Most of the photos in this rides entry are from last term as this term on weekends I now head much further away from the city, either following the river or heading out into the mountains trying to piece together much longer rides such as my ride **&#8216;Too the Moon Hill’ and my **&#8216;Back from Moon Hill’ rides. Like today take I usually spend around five to six hours riding as I’m yet to find THE road that links them together so I have to continually back track to continue.

I’ve around a month and a half, maybe two months left here in Shangrao so it is doubtful I will find &#8216;The Link’ but hey, it is now around thirty degrees each day so I’m sure I will have a heap of fun trying. For any new foreign teachers here in Shangrao city that love peddles as much as I do, below is a simple break down of my weekday afternoon’s ride and for everyone else, over the next few months I am sure I can put foot to peddle and string together a few more exciting blogs that may help your coffee break pass by wondering why you are there and I am here living the dream….tee hee!

<u>My Leisurely Afternoon City Outskirts Ride</u>

Beginning at the **Number 5 Primary School in Shangrao County, head a few blocks west to where the city begins at Wuyishan Road then cross the Xingjiang River and ride through the rural villages heading east along the river. After the first bridge you will notice across the river the two beautiful ancient pagodas located in the river side ** Twin Pagoda Park. Continue heading east towards the Teachers College where my favourite snack street can found across the Sanjiang River on the eastern outskirts of town where the **Shangrao Concentration Camp can also be found.

Continue riding east and turn left at the next road and after re-cross the Sanjiang River begin heading north east and then turn left where the Crazy Plastic Policeman is. This will take you over the small hill to the main entrance to **Forest Mountain Park. From here continue to follow the Xingjiang River east to the last bridge and if you have time, why not drop into the sleepy and historical **DongYue Temple which is found only a short ride up a small hill (there is a large sign at the turnoff).

Continue following the river road which will take you through a small village and once on the main road turn left and cross the bridge. After crossing turn right at the next main road (left will take you back into the city) and continue until what I have named &#8216;Breast Corner’ which for me makes a nice stop to sit rehydrate and site back and relax for a few minutes whilst enjoying the scenery! Here turn left and head north towards the main yet outer train station and at the only main lights/road turn left and head back towards the city. On the left you will soon come across a large stone archway and here can be found GuYuan Temple which is nestled amongst the trees on one of the only hills this side of the Xingjiang river.

After a relaxing visit take Fenghuang Road down to SanQingshan Road which is the main northern outer road which runs all the way back down to Wuyishan Road (the western outer road where this ride began) which also passes **Long Tan Lake Park. Then head back to **Shangrao County for a well needed cold beer and rest and yes family and friends, that is the lovely JiangNi being cute with her phone and across the road deliciously buying snacks!

Beers N Noodles toya…..shane PS: if the Hypertext is highlighting only ONE WORD then it is Travelpod's link. All my links have ** before them. ___________________________________________________________

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

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


GuYan Temple Bike Adventures

GuYan Temple Bike Adventures


Shangrao Map

Shangrao Map

Posted by eddakath 17:00 Archived in China Comments (0)