A Travellerspoint blog

November 2012

Happy Eastern Village Smurf Adventures

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

Cute as buttons, every one of them. Those little Chinese buttons with the Forever Happy symbol on them.

To the east, over the river, through the mountains and a little to the left of Dexing City are the villages of Hua Qiao and Xin Ying and found within are some of the most adorable and happy children I’ve ever been chased around a village by. The first time I visited (or found) the villages they were gathered around the center village stage/square and once they spotted me they screamed, ran to the back of the stage and hid behind their mothers and grandmothers.

After checking out the Ancestral Temple I slowly made my way across the small square and sat to watch the Village Women practice their Drum Dancing.

Slowly, like curious mice the children gathered their strength (in numbers) and quietly crept forward to take a closer look at the other curious creature sitting opposite them. I could hear them discussing my 'big nose’ and strange ‘wide eyes’ after which they began edging forward even further, so I waited until they were at the actual edge of the stage before I told them they had small noses and strange little eyes.

Silence filled the air as they all turned to look at each other, the women broke into a chorus of laughter and when joined by that of the children the village sounded like choir of happiness.

For the following hour they showed me all of the ancient homes and then we stopped to rest at the village store and snacked on tofu sticks, chili tofu and the local cola that was by far much sweeter than Coke has ever been. Somehow me informing them that I was about to leave turned into another hours fun and adventure playing Hide and Seek as they’d grab my bike to stop me from leaving, race off and I’d have to ride around searching for them and once found they’d race back to the village square in fits of laughter awaiting the next game.

I’ve returned to the Eastern Villages Full of Happy Smurfs several times but none of the following came anywhere near to topping that first adventure.

Beers N Noodles toya…..shane ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by LUSH The album was ‘Spooky’ ____________________________________________________________

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That's How I Roll Baby, All The Way Up Pagoda Hill

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya,

Dude, wait for us! Hey Foreign Dude please stop!

About a month after moving to Dexing, whilst slogging my way to the top of Pagoda Hill I met Johnny (Zhaung Min) and his riding buddy Tom. The next day they introduced me to the Dexing Merida Bike Club, well some of them anyhow. All up there are around eighty members many of which reside in small towns in the surrounding area. I’m not actually sure if they have ever gathered 'as a whole’ for a ride as normally someone comes up with a destination, sends an email/text and those willing and able gather at Point A, ride to Point B and then return.

Ages range from mid twenties to late fifties. Those I’ve met are strong and very healthy, not matter what the age.

On a good weekend some ride between one hundred to two hundred kilometers but I’m unsure of how often that really happens. One of their favourite destinations is Shangrao City (the city I lived in for one year prior to here) and they ride there several times a year (two hundred kilometer return journey). The pattern that I actually do see is those who live in Dexing town ride the twenty to thirty kilometers to another group’s town and they all ride back to Dexing and after a big dinner the ‘Far Flung Group’ then ride back to their home town.

A fair deal if there ever was one!

Over the past month I’ve joined The Merida’s on several rides but they all have extremely clean and expensive bikes, therefore no off road riding and even though I have enjoyed the company I doubt I'll join them often. Long distance road riding with a million buses, trucks and cars (all with loud horns) along with dust and exhaust fumes really isn’t my saddle bag baby.

Strangely though, none of the above seem to bother any of them.

One family owns the local Merida bike store, another owns the XDS bike store and several others own stores that sell a variety of brands. I believe three to four thousand Yuan would be a fair price to quote for the average bike they ride, others will have paid well over five thousand Yuan and my little gem is worth a huge nine hundred Yuan and hasn't been washed since I purchased it two months ago.

Unlike their gleaming machines!

After our first meal together they asked me why I rarely clean my bike and they didn't understand it when I answered that it will be as dirty after tomorrows six hour ride in the fields BUT sometimes I actually do throw it in the river and swish it around for awhile.

Then I got to say it! For those wondering what IT is; I got t use the line, ‘That’s how I roll baby!’

<u>The Pagoda Hill & Temple Lake Ride</u>

This was my first ride found here in Dexing town and it wasn’t a hard ride to find as the pagoda sitting upon Jinshan Mountain was the first thing I spotted upon arrival at the beginning of September. Jinshan Pagoda is found in the northern outskirts of town and is only a five minute ride from my school. The ride up is a long one as the road snakes its way around the mountain but upon arrival the top floor of the pagoda offers splendid three hundred and sixty degree views of Temple Lake, Dexing Town and the surrounding mountains.

The temple on the other hand I found by surprise.

I was exploring the small mountain back roads and villages and I came upon what I thought was a small village temple and being the temple kind of guy I am I stopped to check it out. The front temple (not in the photos) was obviously a very small old village temple but it wasn’t until the ancient lady showed me to the rear of the first temple that I discovered there was actually a temple complex to be found at its rear.

An absolute perfect example of why I choose to live and ride in such small places!

At the rear of Temple Lake there is now much construction happening and as to what its outcome maybe I am unsure and nor can anyone tell me. To me it looks like they are building an entire new temple complex but it could also be a temple like retreat, a temple like lake side shopping complex or even a temple like hotel etc as very near they are also constructing what looks like what will be a very expensive apartment complex or what my gut tells me is happening;

Another new &#8216;ancient town’ for tourism purposes! Beers N Noodles toya…..shane ___________________________________________________________

The soundtrack to this entry was by Enigma The album was &#8216;Mystic Mixes’ ____________________________________________________________

Pagoda Hill &#38;amp; Temple Lake Ride

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Pagoda Hill &#38;amp; Temple Lake Ride

Pagoda Hill &#38;amp; Temple Lake Ride


Pagoda Hill &#38;amp; Temple Lake Ride

Pagoda Hill &#38;amp; Temple Lake Ride

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