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Travel Report: Xunpu Oyster Village, China.

February 2018. I find it reassuring that even after all these years Lonely Planet still comes up with some great recommendations. Indeed it was my China LP that suggested I check out Xunpu Oyster Village, a small community perched on the edge of Quanzhou City. However, our trip didn’t get off to the best start. […]

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Travel Report: Qingjing Mosque – Quanzhou, China.

February 2018. Qingjing Mosque is China’s second oldest mosque and a major pilgrimage point for the country’s Muslim community. Dating back to 1009, all you can see today is a garden complex of ruins located on Tumen Street just a five-minute walk from Guandi Temple.  On the day of our visit we came across a lone […]

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Travel Report: Guandi Temple – Quanzhou, China.

February 2018. As with most Chinese cities, there are plenty of temples scattered around Quanzhou. I consider myself something of a temple veteran, therefore I decided to limit myself to the magnificent Guandi Temple on Tumen Street.  Guandi Temple stands in honour to Guan Yu, a Three Kingdoms general known as The Taoist God of War. Yu […]

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Travel Report: Chongwu Town, China.

February 2018. The ancient, walled community of Chongwu Town is fascinatingly situated in southeastern China’s Fujian province. Look on a map and you’ll literally see it perched right on a peninsula jutting out into The Taiwan Strait. Chongwu is often referred to as an ancient city. However, in reality this place is little more than […]

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Travel Report: Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park Beach, China.

February 2018. It had been a fascinating afternoon for Wonderboy and I exploring Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park and its weird and wonderful compound of stone sculptures. Now, armed with umbrellas in the slanting rain, all that was left to do was take the steps down to the pretty Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park Beach.  The weather […]

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Travel Report: Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park, China.

February 2018. The only reason to make the trek out to the isolated town of Chongwu in China’s Fujian Province is for a visit to the fascinating Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park. This curious compound of stone sculptures sits between a stretch of ancient walls and a pretty strip of beach overlooking The Taiwan Strait. The […]

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Travel Report: The Forbidden City, Beijing.

April 2010. Home to a succession of Chinese emperors, The Forbidden City served as the political heart of China for over five hundred years. Virtually unrivalled in scale and grandeur, some historians claim this is Planet Earth’s largest palace complex! It’s certainly China’s biggest compound of ancient buildings, with over nine hundred temples, pavilions, halls, […]

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Travel Report: Shangdi, Beijing.

The sleepy, unremarkable Beijing neighbourhood of Shangdi in Haidian District stands as the dictionary definition of a non-place. There is very little to see and even less to do. As a result, very few foreigners pass through Shangdi. And yet somehow, this is where I lived for two years teaching English at a tiny language school […]

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