Sunday, September 20, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Since I am already here in Guangzhou waiting for my return flight to Malaysia on the next day, I might just as well explore the city and some famous places. The pedestrian-only street or also call Beijing Road a.k.a. Beijing Lu in Chinese is one of the city's attraction. To me it's like a China Town in any other city or country where crowds walk around shopping and window shopping. But this is already China. I really don't know what I am supposed to do around here. I am like a lost child with no specific direction to go. Just walk to one end and return to the same place again from where I started. It didn't take me long before I make up my decision to walk back to the subway station to return to my hostel.
I have a lot of Malaysian friends who comes regularly to Guangzhou for shopping and business. Even the Chinese comes to Guangzhou. That's makes me wonder.. Is Guangzhou a place for me ?
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
And the train at the subway is also very frequent, and you don't have to rush for them every time you are there. If you missed one, another will be coming by in just a few minutes. And the trains can take you to most of the popular tourist spot. And in Guangzhou, I prefer to travel by metro train as they are clean and efficient.
And during my free time I like to sit by the river be it during the day or night time. Both have different feel. I especially like to watch the sunset at the pier, and feel the lovely wind blowing during the night. Standing by the river watching tall buildings with neon light remind me of my Shanghai trip at The Bund.
The hostel not only provide free wifi service at the lobby, they also provide 3 stars bed rooms. And they use card system as lock. And the only problem I faced during my stay is they don't have any tourist friendly restaurants or stalls around, unless you speak Cantonese or mandarin. But if you enjoy drinking. the beer street is just next door. There are lots of KTV lounge, pubs and night clubs all along the street.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Xiamen University is nearby my hostel too. And there are a lot of buses passes by everyday. So I have no problem with transportation while staying around there. And everyone knows Xiamen University since Xiamen is just a small island.
They have everything from lake, hotel, cafeteria, hostel, libraries, sports complex and etc. For more details, kindly click 'Xiamen University".
Friday, September 4, 2009
A tulou 土楼 or "earthen building", is a traditional communal residence in the Fujian province of Southern China, usually of a circular configuration surrounding a central shrine. These vernacular structures were occupied by clan groups.
Although most tulou were of earthen construction, the definition "tulou" is a broadly descriptive label for a building type and does not indicate construction type. Some were constructed of cut granite or had substantial walls of fired brick. Most large-scale tulou seen today were built of a composite of earth, sand, and lime known as sanhetu rather than just earth.
The famous Fujian Tulou, designated as UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008, is a small and specialized subgroup of tulou, and are known for their unique shape, large scale, and ingenious structure. There are more than 20,000 tulou in southern Fujian. Approximately 3,000 of them are Fujian Tulou, that is 15% of tulou belongs to Fujian Tulou category - by wikipedia.
Visiting tulou is a must if you are in Fujian or Xiamen. The scenery was beyond my expectation. The location is up at the mountains and it is impossible to visit this place on your own as you need to move from our place to another accompanied by a tour guide. The price we paid was worth the value of the tour.
What you see from the outside is totally a different picture inside. The first time I enter the tolou, my mouth open in surprise. It's amazing they have so many people staying in this circular building with multi storeys. The ground floor is usually the kitchen hall or a sundry shop. And the upper floors are the bed rooms. They even have a well for water consumption in each house.
In the center of those clusters are the playing area, a market place and places where they rare poultry. To me this place is very unique and you don't get to see them in any other places. There are many tulous in Fujian and we only visit one of the the villages.