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2013 Feb by Jorge Sanchez
My train arrived very late in the night to Fuzhou and I had to look for a moderated priced hotel in the same railway station.
In the morning I asked for the old part of the city, since Fuzhou is the capital of the historical province of Fujian. And I was sent to a pedestrian street with many stalls selling food (mainly sweet and sour litchi pork), where I had breakfast.
Fuzhou, in the past, was known as the city with three lanes and seven paths, and that street and narrow lanes around were the remains of the old three lanes and seven paths.
That area was very alive with many tourists, all Chinese, I did not find a single foreigner.
In many Chinese cities there is a historic and touristic street where you can find many nice restaurants and interesting shops.
In that pedestrian street I learnt, thanks to a map hanged in one wall that crossing the River Min there was a historic Catholic Cathedral erected by the Spaniards long ago.
I, being proud of my nationality, immediately walked to that place and finally, after asking in a small catholic church on the way, one of the priests accompanied me with his car to the Saint Dominic Cathedral.
I was most welcome, and even the priests thanked me for the fact of being Spanish since that cathedral was founded by Spanish Dominican friars in the year 1864. I was told that the friars arrived to Fuzhou from the Philippines,
During the Cultural Revolution the Cathedral was closed and used for other purposes, and it was reopened years later.
The Cathedral is now listed among the major cultural relics of the Fujian Province
After that pleasant visit one of the priests accompanied me with his car to the railway station, and some hours later I took a night train to Hangzhou, in Zhejiang province..............................................................................................
FUJIAN TULOU: I travelled to Longyan in order to visit the 46 houses of the Hakkas, considered by UNESCO a Patrimony of the Humankind.
In fact there are over 3.000 such houses in Fujian province, but only 46 have been selected by UNESCO.
I left Shanghai in the morning, by train, and only reached Longyan at about 7 PM. I looked for a cheap hotel (I ended up paying 80 yuan for a single room) and early the next morning I traveled to the entry to the site with the help of a motorbike with driver, for a price agreed. I bought a ticket in a control that allowed me to visit several such tulous, five in total, but in other tulou I had to pay more money to visit, although I refused and visited only those five included in my ticket.
People inside were very nice. They had made shops inside the tulou and offered you from food to tea and souvenirs. Even to visit other floors of the tulou you had to pay extra money. They also had temples where regular ceremonies were performed.
Those original tulou, or earthen houses, built for defence reasons and inhabited for about 800 people each, had several centuries of antiquity, being the first ones erected during the XII century. They reminded me the bullfighting arenas, in Spain.
The place seemed to me fantastic. The motorcycle driver took me to a panorama place from where you had a breathtaking view over a complex of tulou.
I had lunch in one of these tulou and in the middle of the afternoon I returned with the motorcycle to Longyan in order to continue my journey across China, heading to Sancian island (also known as Shangchuan), where Spanish jesuit saint Francisco Javier died in the XVI century. |
2006 Dec by Veikko Huhtala*
We arrived to Yingtan town (Jiagxi Province) from northeast town Hangzhou. In Yingtan we changed to other train which was going to Fuzhou in Fujian province. However we did not go all the way to Fuzhou, but stopped in smaller Fujian town called Shaowu. Travel time to Shaowu was about three an hours and we had four an hours time to stay before first train back to Yingtan was leaving. |