A Travellerspoint blog

October 2019

Zhujiayu village

I took the city bus all the way across the city to Zhujiayu village. It is 4000 years old, but most of the buildings are probably 500 years old or less. The streets are from the Ming dynasty, whenever that is. There was a 2.5 km walk from the bus stop on the high way to the village. By the time I got there, the ticket office was closed, so I got in free!

But then there were no lights at all anywhere inside. I had to stumble around in the dark to find my homestay. Eventually I found some sort of restaurant that was open and they called the owner for me. He came to get me and made me dinner of fried fish, eggs and tomatoes.
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Wenchang Pavilion, a place where people worshipped Confucious before their first day of school every year.

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The famous elementary school. (Only for boys, obviously)

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Old street with two tracks. I wonder how long these old people have been selling their crap alongside it.

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There are lots of arched bridges such as this in the town. It's used as a movie set for many Chinese historical movies. They make a TON of them.

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Famous Kanxi overpass. Built in 1670 ish. It's apparently the first in the world to have a design like this. One road going over another road.

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Corn drying on the side of the road. I like to see that, it's neat.
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That dog followed me around for a while. Maybe I smelled like snacks...

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Under Wenchang Pavilion
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Giant portrait of Mao circa 1966
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More archways near my homestay
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In the morning I hiked up the little hill near the village. I took my tea and was sipping it at the temple at the top. Some ladies had the same idea and they invited me to follow them down with them. They showed me a nice place to have breakfast. I was glad to meet them. I had some "tofu jiang" (soy milk) and "baozi" (steam bun) with locally grown pumpkin inside. Best baozi I've ever had in my entire life. All for one Canadian dollar.

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Kangxi overpass
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The view from the top of the hill.

Posted by baixing 18:00 Archived in China Tagged shandong zhujiayu Comments (0)

A weekend in Jinan

Well, I was going to visit Leigh in his town Linyi, but I found out he lied to me about having "soooo much cleaning to do" on Friday night. He was actually on a date with some Chinese woman. Fine, but why lie? So he is dead to me now.

I went to Jinan instead and toured around "the city of springs". So, here we go!

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Five Dragon Pool Park. This is the natural colour of the water apparently. It comes from deep below the city.

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This is my annoying neighbour. He has gotten permission to set up a DJ booth outside of my bank???? It's very loud and very annoying. Everytime I want to make a withdrawal I have to walk through his stupid rave.

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I took a boat ride around Da Ming Lake, just like the princesses and princes did in all the previous dynasties.

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Boat tour
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I paid 70 yuan just to see these bubbles. Baotu Spring used to be a geyser but now it's just some bubbles which may or may not be mechanically produced. Not worth it.
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This is Wang Chi spring. It was the place the prince would bathe. Now, no one does.

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Wang Chi Spring
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Yet another spring. Black Tiger Spring comes out of three Tiger heads. It is possible to swim here, but I forgot my bathing suit that day.

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The boat I was on
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It was full.
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As it always is in China.
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Just an old mosque, not very interesting inside.
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Our boat went up and down two small locks.
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This is thousand buddha mountain. But I didn't see many buddhas. They are supposed to be carved into the rocks hundreds of years ago, but all I saw were newly installed sculptures.
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A bridge on the boat ride.
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The view from the top of the mountain.
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Crowded boat
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Willow trees everywhere
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Top of the mountain
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Breakfast of "tofu nar" before the big hike.

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Relaxing Xuzhou Trip

I spent the weekend auditing the Hyatt Regency in Xuzhou and then on Sunday I had time to circumnavigate a large lake.
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There was a quite obviously artificial beach at one end and lots of old people swimming long distances from the swimming club nearby.
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My hotel was that big tall one to the right of the photo.
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I had to order takeout to do my audit, so I ate it at the beach for lunch.
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That is some sort of opera house.
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Darien Lake twice for Smashing Pumpkins and Beck

I managed to go to two concerts this summer at Darien Lake. It was great fun. Once by myself (Smashing Pumpkins and Noel Gallagher) and once with my mom (Beck and Cage the Elephant)

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Adirondacks with Dave

I'm too lazy to write a whole story so here are the photos.

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Dai Temple

I just moved to Tai'An and had no job. My recruiter hired too many people and I was the last to show up. So, she gave all of my classes away. I was effectively placed in a holding cell, which is my boss' extra apartment. It was beautiful with a huge kitchen, but I was bored. I did one restaurant review with Jerry, my temporary roommate. He didn't have a job either until Oct. 8, when he moved to the medical college in town. I was supposed to be working at Shandong Economic and Finance University, but that job was given away to someone else also.

Anywho, in the morning, I got myself a new SIM card and phone number (with data plan!!!) so that I could use the share bikes and Chinese Uber. Maybe even a couple of maps every once in a while. I had nothing to do all day so I walked the 6 km down to the temple. I spent the rest of the afternoon poking around at really old statues and tombs, which reminded me of Athens.

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