A beautiful and relaxing day in Quanzhou, Fujian, at the beginning of April. Good life with Becky!
Like every year around Tomb Sweeping Festival (Qingming Jie) the weather around Fuzhou was rainy and pretty unpredictable. We got up at least 3 times at 6am to go to Quanzhou but as it was raining, we ended up going back to sleep every time! But finally one morning the sky was clear and blue, so we took the fast train south and enjoyed a wonderful day in Quanzhou! I really enjoyed this city and wouldn't mind going back in the future for more hiking. Quanzhou is like a little Fuzhou. The fact that it is much smaller than Fuzhou makes it very convenient to get around. People seem very laid-back and we didn't witness any traffic jam... It's also possible to get to the surrounded mountains within 15 minutes from downtown: really nice!
I hope you enjoy the pictures of the main temple in Quanzhou (Kai yuan Si) and the mountains above Quanzhou (Qing Yuan Shan).
LAO ZI, FOUNDER OF TAOISM
IN THE AIR OF GUSHAN, FUZHOU
KAI YUAN SI PAGODAIt was originally built in 685 or 686 during the Tang Dynasty but was rebuilt by the Tamil Hindu community in the city in the late 13th century who dedicated it to Lord Shiva.
INSIDE KAI YUAN SI, AN 800-YEAR OLD TREE
Locals speak Hokkien, a variety of Min Nan similar to Amoy (spoken in Xiamen) and Taiwanese. It is essentially the same as the dialect spoken in Xiamen and Zhangzhou, and is unintelligible with Standard Chinese (Mandarin). Many overseas Chinese whose ancestors came from the Quanzhou area, especially those in Southeast Asia, often speak mainly Hokkien at home. The local speak Minnan language which is called Taiwanese in Taiwan. Around the triangle area, which are Quanzhou, Xiamen and Zhangzhou, locals all speak Minnan language. The language they speak is same but has different intonations.THE CARVING AND CHINESE.