Friday, February 3, 2017

Journey to China 2016

 Never knew how much I love to see the Ancestral Temple of Foshan
 My hometown Foshan is located in the northern area of the Pearl river basin, 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Guangzhou, China. Last autumn-early morning-it's all still and quiet- it's a magical moment. 
With a long history dating back to approximately 5,000 years, the city gained its name from the three Buddha statues unearthed in this area in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Having a temperate climate with abundant rainfall, it has been a land of fish and rice. Besides fishing and farming, the local craftsmen were also known for their skills in making ceramics. Thriving handicraft industries, commerce, and the arts made Foshan one of the four most famous towns in Tang and Song (960-1279) dynasties. It has a reputation as the home of Chinese ceramic arts, Cantonese operas and martial arts. Step into a world of rich culture and history and discover how this very site was the coveted jewel in the crown when it comes to the preservation of Chinese arts that has influenced the rest of the world.
 Chinese lanterns
Lucky prayer tree
 Temple Garden
 Wanlu Lake
Wanlu Lake
My ancestral home in LongChuan County,Guangdong.
Poem written on ancestral home in LongChuan by an uncle.
 Ancestral home in LongChuan
 Rice paddy in Longchuan
 Preparing a feast at ancestral home in LongChuan
Stuffed tofu, a regional specialty
Fried barbecue pork rind 
 Southern China water chestnet
Produce from the southern China market
Guangdong Dim-Sum
 Field trip to Suzhou
 Reading ten thousand books is not as useful as traveling ten thousand miles. ~ Chinese proverb
Ancient city gateway into Suzhou
 Suzhou and an amazing water village
 Suzhou and an amazing water village
 Ancient garden in Suzhou
Taisi water garden in Suzhou
  A rainy day in Hungzhou, west lake.
 Fellow travelers visiting ancient town in Heyuan county
 Relaxing at Suzhou hotel
Renshou Pagoda, Foshan, China

All photos by Shijun & Charles Munns

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