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And finally.

 

On the Friday morning, we arranged a late start at 9:30, but I woke long before that, as is my habit, and after a quick breakfast .of oil tea, steamed bread, boiled egg etc, I headed out into the cold early morning and wandered around the hotel grounds. Apart from a river view and a bizarre (but common) mangling of my native tongue, there wasn't much to see.

 

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So, I returned to hotel, put on more clothes and examined some of the artwork around the foyer as I waited for the others to join me.

 

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Eventually, everyone arrived and we headed into the town centre, which was but a stone's throw away. We started at Sanjiang Wind and Rain Bridge. Unfortunately we were unable to visit the best such bridge, that at Chenyang village. Although it is sometimes said to be ancient, the current bridge was actually erected in 1916 after the previous one was swept away in an exceptionally severe flood.

There is only one road to that bridge and it is un-passable at the moment as they are resurfacing and widening it. As I've said before elsewhere, the bridge is made entirely without nails and apart from the concrete pillars on which it rests is all wooden.

 

Here is Chengyang Bridge

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But as we couldn't get there, we made do with Sanjiang Bridge.  I was disappointed because I know several people in that village and had hoped to see them. Next time!

 

The Sanjiang bridge is made in the traditional way, but non-traditionally is a road bridge on one of the main roads out of town.

 

5a26b2357f476_IMG_7205(Large).thumb.jpg.612ad9876ba720c92cd6c6e17b44aaff.jpg

 

5a26b10e07dd1_20171201_081905(Large).thumb.jpg.2469556d06f55fedb735b804894a8c6b.jpg

 

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We strolled across the bridge, which is only seven years old and went to a Dong culture museum. Perhaps the most interesting exhibit is a mock-up of a Dong wooden house interior.

 

5a26b3ac97d07_20171201_110019(Large).thumb.jpg.90d0f6aa3bc94e0568dd8ce2850916e5.jpg

Bedroom

 

5a26b3b27c90c_20171201_110026(Large).thumb.jpg.1280d1c1be34a9cf3ea3f3a2839df3b5.jpg

Belongings

 

5a26b3a520043_20171201_110048(Large).thumb.jpg.ac4ea8c2edd1bf54659f97ee17875447.jpg

Kitchen

 

5a26b4d909607_20171201_110057(Large).thumb.jpg.1d9f2ef80421605d3390f16135775c4f.jpg

Dining Room

 

5a26b4d55669a_20171201_110116(Large).thumb.jpg.7c67a11398cc2207ba59beeaad128f39.jpg

Granary

 

Although this is a recreation of a Dong home, I have stayed in many real homes and this is an accurate simulation.

 

Then we went to see this. The town's drum tower. Again a totally wooden structure with no nails.

5a26b670801ed_IMG_7238(Large).thumb.jpg.8ffdd6523b1491756f2bb2749a50959c.jpg

 

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Looking up inside.

 

By now it was almost time for lunch, but first a visit to a teashop, where we sampled some excellent teas and some of us made purchases. I came away with this.

 

5a26b741da5e9_20171201_140311(Large).thumb.jpg.a12cf8100ad97e1fc5ca51c07e283887.jpg

 

This is 虫宝茶  chóng bǎo chá, literally insect treasure tea. The treasure is that it is insect excrement. The bugs, caterpillars of a type of moth, eat the tea leaves and when they come out the other end the droppings are gathered and dried, then used to make a refreshing cup of tea! They are mixed with regular undigested tea. It is considered medicinal and effective against stomach complaints. I tried a cup before buying this jar. It tasted like tea but with a sort of fungal taste in the background. Not bad.

 

Then lunch:

 

5a26b8f394eba_20171201_122852(Large).thumb.jpg.65ab63c5930908f1c6b638a8b789ec30.jpg

Again, as required, we started with oil tea.

 

5a26b900c97da_20171201_122934(Large).thumb.jpg.2f98815965c003ef08d2da3d2da67a2d.jpg

Fish hotpot

 

5a26b8ee00abf_20171201_123226(Large).thumb.jpg.a830ee9b5efa1a140b707532ebf603b0.jpg

Tofu to add to the fish hotpot

 

5a26b9943c341_20171201_123216(Large).thumb.jpg.85dec4212f65d42332474ce569dc0978.jpg

Steamed chicken with its offal.

 

5a26b9bd0e168_20171201_122910(Large).thumb.jpg.eecbf9080496768c2084c0d77f7ea13e.jpg

Some kind of pork and vegetable dish. It was strange.

 

5a26b9e853f18_20171201_123054(Large).thumb.jpg.b8497f1f622ef8190f1b7da7eaf38c33.jpg

Shrimp

 

5a26bad7b27a4_20171201_123817(Large).thumb.jpg.0616df29d6e02802c1cae4379722523f.jpg

Mixed vegetable

 

5a26bad9d35be_20171201_123912(Large).thumb.jpg.89d76d7e1317e3e49d5b95dfa6ed464e.jpg

Taro

 

Then we saw the diplomats off by high speed trains and headed back home - a three hour drive. But not before another brief shopping trip here.

 

5a26bbb01d740_IMG_7254(Large).thumb.jpg.fde5ed33499e8e627404c75a80a25d7d.jpg

 

where we met this ugly and not very intelligent chap who was doing his best to mate with a traffic cone.

 

5a26bba946750_IMG_7260(Large).thumb.jpg.701ff990cada728570ec52ac674e6c8e.jpg

 

and I bought a big mushroom. Ganoderma.

 

5a26bad2a0655_20171201_150102(Large).thumb.jpg.b99217b4d519c470d149b09238e91939.jpg

 

Back home, we were peckish again so hit the local hotel restaurant for a nice bowl of the city's speciality - luosifen (螺蛳粉 luó sī fěn) . Snail noodles. Then home.

 

20171201_193340 (Large).jpg

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and met some nice people.

liuzhou

liuzhou

And finally.

 

On the Friday morning, we arranged a late start at 9:30, but I woke long before that, as is my habit, and after a quick breakfast .of oil tea, steamed bread, boiled egg etc, I headed out into the cold early morning and wandered around the hotel grounds. Apart from a river view and a bizarre (but common) mangling of my native tongue, there wasn't much to see.

 

5a26a5d4868c8_IMG_7200(Large).thumb.jpg.2a0c0947ad9f5e59ceb466b19ecf805b.jpg

 

5a26a55020007_20171201_090640(Large).thumb.jpg.4a84ffa112685ce95ebab1d977027d96.jpg

 

So, I returned to hotel, put on more clothes and examined some of the artwork around the foyer as I waited for the others to join me.

 

5a26a536b9ba1_20171201_091022(Large).thumb.jpg.56b5c0e8c4c65df51cbbbc113a054449.jpg

 

5a26a5e197b62_20171201_090019(Large).thumb.jpg.4fc554b5b3c5698596f78c1f20a43816.jpg

 

5a26a5e6ac35b_20171201_090153(Large).thumb.jpg.b05b27370766b8dfd29215f5e9077641.jpg

 

Eventually, everyone arrived and we headed into the town centre, which was but a stone's throw away. We started at Sanjiang Wind and Rain Bridge. Unfortunately we were unable to visit the best such bridge, that at Chenyang village. Although it is sometimes said to be ancient, the current bridge was actually erected in 1916 after the previous one was swept away in an exceptionally severe flood.

There is only one road to  that bridge and it is un-passable at the moment as they are resurfacing and widening it. As I've said before elsewhere, the bridge is made entirely without nails and apart from the concrete pillars on which it rests is all wooden.

 

Here is Chengyang Bridge

5a26afdd86781_Chengyangqiao_Guangxi_China.thumb.jpg.8271425459892d07063901e22d820c74.jpg

 

But as we couldn't get there, we made do with Sanjiang Bridge.  I was disappointed because I know several people in that village and had hoped to see them. Next time!

 

The Sanjiang bridge is made in the traditional way, but non-traditionally is a road bridge on one of the main roads out of town.

 

5a26b2357f476_IMG_7205(Large).thumb.jpg.612ad9876ba720c92cd6c6e17b44aaff.jpg

 

5a26b10e07dd1_20171201_081905(Large).thumb.jpg.2469556d06f55fedb735b804894a8c6b.jpg

 

5a26b10a760c2_20171201_082121(Large).thumb.jpg.5032579f5d4062eb0612caa8aac5f7c6.jpg

 

5a26b111c98f3_20171201_082055(Large).thumb.jpg.26e328ce27c361dc6accbc839b58ba67.jpg

 

We strolled across the bridge, which is only seven years old and went to a Dong culture museum. Perhaps the most interesting exhibit is a mock-up of a Dong wooden house interior.

 

5a26b3ac97d07_20171201_110019(Large).thumb.jpg.90d0f6aa3bc94e0568dd8ce2850916e5.jpg

Bedroom

 

5a26b3b27c90c_20171201_110026(Large).thumb.jpg.1280d1c1be34a9cf3ea3f3a2839df3b5.jpg

Belongings

 

5a26b3a520043_20171201_110048(Large).thumb.jpg.ac4ea8c2edd1bf54659f97ee17875447.jpg

Kitchen

 

5a26b4d909607_20171201_110057(Large).thumb.jpg.1d9f2ef80421605d3390f16135775c4f.jpg

Dining Room

 

5a26b4d55669a_20171201_110116(Large).thumb.jpg.7c67a11398cc2207ba59beeaad128f39.jpg

Granary

 

Although this is a recreation of a Dong home, I have stayed in many real homes and this is an accurate simulation.

 

Then we went to see this. The town's drum tower. Again a totally wooden structure with no nails.

5a26b670801ed_IMG_7238(Large).thumb.jpg.8ffdd6523b1491756f2bb2749a50959c.jpg

 

5a26b6569d9d4_IMG_7240(Large).thumb.jpg.990ffd792a13a4bf67a960711a0a85ea.jpg

Looking up inside.

 

By now it was almost time for lunch, but first a visit to a teashop, where we sampled some excellent teas and some of us made purchases. I came away with this.

 

5a26b741da5e9_20171201_140311(Large).thumb.jpg.a12cf8100ad97e1fc5ca51c07e283887.jpg

 

This is 虫宝茶  chóng bǎo chá, literally insect treasure tea. The treasure is that it is insect excrement. The bugs, caterpillars of a type of moth, eat the tea leaves and when they come out the other end the droppings are gathered and dried, then used to make a refreshing cup of tea! They are mixed with regular undigested tea. It is considered medicinal and effective against stomach complaints. I tried a cup before buying this jar. It tasted like tea but with a sort of fungal taste in the background. Not bad.

 

Then lunch:

 

5a26b8f394eba_20171201_122852(Large).thumb.jpg.65ab63c5930908f1c6b638a8b789ec30.jpg

Again, as required, we started with oil tea.

 

5a26b900c97da_20171201_122934(Large).thumb.jpg.2f98815965c003ef08d2da3d2da67a2d.jpg

Fish hotpot

 

5a26b8ee00abf_20171201_123226(Large).thumb.jpg.a830ee9b5efa1a140b707532ebf603b0.jpg

Tofu to add to the fish hotpot

 

5a26b9943c341_20171201_123216(Large).thumb.jpg.85dec4212f65d42332474ce569dc0978.jpg

Steamed chicken with its offal.

 

5a26b9bd0e168_20171201_122910(Large).thumb.jpg.eecbf9080496768c2084c0d77f7ea13e.jpg

Some kind of pork and vegetable dish. It was strange.

 

5a26b9e853f18_20171201_123054(Large).thumb.jpg.b8497f1f622ef8190f1b7da7eaf38c33.jpg

Shrimp

 

5a26bad7b27a4_20171201_123817(Large).thumb.jpg.0616df29d6e02802c1cae4379722523f.jpg

Mixed vegetable

 

5a26bad9d35be_20171201_123912(Large).thumb.jpg.89d76d7e1317e3e49d5b95dfa6ed464e.jpg

Taro

 

Then we saw the diplomats off by high speed trains and headed back home - a three hour drive. But not before another brief shopping trip here.

 

5a26bbb01d740_IMG_7254(Large).thumb.jpg.fde5ed33499e8e627404c75a80a25d7d.jpg

 

where we met this ugly and not very intelligent chap who was doing his best to mate with a traffic cone.

 

5a26bba946750_IMG_7260(Large).thumb.jpg.701ff990cada728570ec52ac674e6c8e.jpg

 

and I bought a big mushroom. Ganoderma.

 

5a26bad2a0655_20171201_150102(Large).thumb.jpg.b99217b4d519c470d149b09238e91939.jpg

 

Back home, we were peckish again so hit the local hotel restaurant for a nice bowl of the city's speciality - luosifen (螺蛳粉 luó sī fěn) . Snail noodles. Then home.

 

20171201_193340 (Large).jpg

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and met some nice people.

liuzhou

liuzhou

And finally.

 

On the Friday morning, we arranged a late start at 9:30, but I woke long before that, as is my habit, and after a quick breakfast .of oil yea, steamed bread, boiled egg etc, I headed out into the cold early morning and wandered around the hotel grounds. Apart from a river view and a bizarre (but common) mangling of my native tongue, there wasn't much to see.

 

5a26a5d4868c8_IMG_7200(Large).thumb.jpg.2a0c0947ad9f5e59ceb466b19ecf805b.jpg

 

5a26a55020007_20171201_090640(Large).thumb.jpg.4a84ffa112685ce95ebab1d977027d96.jpg

 

So, I returned to hotel, put on more clothes and examined some of the artwork around the foyer as I waited for the others to join me.

 

5a26a536b9ba1_20171201_091022(Large).thumb.jpg.56b5c0e8c4c65df51cbbbc113a054449.jpg

 

5a26a5e197b62_20171201_090019(Large).thumb.jpg.4fc554b5b3c5698596f78c1f20a43816.jpg

 

5a26a5e6ac35b_20171201_090153(Large).thumb.jpg.b05b27370766b8dfd29215f5e9077641.jpg

 

Eventually, everyone arrived and we headed into the town centre, which was but a stone's throw away. We started at Sanjiang Wind and Rain Bridge. Unfortunately we were unable to visit the best such bridge, that at Chenyang village. Although it is sometimes said to be ancient, the current bridge was actually erected in 1916 after the previous one was swept away in an exceptionally sever flood. There is only one road to  that bridge and it is un-passable at the moment as they are resurfacing and widening it. Here is a picture of Chengyang bridge. As I've said before  elsewhere the bridge is made entirely without nails and apart from the concrete pillars on which it rests is all wooden.

 

Here is Chengyang Bridge

5a26afdd86781_Chengyangqiao_Guangxi_China.thumb.jpg.8271425459892d07063901e22d820c74.jpg

 

But as we couldn't get there.  we made do with Sanjiang Bridge.  I was disappointed because I know several people in that village and had hoped to see them. Next time!

 

The Sanjiang bridge is made in the traditional way, but non-traditionally is a road bridge on one of the main roads out of town.

 

5a26b2357f476_IMG_7205(Large).thumb.jpg.612ad9876ba720c92cd6c6e17b44aaff.jpg

 

5a26b10e07dd1_20171201_081905(Large).thumb.jpg.2469556d06f55fedb735b804894a8c6b.jpg

 

5a26b10a760c2_20171201_082121(Large).thumb.jpg.5032579f5d4062eb0612caa8aac5f7c6.jpg

 

5a26b111c98f3_20171201_082055(Large).thumb.jpg.26e328ce27c361dc6accbc839b58ba67.jpg

 

We strolled across the bridge, which is only seven years old and went to a Dong culture museum. Perhaps the most interesting exhibit is a mock-up of a Dong wooden house interior.

 

5a26b3ac97d07_20171201_110019(Large).thumb.jpg.90d0f6aa3bc94e0568dd8ce2850916e5.jpg

Bedroom

 

5a26b3b27c90c_20171201_110026(Large).thumb.jpg.1280d1c1be34a9cf3ea3f3a2839df3b5.jpg

Belongings

 

5a26b3a520043_20171201_110048(Large).thumb.jpg.ac4ea8c2edd1bf54659f97ee17875447.jpg

Kitchen

 

5a26b4d909607_20171201_110057(Large).thumb.jpg.1d9f2ef80421605d3390f16135775c4f.jpg

Dining Room

 

5a26b4d55669a_20171201_110116(Large).thumb.jpg.7c67a11398cc2207ba59beeaad128f39.jpg

Granary

 

Although this is a recreation of a Dong home, I have stayed in many real homes and this is an accurate simulation.

 

Then we went to see this. The town's drum tower. Again a totally wooden structure with no nails.

5a26b670801ed_IMG_7238(Large).thumb.jpg.8ffdd6523b1491756f2bb2749a50959c.jpg

 

5a26b6569d9d4_IMG_7240(Large).thumb.jpg.990ffd792a13a4bf67a960711a0a85ea.jpg

Looking up inside.

 

By now it was almost time for lunch, but first a visit to a teashop, where we sampled some excellent teas and some of us made purchases. I came away with this.

 

5a26b741da5e9_20171201_140311(Large).thumb.jpg.a12cf8100ad97e1fc5ca51c07e283887.jpg

 

This is 虫宝茶  chóng bǎo chá, literally insect treasure tea. The treasure is that it is insect excrement. The bugs, caterpillars of a type of moth eat the tea leaves and when they come out the other end the droppings are gathered and dried, then used to make a refreshing cup of tea! They are mixed with regular undigested tea. It is considered medicinal and effective against stomach complaints. I tried a cup before buying this jar. It tasted like tea but with a sort of fungal taste in the background. Not bad.

 

Then lunch:

 

5a26b8f394eba_20171201_122852(Large).thumb.jpg.65ab63c5930908f1c6b638a8b789ec30.jpg

Again, as required, we started with oil tea.

 

5a26b900c97da_20171201_122934(Large).thumb.jpg.2f98815965c003ef08d2da3d2da67a2d.jpg

Fish hotpot

 

5a26b8ee00abf_20171201_123226(Large).thumb.jpg.a830ee9b5efa1a140b707532ebf603b0.jpg

Tofu to add to the fish hotpot

 

5a26b9943c341_20171201_123216(Large).thumb.jpg.85dec4212f65d42332474ce569dc0978.jpg

Steamed chicken with its offal.

 

5a26b9bd0e168_20171201_122910(Large).thumb.jpg.eecbf9080496768c2084c0d77f7ea13e.jpg

Some kind of pork and vegetable dish. It was strange.

 

5a26b9e853f18_20171201_123054(Large).thumb.jpg.b8497f1f622ef8190f1b7da7eaf38c33.jpg

Shrimp

 

5a26bad7b27a4_20171201_123817(Large).thumb.jpg.0616df29d6e02802c1cae4379722523f.jpg

Mixed vegetable

 

5a26bad9d35be_20171201_123912(Large).thumb.jpg.89d76d7e1317e3e49d5b95dfa6ed464e.jpg

Taro

 

Then we saw the diplomats off by high speed trains and headed back home - a three hour drive. But not before another brief shopping trip here.

 

5a26bbb01d740_IMG_7254(Large).thumb.jpg.fde5ed33499e8e627404c75a80a25d7d.jpg

 

where we met this ugly and not very intelligent chap who was doing his best to mate with a traffic cone.

 

5a26bba946750_IMG_7260(Large).thumb.jpg.701ff990cada728570ec52ac674e6c8e.jpg

 

and I bought a big mushroom. Ganoderma.

 

5a26bad2a0655_20171201_150102(Large).thumb.jpg.b99217b4d519c470d149b09238e91939.jpg

 

Back home we were peckish again so hit the local hotel restaurant for a nice bowl of the city's speciality - luosifen (螺蛳粉 luó sī fěn) . Snail noodles. Then home.

 

20171201_193340 (Large).jpg

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and met some nice people.

liuzhou

liuzhou

And finally.

 

On the Friday morning, we arranged a late start at 9:30, but I woke long before that, as is my habit, and after a quick breakfast .of oil yea, steamed bread, boiled egg etc, I headed out into the cold early morning and wandered around the hotel grounds. Apart from a river view and a bizarre (but common) mangling of my native tongue, there wasn't much to see.

 

5a26a5d4868c8_IMG_7200(Large).thumb.jpg.2a0c0947ad9f5e59ceb466b19ecf805b.jpg

 

5a26a55020007_20171201_090640(Large).thumb.jpg.4a84ffa112685ce95ebab1d977027d96.jpg

 

So, I returned to hotel, put on more clothes and examined some of the artwork around the foyer as I waited for the others to join me.

 

5a26a536b9ba1_20171201_091022(Large).thumb.jpg.56b5c0e8c4c65df51cbbbc113a054449.jpg

 

5a26a5e197b62_20171201_090019(Large).thumb.jpg.4fc554b5b3c5698596f78c1f20a43816.jpg

 

5a26a5e6ac35b_20171201_090153(Large).thumb.jpg.b05b27370766b8dfd29215f5e9077641.jpg

 

Eventually, everyone arrived and we headed into the town centre, which was but a stone's throw away. We started at Sanjiang Wind and Rain Bridge. Unfortunately we were unable to visit the best such bridge, that at Chenyang village. Although it is sometimes said to be ancient, the current bridge was actually erected in 1916 after the previous one was swept away in an exceptionally sever flood. There is only one road to  that bridge and it is un-passable at the moment as they are resurfacing and widening it. Here is a picture of Chengyang bridge. As I've said before  elsewhere the bridge is made entirely without nails and apart from the concrete pillars on which it rests is all wooden.

 

Here is Chengyang Bridge

5a26afdd86781_Chengyangqiao_Guangxi_China.thumb.jpg.8271425459892d07063901e22d820c74.jpg

 

But as we couldn't get there.  we made do with Sanjiang Bridge.  I was disappointed because I know several people in that village and had hoped to see them. Next time!

 

The Sanjiang bridge is made in the traditional way, but non-traditionally is a road bridge on one of the main roads out of town.

 

5a26b2357f476_IMG_7205(Large).thumb.jpg.612ad9876ba720c92cd6c6e17b44aaff.jpg

 

5a26b10e07dd1_20171201_081905(Large).thumb.jpg.2469556d06f55fedb735b804894a8c6b.jpg

 

5a26b10a760c2_20171201_082121(Large).thumb.jpg.5032579f5d4062eb0612caa8aac5f7c6.jpg

 

5a26b111c98f3_20171201_082055(Large).thumb.jpg.26e328ce27c361dc6accbc839b58ba67.jpg

 

We strolled across the bridge, which is only seven years old and went to a Dong culture museum. Perhaps the most interesting exhibit is a mock-up of a Dong wooden house interior.

 

5a26b3ac97d07_20171201_110019(Large).thumb.jpg.90d0f6aa3bc94e0568dd8ce2850916e5.jpg

Bedroom

 

5a26b3b27c90c_20171201_110026(Large).thumb.jpg.1280d1c1be34a9cf3ea3f3a2839df3b5.jpg

Belongings

 

5a26b3a520043_20171201_110048(Large).thumb.jpg.ac4ea8c2edd1bf54659f97ee17875447.jpg

Kitchen

 

5a26b4d909607_20171201_110057(Large).thumb.jpg.1d9f2ef80421605d3390f16135775c4f.jpg

Dining Room

 

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Granary

 

Then we went to see this. The town's drum tower. Again a totally wooden structure with no nails.

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Looking up inside.

 

By now it was almost time for lunch, but first a visit to a teashop, where we sampled some excellent teas and some of us made purchases. I came away with this.

 

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This is 虫宝茶  chóng bǎo chá, literally insect treasure tea. The treasure is that it is insect excrement. The bugs, caterpillars of a type of moth eat the tea leaves and when they come out the other end the droppings are gathered and dried, then used to make a refreshing cup of tea! They are mixed with regular undigested tea. It is considered medicinal and effective against stomach complaints. I tried a cup before buying this jar. It tasted like tea but with a sort of fungal taste in the background. Not bad.

 

Then lunch:

 

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Again, as required, we started with oil tea.

 

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Fish hotpot

 

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Tofu to add to the fish hotpot

 

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Steamed chicken with its offal.

 

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Some kind of pork and vegetable dish. It was strange.

 

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Shrimp

 

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Mixed vegetable

 

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Taro

 

Then we saw the diplomats off by high speed trains and headed back home - a three hour drive. But not before another brief shopping trip here.

 

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where we met this ugly and not very intelligent chap who was doing his best to mate with a traffic cone.

 

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Back home we were peckish again so hit the local hotel restaurant for a nice bowl of the city's speciality - luosifen (螺蛳粉 luó sī fěn) . Snail noodles. Then home.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and met some nice people.

 

 

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