The first Buddhist temple that we visited in China was located in the small village of Baidu in Guangdong province. Despite the fact that it was very small, we still were very impressed by all the known and unknown deities and saints of all kinds. Later on, in our travels we have visited numerous sacred sites and temples which were operating or abandoned. Some of them unfortunately have absolutely lost their spirit and work for the benefit of tourism. Still we have encountered many that have still not lost it.
One of these definitely is and always will be for us the Thousand Buddha Temple of the convent in the city of Meizhou. In a previous post we have talked about how we were able to visit the workshop which operates under the supervision of the convent. Now we invite you to take a look at the temple itself, as well as its immortal gardens and its main attraction – the pagoda which hides the relic of the convent the ancient Thousand Buddha column.
We had the opportunity to visit Xiamen for a few days and of course we also visited the wonderful island of Gulangyu. In the 19th century many foreigners started to settle on this island, resulting in the building of consulates and beautiful villas thought which Gulangyu became known as the “museum of world architecture”.
Wandering on the back alleys of the island everything seems as you have traveled back in time to 19th century Europe. We first didn’t understand why was the island so quiet and peaceful despite having a number of tourists roaming it. A few hours later we finally realized that there were absolutely no cars nor motorbikes on the island. Also the whole island is populated by many banyan trees which result in an extraordinary mix of architecture and fauna which gives it a very interesting look. It’s is like you have entered into a long lost word.
There are places in this world in which you fall in love in the first minutes. It is when you enjoy every step you take. It’s when you realize that you’re looking at the same house already for several minutes and you suddenly realize that you want to take photos of everything around. It’s then you lose track of time and all of your problems disappear you just want to go out there and discover. Well this happened to us in Xiamen.
We really do like Xiamen, the southern town of Fujian province; the inhabitants, the narrow streets in the old neighborhoods, wide avenues, everything! There is something in the air that just makes you take up the cozy rhythm of the city. This city is a wonderful blend of Europe and China, ancient and modern, commotion and tranquility you have got it all here.
“China is a train, Hong Kong is a plane, my friend” – Indian food seller.
About this city so many movies, books and hundreds of photos were takes, still to really feel it you must visit it. Some people love it, some hate it but definitely it leaves nobody indifferent. We go here so often that it seems when we finally will stop doing so we will never forget all the international-multi-lingual music on the streets, smell of cuisines from all over the world, beautiful people, colorful lights, funny money and of course crazy prices! The place we are talking about is of course Hong Kong (香港, literally – “fragrant harbor”).