Thursday - 01 . 01 . 2009
We had biscuit for our late breakfast.
We slept until 10am, took turn for the toilet, checked-out, and kept our baggage at the hotel before we left the city. If you had extra time for Zhaoqing, take a stroll along the West river (西江) and you will likely come across two attractions mentioned in most guide books that feature Zhaoqing.
Yuejiang Tower .
Yuejiang Tower (閱江樓), literally the River View Pavilion is one of the two oldest remaining structures in Zhaoqing. Originally known as the "Stone Temple", Yuejiang Tower was first constructed in the Ming Dynasty. In 1959, the tower became the museum and memorial hall of the old site of Ye Ting's Independent Regiment. With two stories, the tower covers area of courtyards, rockeries, a fishpond and a typical of ancient garden courtyard styled building.
The gift from the ex-President of China, Jiang Tsemin.
When it was still Kuomintang.
The Songtai (菘臺書院).
Part of the building was reconstructed into Songtai Academy (菘臺書院) and now it has a huge display of the inkstones made by the local artists.
The example of the Chinese ancient courtyard.
We saw a local restaurant while heading to our last destination. Our stomachs leaded us into the restaurant.
It's time to fill our stomachs.
Read the menu written on the board.
The view from the restaurant.
They planted vegetable and caught the river fishes, shrimps, etc.
The workers peeling, washing, cutting, etc by the river.
This restaurant has snakes, frogs, and other animals.
Jodie said those animals were stocked behind the restaurant.
The special menu real has everything. =.="
The sweet shrimp of West River (西江河蝦).
The yummy fish head tofu soup (芥菜魚頭豆腐湯).
The well roasted goose (深井燒鵝).
The fresh scallops (帶子).
The amazing pagoda i have ever seen.
Further down the riverbank is Chongxi Pagoda (崇禧塔), which is just about couples of minutes away from the restaurant. It was first constructed in the 10th year of the Wanli Reign Period of the Ming Dynasty (1582), 57.5 metres high, with nine stories.
Each story has eight angles, on which wind-bells are hung. When the wind blows, sounds of the bells are heard from all around. Legend has it that a pagoda built here could gather fortune and prosperity. There has not much of interest inside the building but it does have that view of the river.
After that, we back to the hotel and bought ticket back to Guangzhou by bus. The six days five nights trip was certainly a blast in part of Guangdong Province. We, nonetheless had plenty of unforgettable sweet memories in Guangzhou, Foshan, Xiqiao and Zhaoqing. Tonnes of pictures would be the evidence.
Both of us were damn tired except Jodie, she took these pictures!
We finally back to Guangzhou.
Overall, China has totally changed a lot compared i had imagined. From the smooth transportation to the magnificent natural sights and mouth-watering authentic local food, China indeed a great country worth you to spend money there.
The station of Guangzhou East.
There's plenty of people heading down to Shenzhen.
Waited ten minutes and we hopped on the train back to Shenzhen.
I am sure we will be able to gather and travel to some other places soon. This is because we will not let it stop that long. I am so looking forward to have heaps of fun with them again, as always!