Day 5 (~18 February 2010~)
On early morning, we start our journey by finding a place for our breakfast. On 8.25am we packed our luggage and went to a Taiwanese style restaurant called "Yong Jie Tou Jing Fang", a restaurant which mainly sell soya bean drink. When we reach there, the stall was out of electricity, a total black out and just depend on the sunlight at outside to shine in. For breakfast, i ordered a Udon noodles fried with black pepper and a soya bean soup. Well, this is the first time I drank such a delicious saya drink, the taste is a bit salty, just like soup, and also some "ikan bilis" taste (don't know whether they insert ikan bilis or not). I don't like soya taste, but this really change my mind, truly a great soya. Perhaps is because the taste like soup, so I kinda like it. Besides that, we also ordered "You Tiao" (a.k.a Yao Chao Guai) which is also famous in Fu Zhou. The You Tiao is really crispy, you must try it when you reach to Fu Zhou.
Picture 5.1 - Me, prepared for breakfast.
Picture 5.2 - Inside "Yong Jie Tou Jiang Fang", showing total black out.
Picture 5.3 - My Udon Noodle fried with black pepper and a bowl of soya soup.
At 10.00am we start moving to "Xi Chang Shi" (sorry, I don't know how to write Chinese). Well Xi Chang Shi is a large place for people to pray to the gods (Taoism probably). Below are some photos that I had taken. I'm sorry that many things that I couldn't explain deeply about this place, as I was at that time just walking around and enjoy the scenery. I was hopped that someone would explain to me the history about this place.
Picture 5.4 - The front gate of Xi Chang Shi
Picture 5.5 - The front door of Xi Chang Shi.
Picture 5.6 - Inside the entrance. (Look at above, ancient Chinese crafting)
Picture 5.7 - The lake that I saw in Xi Chang Shi, with a Guan Yin.
Picture 5.8 - The bridge that pass though the lake.
Picture 5.9 - two large buildings and a pagoda that I found in the area.
Picture 5.10 - A entrance to a temple, with a dragon crafting on middle to staircase.
Picture 5.11 - A lady trying to place a coin inside the dragon's mouth
(believe that it will grant our wishes)
Picture 5.12 - Another entrance to the temple after the first entrance.
Picture 5.13 - After the second entrance, came the Hall of Heavenly Guardians.
Picture 5.14 - Behind the Hall of Heavenly Guardians, there is a temple, where many people went for worship.
Picture 5.15 - After visit the temple, I head towards the pagoda.
Picture 5.16 - Finally reached the pagoda, but it was restricted to go in.
Picture 5.17 - After visit the pagoda, we plan to visit this large building.
Picture 5.18 - The front of the big building (another temple as I believed), lazy to go in, so just snap the front view of this building.
Picture 5.19 - A very big tree located in front of that big building. I took this photo before I start going back to the bus.
Picture 5.20 - "Goodbye Xi Chang Shi. I'm heading to another interesting place."
After two hours of visit in Xi Chang Shi, we started our journey to a popular lake called "Xi Hu" (西湖).
Xi Hu is a very large lake in the middle of the city. The unique about this lake are there're many beautiful scenery that we can enjoy on the walkway which surrounds the lake. Besides that, there's a fun park located inside the area too. Also you can have some water cycling around the lake. On that day, we was lucky to view the flowers exhibitions around the lake, it was magnificent. I nearly catch a cold while I was in Xi Hu, that day the temperature is still consider low, but the wind around lake are strong, when the cold winds swings around me, it chills me from the top to bottom. Here are some photos showing the specialities on Xi Hu.
Picture 5.21 - De' Xi Hu.
Picture 5.22 - The water cycling activities on Xi Hu.
Picture 5.23 - One of the walkway around the Xi Hu.
Picture 5.24 - One of the entrance to Xi Hu (Total of 4 entrance if I'm not mistaken).
Picture 5.25 - One of the beautiful scenery.
Picture 5.26 - A walkway suitable for jogging in the morning.
Picture 5.27 - An interesting classical walkway.
Picture 5.28 - A scenery with trees and flowers.
Picture 5.29 - Beautiful trees around the lake.
Picture 5.30 - One of the display for the flower exhibitions.
Picture 5.31 - Another walkway with Chinese lantern hanging around the side roads.
Picture 5.32 - Can you see where is the wind blows? (Ans: towards left, "Cold~")
Picture 5.33 - Another flower display for the flower exhibitions.
Picture 5.34 - The Lovers' Bridge??
Picture 5.35 - No, I know is other name, and I don't know how to read it.
Picture 5.36 - A bonsai exhibition.
At 2.00pm we start moving from Xi Hu, and went for our lunch, at the same restaurant that we had our lunch yesterday. At 3.25pm, we planned to start moving to "Xia Men" (下门), but during that evening, heavy traffic jam occurred during our journey, we didn't manage to reach Xia Men in time, so we changed our plan and straight away head to "Zhang Zhou". After 7 hours of journey, finally we reached to a hotel in Zhang Zhou. During that time, it was raining. The surroundings are freezing cold, it shivers me down. After we took our luggage to our selected room. Me and my friends, with my boss went to a restaurant for supper.
Once again, it's alcoholic drink time, Ah Chong again, brought two bottles of white wine. Luckily I didn't forced to drink that nasty drink, but I had to drink beer. That night, we ordered "Zhe Chuan" (四川) famous dishes for our supper, it was so delicious until my mouth can't stop chewing on all those foods. Also, one more thing, that night also is the night that I first time ate "Ma Po" Taufu, thouse taufu really delicious (this was the first time I said taufu is delicious for these 20 years ++).
Picture 5.37 - The hotel that we choose to say a night.
Picture 5.38 - Yummy Zhe Chuan dishes, all hot and spicy!
Picture 5.39 - The restaurant that we had our supper.
During that night, I really had my wonderful time with my boss, he really talks many about his experience in China, and many of them are very funny. Besides that, my friend, Ah Chong was drunk, along with someone (which I can't tell who it was). When they are drunk, they done something silly, if you were there, you will shock about it. At 2.20am, after everyone was tired, we head back to our hotel to have some rest (The restaurant is just few steps away from the hotel).