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Alvinology goes to Shantou – Day 2 of 5

Alvinology goes to Shantou – Day 2 of 5

On the second day, we had breakfast at Meritus Club in our hotel and then headed to Chaozhou City (潮州). We visited two attractions in the morning – Xiangziqiao (湘子桥) and Kaiyuanshi (开元寺).

Our breakfast area

Our breakfast area

Great city view from the Meritus club room

Great city view from the Meritus club room

Grabbing our breakfast

Grabbing our breakfast

My breakfast

My breakfast

Fish ball soup noodle

Fish ball soup noodle

Char Siew Pau

Char Siew Pau

A luxurious condominium beside our hotel

A luxurious condominium beside our hotel

The other more regular housing

The other more regular housing

Xiangziqiao is one of the four oldest bridge in China. Many Teochew businessmen contributed funds to its restoration and preservation, including Hong Kong tycoon, Li Ka-Shing (李嘉诚). There were originally two iconic bull statues on the bridge. After one sunk into the sea, the other was replaced with the replica seen at the bridge today.

Bridge entrance

Bridge entrance

Rachel with her mom and sis

Rachel with her mom and sis

Eunice trying to turn the spoke

Eunice trying to turn the spoke

Nice symmetry

Nice symmetry

Symmetry again

Symmetry again

The omy.sg team

The omy.sg team

Rachel and I with the replica bull

Rachel and I with the replica bull

Boats for hire to reach the other pavilion

Boats for hire to reach the other pavilion

Rachel on the bridge

Rachel on the bridge

Rachel and I on the bridge

Rachel and I on the bridge

A wider view of the bridge

A wider view of the bridge

Rachel with her mom and sis again

Rachel with her mom and sis again

Teochew businessmen who have donated to the bridge preservation

Teochew businessmen who have donated to the bridge preservation

The old city opposite the bridge which we did not have time to explore

The old city opposite the bridge which we did not have time to explore

Three signboards

Three signboards

Entrance to the old city for some shopping

Entrance to the old city for some shopping

Buying fruits to snack on the bus

Buying fruits to snack on the bus

Olive seller

Olive seller

Kaiyuanshi refers to a series of ancient temples constructed during the Tangs Dynasty (618-907), commissioned by the superstitious sixth Tang Emperor, 唐玄宗 (712-756). The one we visited is one of the few surviving temples. The area near the temple sells a lot of traditional snacks like preserved plums and “Buddha’s Hand (佛手)” aka fingered citron (a kind of fruit shaped like a giant human hand).

Kaiyuenshi

Kaiyuanshi

Temple entrance

Temple entrance

One of the two "door god" (门神)

One of the two “door god” (门神)

Our guide, Weijian, briefing us on the temple history

Our guide, Weijian, briefing us on the temple history

A smaller shrine inside the temple

A smaller shrine inside the temple

Giant incense urn

Giant incense urn

Some guy making an offering

Some guy making an offering

Han Joo found her long lost sister in the temple

Han Joo found her long lost sister in the temple

Group shot with the VIPs in our tour group

Group shot with the VIPs in our tour group

An alter in the temple

An altar in the temple

Laughing budhas

Laughing buddha

Another alter

Another altar

Street outside the temple

Street outside the temple

Stall selling preserved tidbits like the Buddha's Hand

Stall selling preserved tidbits like the Buddha’s Hand

A fat cat in one of the stalls

A fat cat in one of the stalls

One of the many little stalls outside the temple selling prayer stuff

One of the many little stalls outside the temple selling prayer stuff

After seeing the attractions, we headed to a bridal gown factory which the local government was very proud of. Apparently, the gowns are exported for sale in Europe and America for more than ten times the production and raw material cost. We saw a lot of XXXXXXL gowns being tailored there. Obviously, there’s a lucrative market for producing non-regular sized gowns.

Factory entrance

Factory entrance

Gowns on display

Gowns on display

The catalogue

The catalogue

The president of the Teochew association, posing for the cameras

The president of the Teochew association, posing for the cameras

Super size gown

Super size gown

Most of the tailored gowns are jumbo sized

Most of the tailored gowns are jumbo sized

Our moms scrutinising a gown together

Our moms scrutinising a gown together

Ready gowns

Ready gowns

The designers

The designers

Labouriously working on the trimmings

Labouriously working on the trimmings

Hard at work

Hard at work

It's a large factory

It’s a large factory

Sharing with our, the labour process

Sharing with our, the labour process

Getting interviewd by the local television station

Getting interviewd by the local television station

We then headed for a heavy lunch hosted by the local government. Eating takes up five hours of our time daily – two hours each for lunch and dinner, one hour for breakfast. Scary isn’t it?

Our lunch destination

Our lunch destination

Our host giving a speech

Our host giving a speech

Whole pieces of abalone

Whole pieces of abalone

Unagi and duck

Unagi and duck

Black fungus with meat and veggies

Black fungus with meat and veggies

Ugly looking fish that taste surprisingly good

Ugly looking fish that taste surprisingly good

Stir-fried pork with cashew

Stir-fried pork with cashew

Pork rib soup

Pork rib soup

Fried breaded prawn sandwich

Fried breaded prawn sandwich

Kway Tiao

Kway Tiao

Jade green veggies

Jade green veggies

Zhui Kway and some green bean pastry

Zhui Kway and some green bean pastry

After lunch, we visited Cidu (瓷都), located in Chao’an County (潮安县). We didn’t have much time to shop there, but our parents managed to buy two tea sets for use during our traditional wedding tea ceremony in June. The tea sets have carps painted on them. Rachel and I like them very much.

Cidu exhibition hall

Cidu exhibition hall

Giant porcelain plate

Giant ceramic plate

Colourful porcelain flower

Colourful ceramic flower

The workmanship is so fine the flower looks real

The workmanship is so fine the flower looks real

Giant porcelain vase

Giant porcelain vase

The 108 heroes in the Chinese classic, Water Margin (水滸傳)

The 108 heroes in the Chinese classic, Water Margin (水滸傳)

Close-up of some of the heroes

Close-up of some of the heroes

World's longest ceramic mural

World’s longest ceramic mural

Ceramic painting

Ceramic painting

Another big ceramic vase

Another big ceramic vase

Rows after rows of award-winning ceramic pieces

Rows after rows of award-winning ceramic pieces

Women musicians

Women musicians

The Eight Immortals (八仙)

The Eight Immortals (八仙)

World class ceramic potties

World class ceramic potties

Eunice fooling around

Eunice fooling around

Potty for toddlers

Potty for toddlers

The tea set our parents bought

The tea set our parents bought

off to Raoping

off to Raoping

After Cidu, we headed to Raoping County (饶平县) to visit an old Hakka (客家) commune where over 600 people used to reside in. There are only about 30 people still staying there now. Stepping into the commune was like stepping through time. We took lots of pictures. The children in the commune were very lively and enjoyed having their pictures taken. Unlike in India, they did not ask us for tips or money after that. That felt really nice.

Posing with the Rolls Royce for the VIPs in our tour group

Posing with the Rolls Royce for the VIPs in our tour group

At the village

At the village

Little girls

Little girls

Public toilet... the stench was...

Public toilet… the stench was…

Community message education the villagers not to discriminate girls

Community message education the villagers not to discriminate girls

Entrance to the Hakka commune

Entrance to the Hakka commune

Cheery kids greeted us in the commune

Cheery kids greeted us in the commune

Conference under the tree

Conference under the tree

Two kids hiding on the trees

Two kids hiding on the trees

"Nail flower" (铁钉花) that grows on the roof

“Nail flower” (铁钉花) that grows on the roof

 More of this strange flower

More of this strange flower

Rachel in the commune

Rachel in the commune

Me in the commune

Me in the commune

Another picture of me

Another picture of me

Kids wondering who are these strangers taking pictures of their house

Kids wondering who are these strangers taking pictures of their house

Rachel with the village chicken

Rachel with the village chicken

Rachel and I

Rachel and I

Old wooden doors

Old wooden doors

A peek inside one of the houses

A peek inside one of the houses

Heading upstairs

Heading upstairs

View from atop

View from atop

Close-up of the roof

Close-up of the roof

Me on the second floor

Me on the second floor

Rachel on the second floor

Rachel on the second floor

The village kids posing for our cameras

The village kids posing for our cameras

Dashing to be in the group photo

Dashing to be in the group photo

We proceeded for dinner after that at Raoping Hotel, hosted by the Raoping government. After dinner, we did a little shopping at a shop that specialises in Raoping’s famous produces such as their frozen chicken and duck. This ended our official itinerary for the day. We then headed back to our hotel.

Our dinner venue

Our dinner venue

The usual official speeches before meals

The usual official speeches before meals

The SPH team

The SPH team

Duck meat

Duck meat

Lobster noodle

Lobster noodle

Pea pods with meat

Pea pods with meat

Some prawn snacks

Some prawn snacks

Authentic "Niang Dou Fu" with meat inside

Authentic “Niang Dou Fu” with meat inside

Clear soup with fish and turnip

Clear soup with fish and turnip

Can you guess what's in this tea pot?

Can you guess what’s in this tea pot?

Real Bak Kut Teh!

Real Bak Kut Teh!

Sweet pork

Sweet pork

Black fungus

Black fungus

Steamed fish

Steamed fish

Eel meat

Eel meat

Giant chunks of carbo-laden food items to fill you up

Giant chunks of carbo-laden food items to fill you up

Some light shopping after dinner

Some light shopping after dinner

Vacuum packed chicken feet

Vacuum packed chicken feet

However, as Han Joo, Nicholas, Rachel and I were still bursting with energy, we decided to explore the night market near our hotel to check out the local hawker fares and do some light shopping on our own. Nicholas found some dog and cat meat street vendors and wanted to try them out. He was stopped vehemently by the ladies. We settled for the much tamer Beef Ball (牛肉丸) Kway Tiao instead. This was delightful – a marked difference from the lavish spreads we were fed with the past few meals. Sometime, simplicity is the best.

Night shopping with Nic and Han Joo

Night shopping with Nic and Han Joo

Fruits stall

Fruits stall

Buying some strawberries

Buying some strawberries

Nic wanted to eat here

Nic wanted to eat here

Dog meat stall

Dog meat stall

Enjoying a bowl of steaming hot beef kway tiao

Enjoying a bowl of steaming hot beef kway tiao

Close-up of the beef balls

Close-up of the beef balls

Rachel was pleasantly surprised to find this in our hotel room at night

Rachel was pleasantly surprised to find this in our hotel room at night

A special set of toiletries for the newly wed :)

A special set of toiletries for the newly wed 🙂

We went back to our hotel to tuck in for the night, bloated and tired. That concluded our second day. Stay tuned for my next update. 🙂

Related Post:  Alvinology goes to Shantou – Day 5 of 5

Previous Entries:

Home and away in Shantou (Rachel’s my paper article)

Plane Solemnisation

Day 1 – Arrival, Teochew Opera

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2 Comments

  1. sg_panda

    the food look very delicious :p

    Reply
  2. Nic

    i like the way u described the ladies as “vehemently” stopping me haha

    Reply

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