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Alvinology goes to Shantou – Day 3 of 5

Alvinology goes to Shantou – Day 3 of 5

On the our third day in Shantou, we went to Puning City (普宁市) in Jieyang (揭阳) in the morning. Rachel and I got to ride in one of the VIP’s BMW, thanks to my boss, Chim Kang.

Rachel and I inside the BMW

Rachel and I inside the BMW

The first activity for the day was to head to one of the local government’s banquet hall for another opulent feast. Nicholas, Rachel and I decided to skip this banquet as we were still full from our heavy breakfast at the hotel. We also wanted to take a breather from the straight-laced official itinerary.

The three of us explored the local market nearby and were captivated by the vibrant sights and sounds. We bought some local tidbits to bring home and then had a simple lunch at one of the street stalls. It was just porridge with some vegetable and meat dishes, but it felt good to eat normally for once.

On the street of Puning

On the street of Puning

We were on a street with lots of mobile shops

We were on a street with lots of mobile shops

Loud music and catchy displays were ubiqutious to all the mobile shops

Loud music and catchy displays were ubiqutious to all the mobile shops

Somehow, this Ronald MacDonald sees to have more oriental features

Somehow, this Ronald MacDonald sees to have more oriental features

Commericial trishaw

Commericial trishaw

Overdressed for marketing

Overdressed for marketing

Chicken and rabbits waiting to be slaughtered

Chicken and rabbits waiting to be slaughtered

Mutton with assorted body parts

Mutton with assorted body parts

Fishmonger

Fishmonger

Fish slaughtering

Fish slaughtering

Vegetable stall

Vegetable stall

More vegetable vendors

More vegetable vendors

Meat vendor

Meat vendor

Fancy some tortoises for lunch?

Fancy some tortoises for lunch?

Home-farmed eggs

Home-farmed eggs

We bought lots of quirky flavour potato chips

We bought lots of quirky flavour potato chips

Potato chips we bought because of the funny brand name

Potato chips we bought because of the funny brand name

We had our lunch here

We had our lunch here

Meal for three pax

Meal for three pax

Close-up of our meat and vegetable dishes

Close-up of our meat and vegetable dishes

After lunch, we went to the Puning Overseas Chinese Secondary School (普宁市华侨中学) for a tour. The Singapore Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan (新加坡潮州八邑会馆) has contributed funding to this school and some of the members in our group were happy to witness how their money has been used for a good cause.

Inside the school compound

Inside the school compound

The Chinese really like slogans - even on buildings

The Chinese really like slogans – even on buildings

The lux cars from our entourage, parked at the school basketball court

The lux cars from our entourage, parked at the school basketball court

Students flocking to classes

Students flocking to classes

Random school girls

Random school girls

Lots of parked bicycles

Lots of parked bicycles

School kids playing badminton

School kids playing badminton

Rachel and I enjoying lollies we bought from the tuckshop

Rachel and I enjoying lollies we bought from the tuckshop

On the important of speaking Mandarin

On the importance of speaking Mandarin

School noticeboard

School noticeboard

Another signboard encouraging students to speak Mandarin

Another signboard encouraging students to speak Mandarin

Time for poetry recital by the river

Time for poetry recital by the river

The dormitary

The dormitary

Freshly constructed extension wing

Freshly constructed extension wing

The new building

The new building

A dedicated hall in the new building to showcase the school's achievements

A dedicated hall in the new building to showcase the school’s achievements

Next, we headed to the Puning Chinese Medical and Herbs Market (普宁中药材市场) to check out the wide array of traditional Chinese medicine and herbs found in Chinese medical halls around the world. Other than the ubiquitous herbs like Lingzhi and Cordyceps, there were also rare items that are not commonly found elsewhere. Rachel and I were fairly disturbed to find a shop which specialises in deer products – all the way from the antelope to the deer’s penis.

Entrance to the Puning medical hub

Entrance to the Puning medical hub

Minature representation of the entire compound

Minature representation of the entire compound

There were rows and rows of medical shops like this

There were rows and rows of medical shops like this

Another shop

Another shop

Variety of herbs

Variety of herbs

Nicholas and Rachel outside one of the herbs shop

Nicholas and Rachel outside one of the herbs shop

Cordyceps (I think)

Cordyceps (I think)

Sacks and sacks of these

Sacks and sacks of these

A large piece of Lingzhi

A large piece of Lingzhi

Mountain of herbs

Mountain of herbs

Packed into bags

Packed into bags

Stuffed little Bambis

Stuffed little Bambis

Rachel feeling sad for the deers

Rachel feeling sad for the deers

Inside the deer specialty shop

Inside the deer specialty shop

Whole antelopes for sale

Whole antelopes for sale

Smaller bits of antelopes

Smaller bits of antelopes

Really thin slices of antelopes

Really thin slices of antelopes

Deer tendons, with the hoof still intact

Deer tendons, with the hoof still intact

We then took a long ride to a gigantic house owned by a rich Singaporean Teochew oil tycoon. We did not get to meet this tycoon, but there were caretakers and gardeners present who are responsible for the house’s upkeep though no one seems to be be staying in it.

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There, the tycoon had made arrangement for a few truckloads of firecrackers for our group to play with. We were also all presented with a large box of preserved plums and Shantou oranges each.

This was the first time Rachel and I have come so close to firecrackers and so many of them at a go. The sound was really booming loud and you could feel a tingling pain in your ear drums after a few minutes. The sea of red left behind as residue is beautiful, but probably a pain to clear up later on.

One of the two door god that greeted us upon entering the house

One of the two door god that greeted us upon entering the house

The other door god

The other door god

The door the two gods are guarding

The door the two gods are guarding

Setting off firecrackers to herald our entourage's arrival

Setting off firecrackers to herald our entourage’s arrival

Lighted firecrackers

Lighted firecrackers

Close-up of the firecrackers

Close-up of the firecrackers

Me walking away as the noise started to get deafening

Me walking away as the noise started to get deafening

Here’s a video recording of the lighted firecrackers:

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Gawking villagers

Gawking villagers

The trail of red residue is beautiful

The trail of red residue is beautiful

Rachel and I standing amidst the firecracker residues

Rachel and I standing amidst the firecracker residues

Another shot

Another shot

Beautiful firecracker residues

Beautiful firecracker residues

Another picture of the residues

Another picture of the residues

Slogans adorn all the entrances

Slogans adorn all the entrances

Many many doors

Many many doors

Gangsters from the 70s

Gangsters from the 70s

Another gangster shot

Another gangster shot

Picture of Nicholas from the second floor - the house is really big

Picture of Nicholas from the second floor – the house is really big

Me peeking out of a window on the second floor

Me peeking out of a window on the second floor

Rachel on the second floor

Rachel on the second floor

Empty alley

Empty alley

Couple from 80s China

Couple from 80s China

A walk into history

A walk into history

Next, we headed to China Jade Capital (中国玉都), which controls more than 20 percent of the jade market in China. It’s the biggest in China and has a large amount of Burmese jade. As we are not familiar with jade pricing, we did not buy anything although we were quite impressed with the beauty of some of the white and purple jade pieces.

At the Jade Capital

At the Jade Capital

Inside one of the main building in the Jade City

Inside one of the main building in the Jade Capital

Layout of the compound

Layout of the compound

Security cameras

Security cameras

Buying jade

Buying jade

Daily food items, carved out of jade

Daily food items, carved out of jade

Gigantic jade flower

Gigantic jade flower

Jade Guan Yin

Jade Guan Yin

Another large jade table piece

Another large jade table piece

This one looks realy fragile

This one looks realy fragile

Rachel the jade seller

Rachel the jade seller

We had dinner at Temeisi Hotel (揭阳特美思大酒店) which seems to be helm by a famous head chef. We were quite hungry this time as we had a light lunch. Hence we were able to eat quite a bit.

Temeisi hotel lobby

Temeisi hotel lobby

Very catchy giant Yun Bao at the lobby

Very catchy giant Yun Bao at the lobby

Lighted Yun Bao

Lighted Yun Bao

Inside the banquet hall

Inside the banquet hall

Fresh seafood

Fresh seafood

Famous chef

Famous chef

Chinese bacon

Chinese bacon

A large piece of fresh abalone

A large piece of fresh abalone

I ate two pieces as Nicholas do not eat abalone

I ate two pieces as Nicholas do not eat abalone

Steamed fish

Steamed fish

Crispy prawns

Crispy prawns

Fried Toufu

Fried Toufu

Pork ribs soup

Pork ribs soup

Delicious kampong chicken

Delicious kampong chicken

Salted fried mushroom

Salted fried mushroom

Veggie with pig stomach

Veggie with pig stomach

Jade green veggies

Jade green veggies

Teochew Ku Chye Kway

Teochew Ku Chye Kway

With Ms Chong Pit Lian, CEO of Jetstar Asia

With Ms Chong Phit Lian, CEO of Jetstar Asia

After dinner, we headed back to Meritus Shantou, ending our official itinerary for the day.

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Nicholas’s cousin came to look for him that night. His cousin is a surgeon and a very friendly chap. He offered to take Nicholas, Rachel and I to a nearby massage centre which is frequented by the local medical community. I did not take any pictures of the massage centre, but the services and facilities were really excellent.

Rachel went a seperate room for ladies. The three of us guys went for a sauna first before getting a good massage. We then joined Rachel in the resting area where they actually served us porridge with some light ingredients.

After the meal, we took a quick bath and changed. Nicholas’ cousin then kindly drove us back to the hotel. It was nearing 2am. We felt really guilty as he still has to work the next day, but at the same time, touched by his hospitality.

The massage centre Nicholas' cousin brought us to

The massage centre Nicholas’ cousin brought us to

Stay tuned for my next update on day 4. 🙂

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Previous Entries:

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

Plane Solemnisation

Day 1 – Arrival, Teochew Opera

Day 2 – Chaozhou, Chao’an and Raoping

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