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Old 03-31-2009, 09:09 PM   #1
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Scooting around Chao Zhou - China 2009

It has been one year since my last visit to Chao Zhou, Guangdong, China. I have been invited to visit that area again to see the changes and enjoy the spring season in Southern China. It was a welcoming change after touring up to Shangri-la country. Folks who read my 2008 Chao Zhou RR should feel familiar with some of the scenery.
This is the link to my 2008 RR if anyone finds it interesting(http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=321047)

It took me 5 1/2 hours on a bus to get from Shenzhen (border with HK) to Chao Zhou. This is a welcoming sight after getting off the bus.



This is a new bridge accross the Han River now completed.


A closer look at the bridge


People fishing by the river


Bikes by the river


Capturing the lights and shadow


Patient is required for fishing


Building above old city gate


Guang Ji Men
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Old 03-31-2009, 09:42 PM   #2
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Foot bridge (only for pedestrians)


Spring rolls stuffed with mountain potato, bamboo shoot & mushroom is perfect for mid-night snack


Meat ball rice noodle is a comfort food, great for breakfast


This 14 years old 125cc scooter is my ride Same bike as last year but this time I made sure it has gone through a maintenance check up before asking her to take on such a tough assignment


Spring is the best time to harvest the tea. Chao Zhou is famous for its tea plantations where the whole family is involved in the making of the tea.


This is not child labour. This is childred helping out the family and get to learn from their tender age about tea culture. Just like on the vineyard in western countries.


We took a break from our journey and stroll around some old villages.


Firewood for cooking and roasting the tea leaves.


Here is another family at work


This mama pig seems to take a liking on me and the feeling is mutual.....for a different reason


Drying out the tea leaves in the courtyard


My travel mate and my teacher in photography


Man on the roof


Old one went down, new one comes up



The drainage system


Alley dogs are cute


Granite wall
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:16 PM   #3
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Great to see another Ride Report from you Franki. Excellent pictures once again, looking forward to seeing and reading more. Also love all the food pictures you post, makes me very hungry looking at them.
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Old 03-31-2009, 10:18 PM   #4
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Clay wall


Banyan tree


Farmland


Going out with mom


Village in the fog


Village life




Semi-circular village house
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:22 PM   #5
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Can I rent a bike there? Am I allow to ride motorbikes with an US motorcycle driver license?
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:46 PM   #6
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I see one little pretty lady


I see another little pretty lady


Soon I found a bunch of little pretty ladies (we must have pretty girls in all spy stories)


And a very shy handsome gentleman (our tail gunner in disguise)


I am soon to enter this top military secret hide out


My leader is armed to her teeth with information gathering equipment


Behind this locked door sealed the biggest military secret ever found


We sneak passed the vicious guard dogs


The guards were apprehended and interrogated


After digging deep, we found the top secret document that records the movement of all VIPs and password to enter this top secret base


There, evidence of the presence of top leaders frequent this facility.


Aahaa...clearly it is a ICBM silo in disguise of a village house
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:44 AM   #7
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Great to see another Ride Report from you Franki. Excellent pictures once again, looking forward to seeing and reading more. Also love all the food pictures you post, makes me very hungry looking at them.
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Nice to see you again. Please come back for more
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:54 AM   #8
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Can I rent a bike there? Am I allow to ride motorbikes with an US motorcycle driver license?
There are no bike rental shop in China that I know of. There are a couple of bike touring companies that offers guided bike tours. I purchase my own bike and kept it in China for my touring purpose.

Officially you must have a Chinese driving license to be able to ride there.

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Old 04-01-2009, 08:27 PM   #9
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OK, bad joke, I know, but I couldn't help myself



Roof tiles


Our four little tour guides


Evidence of crew loading rocket fuel....sorry....bad habbit


I always have a soft spot for girls, no matter what age they are in.


View from the inside


Chit chat


Walkabout


Small pool to wash feet before entering the house




This little girl loves to be the model


There is another one


Here comes 3


They all want to stand in front of my lens


The housekeeper of Nan Yang Lou


His better half


Living in this humble little house


The girls want to show us more
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:39 PM   #10
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Big mansion


Kids looking for banannas


Different style village house


Tree hugging kinda person


Butterflies


Organic farmer
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:45 PM   #11
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The Village House

These are wonderful pic's of the village house. How Old are these houses? how many live in the Village house. what are the signs saying that hang next to the doors. there is much order in this village house , The court yard is very clean and uncluttered. The drainage around the well designed. People must require communal cooperation to share such a house. Magnificent report!
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:00 PM   #12
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Franki,

It is always such a treat when you post pics of your trips. Such a beautiful country, culture, and people.

Thanks,
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Old 04-01-2009, 11:55 PM   #13
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These are wonderful pic's of the village house. How Old are these houses? how many live in the Village house. what are the signs saying that hang next to the doors. there is much order in this village house , The court yard is very clean and uncluttered. The drainage around the well designed. People must require communal cooperation to share such a house. Magnificent report!
Ok, Mr. Question, let me see if I can answer these questions:
1. These Hakka (guest people) house has been around for over 600 years.
2. It house around 26 families, about 150 people lived in it.
3. Its the Chinese tradition to hang well wishing words or poems by the front door, especially during the Chinese New Year. Its a bit like what you people put up a 'NOEL' sign during X'mas but a lot more complicated.
4. Yes, you are right about communal cooperation, Chinese have very close family ties and self identification within their own village. This 'Nan Yang Lou' is also preserved by the government as our cultural heritage. They pay for the maintenance and upkeep of these kind of houses.

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Old 04-01-2009, 11:58 PM   #14
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Franki,

It is always such a treat when you post pics of your trips. Such a beautiful country, culture, and people.

Thanks,
Zollo
Zollo,

Thanks for the compliment. This is just a very tiny portion of China. The rest of the country is very different from this, in a good way, I mean. I can spend a lifetime just touring around China and never get tired.

Come back for some more,

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Old 04-02-2009, 05:06 AM   #15
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Another trip with Franki! I teach elementary school, and my students are fascinated with everything China. Your photos answer many of their questions and we love seeing other kids. Thanks for keeping it "kid friendly." Keep it coming, please. You're helping me in my efforts to make motorcycling world citizens out of these kids.
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