Wed 15 Nov 2006
In this video, we get to see a bit of Quanzhou’s streets and traffic, both which seem of much better quality than those just a few kilometres away in Qingyang.
I mean, the streets here are cleaner and wider & the buildings more modern, motorcycle riders seem to cut each other off with much more refined manners than the ones down in Jinjiang, and pedestrians step into the lanes of oncoming traffic with such a genteel carriage that it’s no wonder foreigners in the 16th century loved this place so.
By the way, Quanzhou is sometimes called “The City of Coral Trees.” Says China.org.cn,
Quanzhou is situated on the northern bank of the Jinjiang River in Fujian Province, facing the sea. It is an ancient cultural city and was an important trade port during the Middle Ages. It is also the hometown of many overseas Chinese.
With its mountain slopes and magnificent bay, Quanzhou has long been regarded as the most attractive town on China’s southeast coast. During the Five Dynasties (907-960), the city was surrounded by Indian coral trees, from which it got the name “city of coral trees.” As Quanzhou is in the southern subtropical zone and has a maritime monsoon climate, it is humid and warm all the year round.
In this scene, we’re traveling north from central Quanzhou toward “Old Man Rock,” purported by some to be a figure of Lao Tzu himself, pictures of which are coming in a later blog post.