Video Posts


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.

Another “Bigfoot Spotted!” video clip taken with my little Nikon Coolpix 2200 (which eats batteries alive; new store-brand and off-brand batteries and Chinese-brand batteries won’t even power it up–minor consolation is that I got it free as a prize in a drawing at my chiropractor’s office, I guess).

You read a lot about the real estate booms and busts in Shanghai and Beijing (on alternate days, depending on what you read), but from what we learned, Xiamen is perhaps a better place to throw some cash into real estate investments if you’re so inclined.

It’s one of China’s top livable cities, and unless some great Hong Kong-style land reclamation project ensues, land remains scarce: Xiamen is an island “garden” city.

If “apartment in China” still brings to your mind visions of cramped five-story concrete blocks with walls decorated only by cheap Chinese New Year calendars, this clip might begin to help squash that notion. Notice the tennis courts and gardens down below and other high-rise towers on the plot. And in the post following this one, I’ll take you inside an apartment (privately-owned; “condo,” I guess) in Xiamen as well.

But for now, click to watch:

In the original “Back Alley Jinjiang Opera” post, I hinted at some video footage to follow.

Here it is.

Thing is, the camera I was using to shoot video that day doesn’t record sound.

Hmm. Bummer.

So, rather than hunt around for some Jinjiang Opera audio recording, I’ve just added a musical background that is light years away from matching, but for some reason seems to “work” for me–probably because I’ve been going through another of my periodic Kurt Weill / Bertolt Brecht / Weimarer Republik musical tangents here lately, during which nothing else sounds good.

Anyway, here it is: Jinjiang Opera on the video, “Zuhälterballade” von Die Dreigroschenoper on the audio. Go figure.

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