On Aug. 22, I set foot on another trip, leaving my busy colleagues behind.
I had a great summer this year, during which I had two trips every month. Though all destinations were in nearby towns, I was satisfied.
My first visit to Meizhou Island was in the May Day of 2006, and my only impression for it was messy environment, crowded tourists and terrible food. Besides Meizhou, I also visited Southern Shaolin and Guanghua Temple, and took home a bag of fresh but sour loquat. In a word, that DIY tour didn't leave a good impression on me.
As for Nine Carp Lake, this was my first visit there.
In fact, I didn't intend to make this trip a pilgrimage. Just a walk!
Meizhou is accessible by ferry with RMB 7 for one-way ticket (round-trip fees required). Gulangyu Islet only charges for return trip. Unlike Gulangyu Islet (free admission), RMB 50 is required for Meizhou.
Scene of Meizhou capture on the ferry
Berthing fishing boat
Bell Tower & Drum Tower
Tianhou Temple on the left, the headquarters of Mazu Temples around the world
Tianhou Temple with booming pilgrims
Small burner and big burner
Aerial view of Meizhou Island
Park of Mazu Culture with additional charge of RMB 10
It seems that the Statue of Mazu is taller than what I saw three years ago. Maybe I'm taller?
Side view of statue
Solemn and gorgeous statue
Seal presented by Emperor Kangxi and carved by enlarging 350 times. It is said that if a couple faces the seal and takes a picture with girl standing on the left (phoenix) and boy standing on the right (dragon), the picture can be regarded as a marriage certificate.
The Mid-autumn Gala of CCTV this year would be held here, and the venue could accommodate nearly 10,000 audiences. Oh, crowded!
Grand chime performance is available here. Additional charge required, while it seemed that no charge was required three years ago. This time, I just skipped it over.
The tour of Meizhou then concluded here. I bought dried squid and shredded squid outside the park for RMB 30.
Then I took bus for golden beach which charged RMB 20 for admission.
After that, I rushed back to the wharf for ferry which departed at 5:00.
At that night, I visited Fenghuangshan Park (RMB 3), experiencing the ghost house and flying chair (RMB 5 for each). Boating charged RMB 15 for one hour, which was cheaper than Xiamen.
Early next morning, I left for Nine Carp Lake after breakfast.
Admission: RMB 15
Japanese dolls sold in Nine Carp Lake
Qimeng (dream praying) Pavilion: it is said that dreams made here always come true, and even Tang Bohu, a famous scholar, visited here.
Wild kiwi fruits
We left Nine Carp Lake at 11:00, and drove for about 1 hour to enjoy wild delicacies in another mountain.
Boars, chicken, duck, Russian sturgeon, partridge, rabbit and king cobra...It was lucky that we had these delicacies at a low price for the restaurant was opened by the uncle of one companion.