Sunday, 13 September 2009

Shantou (Swatow)

Shantou 汕头

Long Yan Temple 龙岩寺

The temple was founded when water began to mysteriously spill out of a crack in the rock on a hill. Over time, the temple underwent extensive expansion and renovation works to its present state.

A sculptured dragon sits over the water source at the top of the hill
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The water flows from the tail of the dragon to the mouth, where it is finally collected in a container placed under the "drooling" dragon.
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Someone had decided to be humourous and painted a face on an oddly shaped rock.
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A view of Shantou city. It is said to be exceptionally bad feng shui to build a residential development in front of a temple, and it can be seen from the half completed houses located immediately in front of the temple. According to the tour guide, the development had been plagued by both low demand and financial troubles of the developer.
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Shantou University 汕头大学

Shantou University is one of most famous tertiary institutes in China, and was built with generous donations by Tan Kah Kee 陈家庚. As another extreme example of feng shui, the location was personally chosen by Tan Kah Kee as it was considered to be auspicious for the institution to be located in front of a hill.
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Zhongsan Garden 中山公园

As the name implies, the garden was built to honour the founder of modern China, Sun Zhong San 孙中山.

Main entrance gateway.
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A statue of the man himself
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A man-made lake within the park
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Man-made stone feature which serves as an ideal playground for children to play hide and seek.
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Stone Fortress 石炮台

Towards the end of Qing dynasty, the imperial court realised that China was lagging far behind the Westerners in terms of military superiority. Thus, in a desperate bid to improve the coastal defence at key cities, several stone fortresses were built but was proved to be a case of being "too little, too late"

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Initially serving its purpose as an educational field trip destination, it was still unable to garner sufficient interest to sustain its upkeep and was recently converted to an indoor skating rink. It served as a convenient toilet stop for tourists though.
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Sin Cun Lu Pedestrian Shopping Street 新村路步行街

A portion of Sin Cun Lu had been converted into a pedestrian shopping street at night which is chiefly dominated by fashion and accessory shops.

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