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When the sun came out, we left the regiment and started out walking through fields:

yellow field

Our goal was to take dirt roads as much as we could:

Chris walk

And so we walked:

…past fires…

working dude

…past spectators…

kid

…past pink houses…

pink shop

…past corn…

door

…and past a mosque:

mosque

No, actually we didn’t just walk past that mosque. Just when we were passing by, a police car stopped and a dude jumped out, pointing a finger at us, yelling: “What are you doing??”

We ended up explaining ourselves for over an hour at the local police station.

Then they let us go.

We were only tourists after all.

This was what we were coming here for, we had told them:

gate

The old town of Huiyuan 惠远.

This place used to be the center of Chinese administration during most of the later years of the Qing dynasty.

But behold! Did I say “old town”?

Sadly, it doesn’t matter where you go in this country, it’s the same almost everywhere: the remaining old structures are being torn down, and new “old” buildings are built in their place.

As of now, THIS is what’s really remaining of the original old town:

old city wall

The original old city wall.

Most of the pictures you are about to see are just new things that are supposed to look historical.

So we passed the Eastern Gate into Huiyuan:

Looked at the Confucian Temple 文庙:

Confucian Temple

Found it pleasant on the inside:

incense thing

Looked at different statues:

statues

Most of which we didn’t understand:

scary dudes

But I liked this one:

metal dude

…I think because of the hand:

hail metal

Then we followed the “old” walls…

red wall

…until we got to another historical relic:

old wall

This used to be the military administrative complex, of course it had been rebuilt too though:

military administration

We walked around in there for a while:

lion statue

wood interior

furniture

Then we got hungry and had lunch in a restaurant across the street.

There was a cop there, but he didn’t bother us:

green wall and friends

Instead, we took pictures together:

group photo

Then we walked past some more buildings:

building

Until we got to what seemed like the former civil administration:

civil administration

Rebuilt, nice and clean:

inner wall

It housed a statue of Lin Zexu 林则徐 (1785-1850), one of the most famous government officials of the late Qing dynasty, who had been sent here as punishment for his firm stance against the British opium trade (which led to the First Opium War of 1839-1842):

Lin Zexu

Of course he hated it here.

We wondered if he would have enjoyed visiting the new “old” buildings in this place. Like the drum tower:

drum tower

Or if he would have deemed the original city walls to be more interesting:

other end of the wall

Even though they were withering away:

house next to wall

We had about enough anyway. And we were tired.

We crossed a small river:

bridge photo

Then there were more sunflowers:

big fat sunflower

They were spared the honor of being jumped around in by us though. We were too lazy this time:

sunflowers

Then we reached Huocheng, a mid-sized town and our walking goal for the night.

It greeted us with a leaping horse:

horse statue

And with a pile of trash:

trash

The town was nicely quiet, except for the noise of birds in the trees. They were literally everywhere.

We had fun with them for a while:

Then we found a hotel room.



  • Steven

    It would be wonderful to walk with an companion!
    And this is the most pictures post even…. haha…

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  • Neil Sandage

    Great Pictures.

    Here is an idea, but I do not claim to know what I am talking about. It’s just that I print things at home and know it is like 0.29 U.S. Dollar for color pages, and 0.01 U.S. Dollar for Black & White laser toner pages. 30x as much for color? ~ The images are such a great page of your journey, I can only imagine how much it affects the cost of a book to have color (Though it seems cheaper on presses (news, ads, books), than the inkjet at home, it likely costs more than B&W).

    He is the part I don’t know about. What about creating a Digital Book or Books? I don’t know what online retailers exist in Germany or China. But we have a company named Amazon.com (You have a page there, so I think you know). They exist in the USA & UK, possibly elsewhere (you tell me)? I did not complete the process, but I know at least two people who write and upload their own books to Amazon. I don’t have a Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ 9″ Tablet (Best value & 254px per inch makes for perfect metric conversion or scaling), but Amazon books can be viewed on a normal computer using free software. So making cutting and pasting (Editing And Formating) your travel log to Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble & Google.com might make it possible to improve financial support.

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