Chongwu Town, February 2018. The ancient walled city of Chongwu is fascinatingly situated in southeastern China’s Fujian province, right on a peninsula jutting out into The Taiwan Strait. In reality though Chongwu isn’t a city, but a run-down fishing town with a tourist industry that revolves around the truly impressive Stone Arts Expo Park.
Chongwu Town, February 2018. The town itself holds little interest and can be covered on foot in about half an hour or so. The highlight is undoubtedly this dry, mud hole of a harbor with its army of haunted ghost boats. It’s the perfect setting for anyone wanting to shoot an apocalyptic maritime-themed horror movie.
Chongwu Town, February 2018. I’m not sure what role, if any, the local council or government bodies play in the upkeep of the town harbor, but it’s clear nobody gives a crap. Gazing out over the rotting wreckage, Wonderboy and I couldn’t help but speculate just how long this particular vessel had been slumped here for it to reach this level of decay.
Chongwu Town, February 2018. Having spent virtually the whole afternoon strolling around The Stone Arts Expo Park, we decided to settle in one of the town’s coffee shops before heading off back to Quanzhou. So we chose Café Medo, a 1960s themed joint with a jazz vibe and framed photographs of Marilyn and Elvis. But having leafed through their menu and ordered our coffees, the waitress suddenly announced that there was “no water”. This photo was taken shortly before the bad news broke. Poor old Wonderboy, he looks so happy at the prospect of an imminent coffee. A short while later, it was the same story at another café and it became clear that the great drought of Chongwu had spread from the harbour into its streets and commercial establishments. Epic, epic fail.
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