My 5: Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park, China.

Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China

1. Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park, February 2018. The only reason to make the trek out to the isolated Chinese outpost of Chongwu is for this fascinating park, set between a section of the town’s ancient walls and a pretty strip of beach overlooking The Taiwan Strait. The section of wall that runs through the park dates back to 1387 and is one of the best preserved city walls in China.

2. Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park, February 2018. There are over five hundred stone sculptures to see throughout the park, most of which have been made by local craftsmen. A good chunk of these depict ancient warriors in various states of fury/elation/defiance/bafflement/despair.

3. Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park, February 2018. They’ve done a great job with the setting, as the park is spotless and green throughout, with many of the sculptures set discreetly between hedges and trees, or in plant-lined corners and nooks.

4. Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park, February 2018. There are some surprising additions to be discovered here and there. This little stone square is an example of that, where Mickey Mouse and a flourishing peacock flank a cheerful-looking Buddha rocking the Rapunzel vibe. Why not?

5. Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park Beach, February 2018. You could easily spend a few hours seeking out all the hidden sculptures throughout the park. There’s also a sizeable temple complex, while the little beach proved so picture perfect I’ve saved it for a separate Top 5. Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park is open daily, with tickets priced at 45RMB (£5/ €5.60/ $6.60).

Want to visit? Have a look at more articles on Chongwu.

For more on the region, check out My 5s from around Fujian province.

Like these? Then why not leaf through my many other 5s from around China.

I’ve also written a short story series called Challenged in China.

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