My Photographs: Top 5 Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park Beach, China.

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Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park Beach, February 2018.
I should start this article by saying that I’ve cheated a little bit here. Strictly speaking I should have covered Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park with just a singular Top 5. But then I was so taken with the compound’s gorgeous little private beach that it felt wrong to cram in one or two photos at the end, at the expense of some sculptural delights.

Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park Beach, February 2018. It was a grey, rainy afternoon on the day of our visit, but that didn’t do anything to diminish the beauty of the beach and the views out over Taiwan Strait.

Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park Beach, February 2018. You can also scramble up over the rocks, where there are various inscriptions, engravings and more sculptures.  

Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park Beach, February 2018. In China’s weather forecast Chongwu is the dividing line, the north having a temperate monsoon climate, the south a tropical monsoon climate. To the left lies The South China Sea, to the right the East China Sea. 

Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park Beach, February 2018. This giant turtle sculpture is the most dramatic on the beach. To get close, you’ll need to carefully pick your way down a tricky section of rocks. One wrong step and you might well find yourself on your ass! Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park is open daily, with tickets priced at 45RMB.

Want to visit here? Have a look at my articles on Chongwu Town and Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park.

For more on the region, check out more of my Top 5 articles from around Fujian province.

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My Photographs: Top 5 Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park, China.

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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.

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My Photographs: Top 5 Chongwu Town, China.

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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.

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Xunpu Oyster Village – Quanzhou, China.

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Xunpu Oyster Village, February 2018. I find it reassuring that even after all these years Lonely Planet still comes up with some great recommendations. Their most recent one was to check out this tiny fishing village ten kilometers southeast of Quanzhou city centre. Having been dropped off in one of the most innocuous Chinese streets I’ve ever seen, Wonderboy and I initially doubted we were even in the right place. But then a helpful local stepped in and through the genius of Baidu Translate expertly guided us to where we needed to be. “Follow the road straight!” she said, “until you get to the rock at the entrance of the vegetable market”.

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My Photographs: Top 5 Taihe Mall – Quanzhou, China.

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Taihe Mall, February 2018. They really know how to make a giant mall in China! Wonderboy and I were our way back from Quanzhou’s Xunpu Fishing Village when we spotted a hulking collection of shiny towers at the side of the motorway. So we dipped in, treated ourselves to a Burger King and did some exploring.

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My Photographs: Top 5 Qingyuan Mountain – Quanzhou, China.

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Qingyuan Mountain, February 2018. The beautiful Qingyuan Mountain is a protected national park region of China’s Fujian province, located just three kilometers outside the city of Quanzhou. Dating back to Imperial China’s Tang Dynasty, the mountain is famed for its giant statue of Laozi (also known as Yuxian Rock), the founder of Chinese Taoism.  

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My Photographs: Top 5 Ling Shang Restaurant Village – Yongjia County, China.

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Ling Shang Restaurant Village, November 2017. Having spent the afternoon hiking around the wonderful Yongjia Shu Yuan National Park, I had naturally built up quite an appetite. I could have just gone to a local hole-in-the-wall and filled up on cheerful cheapness. But then I’d have been missing out on this wondrous four hundred year old restaurant village, seemingly engraved into the side of a mountain overlooking a babbling brook.

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