The Fujian Adventure: Guide to Fujian
by Bill Brown
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Welcome to the people and places of "Fukien," ancient cradle of Chinese seafaring and Marco Polo's legendary port of Zayton.
Meet the "real Sinbad," Admiral Zhenghe (aka Sanbao)l the abbot of the ancient Southern Shaolin Kung Fu Temple; the Hui'an maidens who cover their heads, bare their bellies, and only sleep with their husbands 3 nights a year; the firewalkers who brave flaming coals bearing heavy idols; the melancholy Miss Mo, who became the sea goddess Mazu; Zayton's famous marionette makers; the Anxi farmers whose ancestors produced the tea tossed overboard during the Boston Tea Party. Visit China's first Protestant church and the planet's last Manichean temple.
Explore the Roaring 20's "Richest square mile on earth," Gulangyu, which even today has over 1,000 "Amoy Deco" mansions. Discover the secret of the Hakka roundhouses that Nixon and the CIA thought were missile silos, and then visit the nearby Amoy tiger preserve. Enjoy scenic Sanming, with China's 4th largest gem beds, China's largest sleeping Buddha, Ming Dynasty villages, enchanting caverns and underground lakes. Marvel at Wuyi Mountain's 2,000-year-old Min Palace, and the Eden-like biological diversity that drew French naturalists in the 1700s to study the rare plants, king cobras and 33 foot pythons.
And there's Fujian food. Moliere said "Man should eat to live, not live to eat," but Dr. Bill says, "Moliere never ate Chinese food -- especially in Fujian, where folks will eat anything that does not eat them first.
Fujian's torturous terrain ("8 parts mountain, 1 part water, 1 part fields") not only gave rise to an innovative and tough people but also to more local dialects and greater cultural diversity -- including cuisines -- than any other province. Every hill, valley and river has a story behind it, and Dr. Bill invites you to explore them.
Author Bill Brown, Prof. of Organizational Behavior and Business Strategy at School of Management, Xiamen University, was Fujian's first foreign ...
Length: 524 Pages (6,655 KB)Lending: EnabledAdded: Sep 27th, 2020