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seafood selection or pet store!!

We woke up to a knock on the door. When we went into the living room we were surprised to see two more people. Junes cousin and her husband from Hunan had arrived late the night before and were also staying in the apartment. Xia Xia and her dad, and Hong Bo and her husband Zhang and Monica and Wilson crammed into Zhang’s Audi and we went for breakfast on the street, good noodles  with soup  for Monica and soup and dumplings for Wilson;  perfect for a sore throat  and very filling. After breakfast we squeezed back into the car and the uncle drove us to the Nanshan Buddhism Cultural tourist area. It was on the beach, south west of the most southern city of china and a very popular destination for the local populous.

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On the way we saw a lot of locals and venders on the side of the road selling incense;  the sticks varied in size from about a foot long to six feet long and thicker than a baseball bat. They were all adorned in very colorful wrappings.  We visited the park (after paying about 150 RMB each). It’s really hard to say just exactly what the main attraction was, but  it was probably the 10 story tall (15 meters taller than the statue of liberty)  Buddhist statue on the man made island at the end of the walk way  with the cloud of incense billowing up from the bottom. There were other Buddhist related statues where people could buy and burn more incense and further add to the air pollution.  There was also a special area for dragon worship where you could admire the wet dragon statue (20 RMB extra for that privilege).

Taller than the Statue of Liberty!
Washing your hands in the dragon water and touching the dragon was sure to improve your health and make you wealthy and wise. We will see.  From there you could try and throw your loose change through small holes in the wall, or purchase some floating candles to light and place in the water in front of the dragon. Your last chance to make an offering was to buy a gold Hong paw envelope, insert more money, and put it in the pearl that the dragons are infatuated with. The whole thing must have been an incredibly religious experience for the locals; they couldn’t get enough of it. The park area itself was beautiful and we enjoyed feeding the pigeons.

From there we went to the End of the Earth. It’s only about 20Km from Sanya and was full of Chinese tourists in their flowered shirt and shorts combos.

Coin toss - the prize is your wishes granted!
The area was attractive with wonderful landscaping, Here you enjoy each rock along the coast; they each had a meaning according to their size and shape. Many had Chinese characters carved into them, or whole poems. …It was all supposed to be very romantic….a loving place.

We delighted in drinking cold coconut juice and  visiting the venders stalls along the side of the walk ways.  Pears and shells were the most abundant things, and the vendors were always quick to scratch away at the pearls to show you that they were authentic. Prices varied from 200 RMB to 14,000 RMB for a pearl necklace.  They looked pretty much the same to me.

We returned to the apartment for a short time to relax and then went downtown to a sea food market to eat.

Sea Food Dinner
We had a great selection of 12 dishes including fish, clams, shrimps, prawns, scallops, vegetables , crabs,  etc.. (and beer)  Everything was fresh, kept alive in an aquarium until you request it to be prepared.  It was delicious and plentiful!!!!! Monica , Xia xia, and Wilson found their way back to the apartment in the bus, allowing the others to visit and have some time on their own.

We were surprised later in the evening when they arrived back at the apartment. It looked like Yuan-man was just wearing his underwear! It seems that they went to the beach after dinner and he had a bit of a swim before returning to the house.  Maybe we should have skipped the beer at dinner. It was a fun evening and a full day.

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seafood selection or pet store!!
seafood selection or pet store!!
Smoke
Smoke
Taller than the Statue of Liberty!
Taller than the Statue of Liberty!
Coin toss - the prize is your wish…
Coin toss - the prize is your wis…
Sea Food Dinner
Sea Food Dinner
Monkey boys outside the ink Dragon…
Monkey boys outside the ink Drago…
Example of the various animal shap…
Example of the various animal sha…
Time out for a trinket!
Time out for a trinket!
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