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Fudao – 12 mile Treetop Walkway in Fuzhou
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January 13, 2019
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Inspired by Alexandra Arch & Forest Walk in Singapore, Fuzhou government decided to build something similar, but in greater scale and length, to our dear city of banyan trees. The man-made wonder was named Fudao, meaning ‘trail of fortunes’. Legend had it that a donkey caravan, instead of all the heavy machinery, was employed to transport building materials in order to minimize the impact to the nature during its construction from 2015 to the end of 2017. Since its opening to the public, Fudao has been gaining popularity among locals and visitors alike due to its treetop experience unlike any before. (more…)

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New Chapel Reborn in Flower Lane
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December 17, 2017
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Flower Lane Church

“On that night, Christ was born in a stable..’  is heard in the last Sunday worship before Christmas, in the brightly-lit Flower Lane Church (7 Flower Lane, N. Bayiqi Road), all seats being occupied, the elders holding the Bible and softly reading the texts, young couples sitting closely, kids making occasional noises – soon to be motioned to stop by the volunteering staff.

The congregation were attending the sermon delivered by Priest Ming Chen. It was Away in a Manger for the evening, and of course Christmas was coming around.

It will be a special Christmas for the church goers this year.

The new Flower Lane Church is going to be officially launched after a major renovation project, which is symbolized by the install of a gigantic pipe organ running across the entire front wall inside the chapel. It is roughly estimated that 10 percent of the whole population of Fuzhou are Christians, and half of them come from Flower Lane. (more…)

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Sailing in China
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November 11, 2017
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Sailing in China

What is Sailing?

Harnessing the the energy of the wind to power a boat through the water…The people in the boat are called the crew. The boss is by tradition usually the driver (helm or skipper). The crew have to understand how to position the sails in relation to the wind to maximise the speed of the boat through the water. If the job is done skilfully, it will get to its destination in the quickest possible time.

An understanding of weather, hydrodynamics, aeronautics and the body has to learn to balance the boat and ride the waves to drive the boat fast through the water.

Small boats (dingy) would have 1 or 2 people, and be easy to tip over sending the occupant for a swim. Perfect sense of balance and control is essential to master these boats. Youngsters would learn in an OP (oppy) class then graduate into bigger and more complex boats as their age and skill level progressed. These boats would be used on inland waters and on the sea near the beach for perhaps 1-2 hours at a time.

Medium boats (yachts) would have a bigger crew, bigger sails, stable in that it will not usually tip over, and be suitable for the sea going further afield some kilometres from shore. Usually the journey would be within 8 hours, no cooking or sleeping facilities on the boat.

Large boats (yachts) would be suitable for large sea crossings and going around the world. Journeys of some days or weeks, so equipped with cooking facilities, beds, fresh water food etc needed to survive. (more…)

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Cork Carving – Part 2
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August 5, 2017
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Cork carvings are artwork carved out of Robur bark, making advantage of the ductile and porous nature of the wood to form miniature sculptures of mainly traditional Chinese architectures and landscapes. Wu Qiqi, a native of Fuzhou, was the artist that invented this method of carving, and was honored the Father of Cork-carving Art. Mr. Wu enrolled in Fujian Handicrafts School to study the wood working in the year of 1910. And 5 years later, landscape paintings were introduced to China from Europe. This new art form was included in the Wu’s school curriculum, and instantly galvanized Wu’s interest. It’s his passion that motivated him to innovate the western techniques he learnt, and combined with Chinese approach on water paintings. He was encouraged by the appreciation from the people around him, and proceeded to start the first cork-carving studio in China and earned a slew of awards for their creations.His apprentices continued to contribute exquisite pieces influenced by Wu’s innovations and dedication to the art. (more…)

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My first visit to a Chinese Clinic.. in Fuzhou
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January 4, 2017
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By Amanda Sinclair

I struck down, after 6 months living in China. It came on slowly, and then suddenly hit. I thought it was a simple bug, and armed with antibiotics written in Chinese, I headed to the pharmacy and bought myself some medication, thinking that, an early night, and lots of water would see me right as rain. And yes, you can buy antibiotics over the counter here in China without a need for a prescription.

My plan did not work out as I had expected. Instead I went to bed feeling worse, if that was possible than I originally felt, and was even up throughout the night running to and from the bathroom. So my hope of a restful night, and plenty of sleep did not work. I called into work sick the next day, thinking the tablets hadn’t had enough time to kick in, and promising myself the day of rest that I probably needed. Plus I didn’t want to make any children ill. (more…)

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Leaving China with your Pets
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November 24, 2016
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Leaving China with your Pets

In a previous article some of the requirements, by no means all of them, or the considerations, of looking after a pet in China were discussed, so lets look at what to do with your pet when you are leaving. If it is only for a short period of time, there are the kennels, or some really good friends. However, if this is the end of your contract, a permanent departure, you need to either look at rehoming or relocating. Now rehoming is simple. You find someone who wants your pet, and will look after them correctly, and for a few days or weeks before leaving introduce them, and let them spend time together, before completely abandoning your pet with someone. Pets can have abandonment issues just like humans too. (more…)

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Thoughts on Animals while Living in Fuzhou
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October 24, 2016
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By Amanda Sinclair

There are many aspects of life whilst living in China. The difference in communication, culture, food, music, fashion, and even animals, and so many more.

So I am a keen animal lover, I have dogs, I have had rabbits, cats, goats, hamsters, chickens, and so many other animals. I love animals so much, that I am a vegetarian. Due to this, I have to admit I was slightly wary about coming to China, where in certain provinces they eat dogs, snakes, rabbits, and every animal I have ever kept as a pet.

When I arrived, I was so pleased to hear other people, native Chinese, saying that they would never eat dogs, that they think it is horrific. But yet there were plenty of people carrying snakes around in bags, and just in their hands, offering them to you, well for you to buy. There are ladies carrying sticks over their shoulders, either end of the stick about 6 or 7 ducks tied to it, by their feet. Or else in bags, attached to the end of the sticks. There are stray dogs walking around, often in packs at night, no cats, that I am aware of. (more…)

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Cork Carving – Part 1
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July 5, 2016
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Cork Carving

Fuzhou cork carvings are considered one of Fuzhou’s three treasures along with bodiless lacquer ware and Shoushan stone carvings.The craftsman’s combination of talented  carving skills and traditional painting techniques make it a unique art form applauded by the art world.

The Embryo
Cork carvings were born and took shape in the beginning of Republic of China period. The art of cork carving was started in a process very similar to that in which Issaic Newton stumbled on the Law of Gravity by observing a falling apple. Mr. Wu Qiqi, known as the “father of cork carving art”, created some lovely postcards by carving away the cypress wood from the old fashioned life buoy. These creations came about in the year of 1910 while Mr. Wu was a student in a local art school. (more…)

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Surprise Goodbyes!
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October 31, 2015
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Group pic at the going away party

As the raucous chaos of student street slowly gave way to the quiet rustling of brooms and the occasional clanks and clinks of the garbage collectors, the crowd of foreign faces gathered at La Pisce Bar refused to give in and call it a night. There had been too many emotions running just below the surface all night, and too much beer flowing just above it. Too much to process, too much to consider – way too many highs and lows, even for this (mostly) hardened group of expats.
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MinRiver Tea Special – Part 2
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October 10, 2015
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Chris West

[It is with a little surprise that I heard of a gentleman, Chris West, from England, having moved to China seven or eight years ago now growing and producing tea within China. I know I have already said that the English are notorious tea drinkers, but we have never been considered tea growers, or connoisseurs on the same level as China. So I wondered what made him want to come all the way to Fuzhou and start producing tea. He was kind enough to give me some of his time and answer some questions.    – Amanda Sinclair, Fuzhou Expat Author]

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