Chinese Buddhist and other temples, Yuncheng, China

1300 years old ‘iron bull’
There are 4 iron bull’s at this historic site that represent the 4 ancient nations of China and they are estimated to be around 1300 years old. The bulls secured a huge river bridge spanning the mighty Yellow river. The river has since changed it’s course and left this now dry land with this wonderful sight. It’s amazing how they could forge iron to this standard 1300 years ago.
The gardens at the iron bull site.

Iron bull site entrance

Model of temple

Ill fated lovers at the love temple. She was rich and he was poor so the marriage was forbidden by Ying Ying’s mother. Ying Ying’s the woman by the way.


Big drum housing. Bang he huge drum and get good luck.

The big bell. Ring the bell and get good luck.

Lovers temple entrance

Lovers temple

Elephants at the entrance

‘Gaunli’ temple main building. Guanli was a hero in China and was a giant of a man wielding an axe that weighed 1500 Kgs

‘Guanli’ temple

Entrance to ‘Guanli’ temple

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Yuncheng, China

Yuncheng, China 

I finished work at the factory at the usual time and got transport to the hotel with the rest of the guys from work. we went for dinner in the hotel restaurant and enjoyed some top notch Chinese food. people drifted away and I was left alone at the table finishing my last cigarette before retiring to my room when two Chinese waitresses appeared and said something to me which I obviously did not understand. I stood up to leave because I thought that they wanted to clear the table, at which point one of the girls produced a mobile phone and beckoned me to have a picture taken with her friend. I of course obliged and then it was the first girls turn. She stood close made the usual victory sign, the camera clicked and they both ran off in a fit of giggles. I guess they don’t get many foreigners in this area of China. Damned friendly these Chinese people!
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Papaya for Thai food ‘Som Tam’



Coming form the UK I am used to seeing potato, tomato and even carrots planted in the garden. In Thailand things get to be a little more exotic. Here is a pic of my wife’s papaya tree, which has grown in around 2 months. Everything grows so quickly here.

Papaya is a stale in the North east of Thailand and is used to make the traditional Thai dish called ‘somtam’. Many Thais eat som tam morning noon or night and I will tell you that this is the most spicy dish that I have ever tried, it’s almost nuclear and not for the faint hearted.. The Isaan (North Eastern Thailand) name for this dish is ‘Tam mak hoong’ and it is a spicy salad made from sliced unripened papaya.



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