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Image: Jiu Jiang Island

Image: Jiu Jiang Island

Image: Jiu Jiang Island
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Jiu Jiang Tourist Guide (October 2008)
General Comments:

Jiu Jiang is a town lying on the West Pearl River 20 miles Southeast of Foshan. Inter-City coaches are the only way of reaching it, of which there are numerous and frequent versions to choose from

The town of Jiu Jiang is not really notable at all, except for offering another, and different glimpse of rural town life. The main employer is the local rice wine factory. This sits across the river from a Pagoda complex perched atop a small mountain. This is very well worth visiting and comes complete with stunning views

Here my focus lies in the river, or rather, two islands in the river. By this time, the Pearl River has split into 3 main water courses, and Jiu Jiang lies on the West Pearl River at a place where the river must be 2 miles wide! It is hard to define the opposite bank of the river. The second Island from shore offers a heritage site, conservation area and Temple complex. It is an interesting place to visit.

More interesting is the nearer island, which has 24-hour ferry service, and offers activities such as 'Banger Racing', rough terrain vehicles, dodgems and water park. You can also hire such diverse items as in-line roller skates, horses and bicycles.

The island is a little under developed, but does have a shop, bar, manned BBQ and restaurant. It also offers a selection of villas with bed, bathroom and TV for around £7 per night. There are also sections for Disco, Public Karaoke, Dancing, TV, live entertainment, and DIY BBQ tables

For me, the pleasure is in just being 'away from it all'. To sit with friends in one of the gazebo's built on high stilts out over the river, watch the sun go down and see the Chinese lanterns sway in the breeze. It is perfect with waitress service for beers, BBQ and restaurant food. Gazing out over the river 100 miles inland, and I see a nautical version of the M6 motorway, with ships and boats of all shapes and sizes plying their trade - for at any given moment, there will surely be 20 travelling in each direction.

Nearer to shore, a fisherman and his family will be reaping the last catch of the day, and their nets sparkle with silver fish caught. They will collect the fish, (Keeping them live), and stow the net, before cooking on a single gas ring and wok/steamer, eating and going to sleep moored nearby. And this is their life - interesting to see it for real. At other times of the day, other fishermen are active on the river, searching for crabs, prawns etc; which you can buy fresh from the boat at ridiculously cheap prices

Recently the Island's Owner (And another personal friend of mine) has leased a large central section to a great couple who have made serious financial investment to develope an Outward Bound activity centre. The central part of this area features a maze which is open to all visitors to the island. Much of this focuses on Assault Course type arena, and short or week-long courses are available and very cheap. Prices including food, lodgings and supervised instruction by multi-lingual, fully qualified staff, start at around £20 for 3-days. They will also design a program of events to match your own specific requirements. Please contact us for further information

Jiu Jiang Island offers a perfect retreat for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. I recommend you spend a day and night here, taking time to explore hidden trails and a cove with sandy beach, before heading back for some simple amusement park activities. Evenings can be very romantic in such an idyllic setting, before retiring to a well furnished bamboo hut or Japanese style villa
This information is as supplied by the Chinese Embassy in UK, as dated 20th June 2008, and/or other reliable sources. Please check this information yourself as it may alter without notice, and whilst we try our best to ensure it is correct, please do not hold us responsible for any errors - this is intended as a simple guide only
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