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Long Jiang Temple

Inside one of the Temples, Long Jiang
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LongJiang Tourist Guide (October 2008)
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Long Jiang, locally known as' Shunde, Longgong', is a small city of 100, 000 inhabitants lying 10 miles due South of Foshan. It is famous for furniture, and most of its produce is exported. It is also home of China's famous Dragon Beer, and Eternal domestic electrical appliances. In many ways it can be considered a social backwater, so if you want to meet real Chinese people in a relaxed environment, then this place is for you.

The town I first came to in China, and as crazy a place you will never find again. It is my emotional home in the Orient, and my heart in China. I have so many friends there, and yet what is this place really? A mass of 1,200 furniture factories, a couple of streets, a new Plaza, but the people are truly wonderful. It has the essence of a rural English Town - Chinese style. It is probably better I do not expound in any detail, as I would wish you to form your own opinions and have your personal experiences. Just to say, that if you embrace this small place, then this is serious 'Culture Shock', in the very best senses of that phrase ...

Around 10pm each evening, for about 20 minutes, the main street will be full of bicycles - 6 abreast in both directions. These are the schoolchildren returning home after a days study that started at 7am. Here there is no 'Rule of the Road', you just drive on the side of the road you happen to be on at the time. It is normal for motorbikes and scooters to use the pavements. In the road, first vehicles going in the wrong direction have precedence. Pedestrians will walk outside of these, and the first lane is completed by bikes and scooters. The second lane is usually reserved for cars, oxen and mules; so a visiting truck can cause major confusion

Longjiang is the place, where if you walk down the street, cars will stop in the middle of the road, just so the driver can look at you! This town also has the 2 best street-bars in China, and also the best restaurant ever - Dunobe, where you can sit in the reserved circle and eat great western style food, whilst listening to someone play the grand piano

Opposite is the Buddhist Temple and mountain, and wherein lies the very best free temple complex I have seen in China - truly breath-taking. I would like to show you the room of 10,000 golden Buddha's; and walk you to the top of the hill where you can see the horizon in every direction; for Long Jiang is always the meeting place of the 2 Dragons: the Dragon of the mountain, and the Dragon of the river - and Chinese Dragons are always wanted and very beneficial

For me personally, I would like to share with you my good times, my good friends, and a certain humanity, or humility, lacking elsewhere in China
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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