Day 4 Thursday July 13

Oldest and Biggest Buddhist Temple in Jiāngxī Province

Outdoor Night Dancing

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171126 Xiushui to LongAn

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We drove from Xiūshuǐ to the Lóng’ān Hills to visit the Dōulǜ Zen Buddhist meditation temple. It was originally built around A.D. 589. It is the oldest and one of the largest temples built (and being rebuilt) in the northern Jiāngxī area. (Maps by Google Maps)

Pronunciation guide:

  • Xiūshuǐ (“syoh shwey”)
  • Lóng’ān (“long ahn”)
  • Dōulǜ (“doh lew”)
  • Jiāngxī (“jyahng syee”)

If you’re interested in more info on this temple, please click on one of the links below:

Figs. 2 and 3 below are panoramas of the Dǒulǜ Meditation Temple.

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The entrance to Dōulǜ Meditation Temple, still under reconstruction. Center, left to right:

  • Xiǎogē (“syao guh”),  my wife’s second older brother
  • Xiángmǔ (“syahng moo”), my wife Doris
  • Our driver, a friend of the family

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Inside the entrance courtyard.

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Inside the entrance courtyard. If any of my Chinese friends could tell me about this structure, please let me know. Please click here for my contact information.

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I, Jerry, in the entrance courtyard.

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Coming from an architectural background, I found the architectural details of this place fascinating.

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Coming from an architectural background, I found the architectural details of this place fascinating. :) This is my architecturally fascinating wife, Doris (祥牡)! :)

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One of the courtyards of the temple. My wife and brother-in-law with a Buddhist monk.

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Xiángmǔ and Xiǎogē, Doris with Second Older Brother.

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Second Older Brother and I.

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First banquet with Doris’ extended family during the meal.

W13-171211 Day 4 Dinner the Courses

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The first banquet with Doris’ family. There were probably over 15 courses! I didn’t want to bore you with pictures of each and every one! :)

W13-171218 My Plate During the Evening

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My plate throughout the evening banquet.

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After the banquet, seated L – R:

  • Bàba (“bah bah”), my wife’s father
  • Bàba’s sister-in-law

Standing:

  • My wife’s extended family

W13-180103 Doris Family after Banquet

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After the banquet, my wife’s extended family.

Later, three of the ladies and I went together to qù sàn bù (“chyew sahn boo,” “go for a walk,” 去散步). Taking a stroll is a very popular activity during the warm summer evenings. We came upon a large outdoor plaza where a lot of ladies were dancing together (Figs. 16-18 below). Dancing in the evenings is very popular for enjoyment as well as for exercise.

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W13-180112 Late-Night Snack

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It was about 8:30 p.m. or so when we finished the banquet. By 9:30 p.m., we were eating AGAIN! I guess taking walks works up the appetite!

W13-180116 Street Vendors in Front of Restaurant

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While the ladies were chatting in Jiāngxī Huà (a local Chinese dialect different from Mandarin), I went outdoors to take pictures on the street. I shot the above photos right in front of the restaurant!

End of Day 4 (July 13, 2017)

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