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Sik Sik Yuen Garden
PRAISEHIMANYHOW | Hong Kong | 8/2/2005 10:24:18 AM

Sik Sik Yuen Garden is a veritable oasis of serenity amid the chaos of Hong Kong's bustling city life. The garden is a peaceful green spot, and it is visited by many tourists as well as the locals.

This sanctuary offers viewers a picturesque Kodak moment in just about every inch of the garden. As an exotic yet traditional Chinese garden, Sik Sik Yuen is full of pavilions, ponds, streams, rocks, bridges, flowers, trees, a corridor, and a man-made waterfall.

The garden is one of two gardens on the Wong Tai Sin Temple Compound. Along with the Sik Sik Yuen Garden, the other features of the Wong Tai Sin Temple include: the triple-arch gate; two terraces; the main altar; the Three Saints Hall; the five geomantic buildings of Bronze Pavilion, Archives Hall, Fountain, Yue Heung Shrine, and Earth Wall; the Unicorn Hall; the Ye Mut Hall; the Fung Ming Hall; and the Nine Dragon Wall Garden.

Lastly, after a leisurely stroll through Sik Sik Yuen, if you enjoy having your fortune told then you can visit the fortune-telling arcade, which also is a part of the Wong Tai Sin Temple complex. Additionally, there are oblation stalls that are in this complex.

A Five-Star Hotel
PRAISEHIMANYHOW | Guangdong | 7/28/2005 7:13:19 PM

Sitting on the corner of one of Foshan's busiest intersections is Foshan Hotel, the city's best known 5-Star Hotel. I like the fact that it is within walking distance from where I teach and live, allowing family and friends visiting me to be literally right around the corner from me.

Foshan Eastern Square
PRAISEHIMANYHOW | Guangdong | 7/26/2005 2:47:00 AM

Avoid shopping in this tourist trap. The gifts are beautiful but WAYYYYYYY overpriced. The whole purpose of this store, which contains only traditional Chinese products, is to create a one-stop shopping atmosphere for tourists who do not have time to compare prices.

The store has two floors. On the first floor are various teas and Chinese medicines. On the second floor are traditional Chinese-style shoes, scrolls, jade products, lanterns, humungous vases, et cetera.

Sitting Mother Buddha Statue (Guanyin)
PRAISEHIMANYHOW | Guangdong | 7/26/2005 2:36:03 AM

This awe-inspiring statue of the sitting Guanyin or Mother Buddha is a 61.9-meter-high copper sculpture considered to be the largest one of its kind in the world. She sits atop the famous Xiqiao Mountain located in the southwestern part of Nanhai City and is well worth the steep climb to Daxian Hill peak.

The Mother Buddha is my favorite of the top scenic spots in Foshan. The mountain also is breath taking filled with luscious green trees, bubbling springs, gorgeous waterfalls, and fragrant flowers. A "must see" in southern China.

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