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Day 12 (26.03.2006)

In the morning we flew to Canton (Guangzhou). The airplane was a Boeing 737 and the flight took about 45 minutes. From the airport we drove to the Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family which was built in 1894. It consists of 6 courtyards and 9 main halls. This temple served to worship the ancestors of the Chen Family. The roofs of this temple are decorated with many colorful ceramic figures. The interior of this temple is also very artistic. We walked through this temple and admired the nice Chinese works of art. At the end we went to the garden of this temple. The plants in the courtyards and in the garden were subtropical. The atmospheric humidity in Canton is very high.

Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family
The Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family

After that we drove to the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. This temple was built in 537 and at the beginning of the 10th century it burned down. At the end of the 10th century this temple was rebuilt by Buddhist monks. First we went to the three big Buddha statues in the Grand Hall of this temple. After visiting the other halls I went into the Flowery Pagoda which also belongs to this temple. This pagoda was built in the 11th century and it is 57 m high. From the top I saw the other two tourists from our group and our tour guide. After that we drove to lunch. Afterwards we drove to an art factory which produces different Chinese works of art. After that we drove to the hotel. Later I walked alone through Canton. On the streets the vegetation was also typical subtropical. In the evening the couple and me ate together in the hotel restaurant.

Flowery Pagoda
The Flowery Pagoda

Temple of the Six Banyan Trees
The Temple of the Six Banyan Trees

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