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A Traditional Wedding Banquet at Nanping


One of our best friend holds a traditional wedding banquet  and we are invited  to attend in her village in Nanping. Though the venue  is far from Hangzhou, our family is happy to attend the banquet in Nanping as we have never been there before.

Arrive in Nanping South Station

Arrive in Nanping South Station

Nanping is a small city located in north eastern Fujian province and is  two hours drive  from the famous Wuyi Mountain.  As we have never been there before, we have little knowledge about Nanping  except that we know it is a perfecture-level city.  We search through the internet for information about Nanping, and found that there are only two overnight trains that stop at Nanping. So we book two hard sleeper train tickets on Train NO. K525 and took the overnight trains from Hangzhou to Nanping.

Dense Fog in Nanping

Dense Fog in Nanping

After taking ten hours of long-haul overnight train,we finally arrived at Nanping North Station in the morning.  We were very excited to see this small city , though we had a very bad experience and feel uncomfortable about the train journey.

Nanping is a picturesque old city surrounded by the Minjiang River and the Jianxi River. Similar to Chongqing which is a municipal city, Nanping is a city built on the hills. All the buildings stand along the hills and  is diffciult  to find a flat and wide road in Nanping.  The foggy weather is the unique character of the mountain city and we  see the heavy fog floating above the city which  feel like we are in heaven. As we exit from the train station, we took a taxi to Nanping city to meet our friend and then take  a private car togethter to their village–Liujiacun.

Engraving in the Temple

Engraving in the Temple

Driving in Nanping is a hard job for visitors, as the road is uneven and have to drive along the winding mountain path.  I am grateful that we have reached their village safely.

Peaceful Boat

Peaceful Boat

Liujiacun, means Liu Family village, is a peninsula in Minjiang River. It is also called Carp Island, due to the shape of the village. The air is so fresh here that we decide to take a walk and visit  the Taoist temple in the village and see the landscape nearby.

Boat on Minjiang River

Boat on Minjiang River

It seems time was passing slowly and everything here is peaceful. In the sea, we see fishermen casting their nets from their boats and sometimes  we see cargo ships  passing-by.

Wild Fruit on the hill

Wild Fruit on the hill

At noon, the wedding banquet starts and the.chefs are busy preparing the food outdoor.   We taste the delicious foods and the drinks served by the host. There are many foods with a total of 20 different dishes including beef, lamb, shrimp, crab which we really enjoy very much.

Nice Crabs

Nice Crabs

While we are busy eating our foods,  the bride and bridegroom are busy toasting with their guests one by one. The bride wears a traditional dress,  a golden ring on her finger and a necklace around her neck, while the bridegroom is dressed in a western suit and looks very handsome on this occasion.

Bride and Bridegroom

Bride and Bridegroom

We  enjoy the food and atmosphere at the wedding banquet and by 3pm we are driven back to Nanping city and then heads to the train station to take our train K164 back to Hangzhou. We really had a very good weekend getaway in Nanping.

Nanping Bell Tower

Nanping Bell Tower


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