The theme for our last day in Guizhou was ‘fast’. The plan was to see three different place in Guiyang, all between noon to 19:00 in the evening. that meant everything was supposed to be fast, including the food.
We started the day visiting a place which is considered to be one of Guiyang landmark, Jiaxiu Tower (甲秀楼 – jiǎ xiù lóu). Personally I wouldn’t call it a landmark, it’s just a three stories high Chinese tower.
Nanming River and the bridge add a little bit of nice touch, but again, nothing special. You can find similar towers almost in every Chinese city.
Across the street however, there was something none of us Beijingers have seen closely before.
Dicos (德克士 – dé kè shì) is a very successful Chinese fast food chain, but it is mostly found in the south of China or in relatively small cities which aren’t overrun with KFC and McDonald’s (Beijing has only six, Tianjin and Shanghai – about twenty each). There menu is very similar to KFC and once your inside you can barely tell the difference.
I am not a big fan of fast food, let alone in China, where regular restaurants are also very speedy and their food tastes so much better. But even a non-expert as myself could it’s not as good as what they are trying to replicate.
They did have something on the menu which was original and interesting – chicken fingers with cumin seasoning. Cumin is the spice mostly associated with Xinjiang lamb skewers so it’s basically a fast food Uyghur fusion snack. It didn’t taste as good as I thought it would taste. Cumin goes better with roasted meat than with fried meat.
I think it’s quite clear their business role model is KFC. It’s even more obvious when compare the Chinese names. Both have three characters, one character is the same one (德) and the other two sound similar. But it’s the English name that got my attention. I don’t know who came up with that but the nicest thing I can say about it is that it looks like a typo of the word ‘disco’. the less nice things I can say about it is that it sounds like Latin for royal dick or the name of a very interesting operating system.
After lunch we went to Yangming Ancestral Temple (阳明祠 – yáng míng cí) which lies on Fufeng Mountain (扶风山 – fú fēng shān). It’s a nice set of halls and courtyards dedicated to Yangming, one of the most famous scholars from the period of the Ming Dynasty.
I just couldn’t resist taking a picture of this round hobbit style opening:
From there we went to one of Guiyang’s largest parks – Qianling Park (黔灵公园 – qián líng gōng yuán). Sadly we were given only one hour of free time so we couldn’t really enjoy much of what the park had to offer. Trying to make the best of it, five of us took the cable car to the look out.
The cable car is in the southern part of the park, very close to the main gate on Beijing Road. Ticket price is 20 yuan for each direction. It wasn’t a very clear day but we were still able to see much of Guiyang.
The park is famous for its naughty monkeys but we didn’t see any that day, just some evidence of their existence.
From the park we headed straight to the airport. Dinner was still fast food but this time it was the real deal:
As I previously said, I am not a big fan of fast food. But when given a choice, I usually go for KFC and not McDonald’s, for two reasons:
Those two reason are the Beijing Sauce Chicken Wrap (left) and the Sichuan Spicy Beef Wrap (right). I like them better than any fast food chain burger.
These two wraps also wrap up the series of Class Trip to Guizhou. I hope you found it useful.
Here’s a map showing where the park, the tower and the temple are located:
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