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of Amoy (adapted from "MagicXiamen--Guide
Our province of Fujian (Fukien,
Fuhkien, etc.) has a history extending back before the dawn of Chinese
civilization 5,020 years ago. [I was told China has 5,000 years
of history, but that was 20 years ago]. Fujianese also claim that
scientific records prove that cave relics in Sanming's Wuyishan [三明万寿岩]
are 180,000 years old.
Leave it to the Chinese to keep scientific records for 180,000 years.
Little is known of ancient Fujian inhabitants
like the Mín （闽) because they left no written records, other than some
Shāng Dynasty (商代16th-11th century B.C.) pictographs carved into a rock
in a Huì‘ān (惠安) village.
Eventually, some ancient Chinese wit discovered writing, or at least how
to draw better (Chinese characters are pictographs), and began recording
Fújiàn’s history back around the Warring
States Period (475 – 221 BC). That was when the State of Chu (Húběi and
Húnán Provinces) chewed up the Yuè3 (越) in present-day Jiāngsū (江苏) and
Zhèjiāng (浙江) Provinces. The Yuè fled to Guǎngdōng (广东), Guǎngxī (广西),
Vietnam, and Fújiàn, where they were called
the Mǐnyuè (闽越).
left us some pretty strange relics, such as the 4,020 year old boat-shaped
tombs hundreds of feet up the vertical cliffs of Wǔyí
Mountain (Wǔyíshān, 武夷山). I’ve been dying to know why and how they
made such tombs. Had von Danaken, author of “Chariots of the Gods”, seen
them, he’d have claimed ancient extraterrestrials made frequent stopovers
in Fújiàn, probably for Chinese take-out. NASA may think so too.
Ancient Fújiàn’s Mǐnyuè were joined by such tribes as the Shē clan (Shēzú,畲族)
and the Miáo tribe (Miáozú, 苗族). Originally from the Yangtze River Valley,
the Shē claim descent from a legendary emperor—hence their unique ‘phoenix
clothing’ and ‘phoenix hairstyles’ (Chinese associate phoenix with royalty).
We also have the Dan Tribe (Dànzú但族), whose Mongol ancestors made the
long trek to Fújiàn about 700 years ago. They are not related to the Israelite
tribe of Dàn, though China does have so many Chinese Jews scattered about
that some experts claim they are remnants of Israel’s Lost Tribes.
And given the state of some of our maps, I can see how they got lost.
Whether China really had lost Jews or not is debatable, but we did have
lots of Lost Arabs, with at least 40,000 in ancient Quánzhōu,
the ancient start of the Maritime Silk Route (where Marco Polo sailed
from--just 70 miles north of Xiamen). Their descendants today
include the Dīng (丁) and Guō (郭) clans, some of whom look more Lǎowài
than Lǎonèi, with curly hair and hooked noses.
The Guest People Over 1,000 years ago, entire villages
of “Guest People” (Kèjiā 客家) migrated from the Central Plains to remote
areas of Fújiàn. They have so faithfully preserved their ancient language
and customs that many people mistake them for a minority, but they are
Han and proud of it.
Even after 1,000 years they still call themselves “Guest People”.
To avoid being shown the door, these gutsy “guests” built the
giant earthen fortresses that have fascinated architects the world
over (UNESCO dubbed them “The World’s 8th Wonder”; see p. 148).
They also got the C.I.A.'s attention...
Hakka Silos? I told
some Hakka friends that their homes were round so their wives couldn’t
corner them, and some agreed with me! But back in 1985, President Reagan
and the CIA had a different explanation. An intelligence report warned,
"We are not joking here to use 'group'. The group nuclear base is
likely to be a fact. According to our report through the KH22 satellite
hovering, there are
over 1, 500 unidentified huge mushroom-like buildings in Fujian Province
of China, which are extremely similar to nuclear equipment. New penetrative
satellite can observe through high buildings, but failed in front of the
1, 500 high-rises, in which China's sophistication of nuclear research
can be seen. Therefore, it is
necessary to grasp the nature of the buildings." People’s Daily,
April 7, 2004
In December, 1985,
a couple from the New York
Institute of Photography visited China to take photos—supposedly of scenery
and culture, but their real goal was to photograph the “silos.”
Zhāngzhōu’s Federation of Literature and Art warmly received the “photographers”
and proudly gave them a tour. The couple reported to the CIA that the
“sophisticated” silos were earthen fortresses, some of them centuries
NASA, meanwhile, is probably wondering if the saucer-shaped dwellings
aren’t proof that the ancient Min really did come from space.
....continued in "Magic
Xiamen-Guide to Xiamen"
"Off the Wall"
"Old China Photos &
"Our Daily Noodles"
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