Day 31 Quinzhou to Dongxing 104 km

Last day of riding in China, and we got a mix of different roads; some busy highways and some single track rural roads.
The rural roads were a treat, as usual.   At one point, we had to wend our way through a small herd of water buffalo that was hanging out on the road.

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As usual for China, we ran into some road re-building, with the attendant rough cement, potholed gravel, and vehicles swerving all over to find the smoothest route.  That was part of the ride every day; road surfaces seem to break up pretty quickly, what with the overloaded gravel trucks roaring back and forth.  Seems like a not-so-virtuous-circle.

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We were down at sea level, in a delta area, and came across operations that were extracting the sand from the river bottom in a couple of places.  There would be a big barge stationed next to the shore with a huge pump sucking sand & water off the bottom of the river and depositing it on land.  From there, the sand would be scooped up by a big front end loader, dumped into a truck, and hauled off.

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The air was cleaner today, a much lighter haze than usual, which was a nice treat.  Temperature started out below 20, and went up to 34 by noon, when we arrived at the hotel.
Some streets have specially designed light standards; it seems to be one of the things where designers can be creative.  Today, we passsed the fanciest street lights yet; they resemble flying swans:

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