City Hotel Xiamen
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... a full range of fresh vegetable and fruit produce and meats – both live and butchered.
Again, in the way of Asia, housewives buy meals each day and fresh cuts of meat, fish and poultry are laid out on tables in the open air for sale. Our Western standards of refrigeration do not apply and the local folks seem none the worse for this "appalling" lack of WHS and food standards !!
Back on the buses at 12 noon ...
... the long weekend, I headed to a new province with quite ambitious ideas of all the things I wanted to do in those 3 days. Friday night I got on an overnight, 8 hour train to Yongding, to see the tulous in the southwestern Fujian countryside - tulous are big buildings, normally circular or square, with several floors, that whole clans of people in this area used to live in to protect themselves from bandits and wild animals. Some still live in this way and now depend ...
... skies, and we can clearly see Xiamen and mainland China, depending on which side of the island we are on. A walk around the island might take three hours at a leisurely pace. However, we have never made it right around. The lanes twist and turn every few meters, and I'm always wondering what is around that corner, and so we go off the main path. That little path then converges with four other paths, all at odd angles. The minute we go off the main track, we get lost! A map is ...
... lane ways. Unfortunately our planned guide was a no show, so while we didn't get to see the botanical gardens, we were able to have more time to wander the heart of the city and it certainly showed to be a first world city, with modern amenities and a rich cultural heritage.
The people were extremely welcoming and we didn't see the crowds we expected as most streets were wide walking boulevards that were only moderately busy. We then ventured onto ...
... wander around by ourselves, we decided to split up and go our own ways shopping, again, so many shops. so many people!! We bought only a few items here, had no lunch here but when we met up, we had a sundae from McDonalds !! .
Time was up, head count done once again, our group all here, unlike some groups that were missing people!! Back through customs, back through check in and yes, straight to the bar!! After a full on day, we needed it!