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... and Qingjing is the only surviving mosque in this area. It is not large compared to the mosques we have seen in Turkey and the simplicity of the interior is in stark contrast to the Catholic and Protestant churches we have seen in Europe.
Next on the list was Kaiyuan Temple which was completed during the Tang Dynasty. It is a Buddhist temple that features two pagodas of 44 metres and 48 metres in height. The pagodas are supported ...
... beds. Then I got out of there because I was getting creeped out and there were loads of spiders. By this point it was getting late and I decided to find somewhere to stay. My guide book recommended to stay in a tulou and said that because lots of people have moved out, most tulou clusters will have places for you to sleep. Well, I asked around and no one seemed willing to accommodate. The only thing I could think to do was to start walking back to the other cluster and hope ...
... of a hindrance than a help, as many of the roads are not written in, and then some steps up might be drawn in as a road. It took us a long time to realize this, and so it has taken us all three days to get home without getting lost. Luckily, toilets are everywhere, and so getting lost isn't a problem. Locals have set up 'restaurants' in their little courtyards, and so there is always somewhere to eat. Seafood is the speciality here, and so that's what we have eaten. Oyster omelets, ...
... houses for their outstanding selection of Chinese teas. One thing that became obvious quickly inside the real China is that English speaking people, outside major hotels, is hard to find so it is often a very amusing interaction as you negotiate prices in the side streets.
Overall we were extremely impressed at how advanced, clean and developed Xiamen is relative to both our expectations.
Back to the South China Sea for a full day at sea on to Shanghai! ...
... night, this time we dined with Cheryl, her Dad Tom and her twins, William and Kate, lovely family from Melbourne. We had a great meal, lots of drinks and great company, we sat right at the front where everyone came into the dining room, so we all kept chatting to people we knew as they walked in and out, this was a great spot!!
After dinner, there was a production show so we all went to see it, but it had already started but what we saw was good.