Xiamen Huaqiao Hotel
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... back at the ship at 1:30pm in time for sailing and a late lunch.
Washing and ironing time to fill out the afternoon.
5 O'Clock WineO’clock on the balcony and then on to dinner in Pacific Moon. These afternoons at sea on fine afternoons are just magic - sun setting in the west, calm seas, light breeze and you can see forever. The company and the wine are good too !!
Dinner provided a surprise – we had ...
... monks are walking around and they live right next to the temple in really pretty apartments with gardens. Pretty and colourful roof designs on the temple too. I walked up the surrounding hills - kind of going off the path a bit, I found a cave full of small statues of Buddhist deities. It was so beautiful, maybe the monks come here to pray in solitude? Maybe the statues are old ones that have been discarded (some were a bit broken)? Who knows. Walking further up, I got ...
... number of pianos on it. There is an amazing piano museum, which I am sure Nick's father would love. I wasn't allowed to take photos, but it was a fantastic collection. There was even a corner piano. I imagine you would have to cross your hands over to play it. Continuing the musical theme, a chinaman living in Australia is determined to create the largest organ museum in the world. Again, the collection was amazing. The only thing lacking in both these museums, ironically, was music. ...
... 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! ...
... here was quite pretty, lots of light on all the buildings and along the harbour, many ships here as Xiamen is a major shipping port between Taiwan an Xiamem.
A lot of the Aussies did the same shore excursion as ours so we all experienced abit of cultural and the beaches and the shops.
Dinner was not far away, as we didn't have any lunch so we getting a little bit peckish, don't know how but you have to have some food with alcohol!! Tonight was again ...