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... of a 4 year PhD course of study – pity it was not in English as she was somewhat difficult to understand at times.
First visit was to Qingjing Temple – an 11th century mosque founded by the local Muslim community. The original mosque is now only ruins and a modern functioning structure sits alongside. It appears there is tolerance for all brands of religion in China although the Muslim community is ...
... and culture are different. A good practice for when we arrive in Shanghai in a few days’ time.
After an easy meal at the Windjammer we were treated to a spectacular evening production in the Royal Theatre. The Sonic Odyssey Production Show, incorporating a beautiful harp like instrument strung across the theatre and a stage drum wall, was a feast for the senses. The dancers, ...
... and tourism for a living, so many of the tulous are still very much in operation. The tulous have only one entrance for safety, and a big square or circle in the centre where they will often keep chickens or grow things, and have a small shrine. Then there are lots of different small rooms - the bottom ones being washrooms, kitchens, dining rooms etc. and the ones on other floors being bedrooms. Anyway, this train journey was the worst one I've been on in China! The ...
... 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 ...