Minnan Hotel Xiamen
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Friday 11 Sep 15 – Xiamen
Arrived in Xiamen (~Zowmin) right on time at 7am to a rather smoggy morning – but fine. Had to get moving early as we had to be ready to leave the ship for our tour of Xiamen at 7am, so breakfast was at 6am and a 5:30am wakeup. The port is about 2 hours up a river estuary and this is done at slow speed, particularly given the size of the ship.
The bus trip to arrive at our tour ...
... was scared at the speed we were going it was so exhilarating, I loved it! At least the roads were pretty much empty, not like the chaotic traffic around Houjie where you fear for your life every time you have to cross a road. The bike dropped me off at a tulou cluster in the absolute middle of nowhere, with no other tourists in sight. I walked through farmland, banana plantations, and paddy fields, with pigs and chickens running around my feet. It was really quiet - it was ...
... amusement. And yes, there is another toilet story to add to the repoitoire. This time, I had nothing to brace myself against, and stumbled slightly backwards. The flush button was just behind me, and so I managed to stand up at the same time as pushing the button with my buttocks. So clever! It has been a wonderful holiday. Warm, relaxing, entertaining, good food and plenty to see. It has felt like a lot longer than three days. I am sure the lack of cars/bikes has a lot to do with ...
... China in the early 1980s, and is a busy port and popular coastal destination. The lovely Gulangyu Island is a short ferry ride directly across from Xiamen, and is famous for being pedestrian only with great beaches, winding lanes and colonial architecture.
We enjoyed our brief visit, and wandered some of the key ...
... back at the bar, Tom is 83 and he was getting stuck into the drinks too, nearly time to start detoxing!! We stayed at the schooner bar for a little while, then said goodnight to all our Aussie friends and headed to our room. Once back at our room, I always check our newsletter called Compass for activities for the following day, then mark off what we will do then I sit for an hour or so adding photos and writing stories for the Travelpod, always something to ...