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... properly - travelling at weekends is always a race against the clock.
After that, I spent a while on the island just standing on the beach staring at the sea hoping to see dolphins again - but no luck! It was a lovely place - beautiful buildings and gardens/parks. Everything was overpriced though. This place is nicknamed 'Piano Island' and you hear plenty of people playing music on the streets which makes it a very peaceful area, despite the hordes of tourists. I visited ...
... 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. ...
... actually cross the road, well that was fun!!! We managed to not be run down by pushbikes, motorbikes, cars, taxis, buses and trucks!! And I forgot all the pedestrians that just barge through anyway!
Once we got to the Temple entrance, our tour leader said we could either do our own thing or he will explain along the way so we decided that would be better. The first area had a few ponds and they had fish and so many turtles of all sizes. The first main ...
Had a lazy day today staying around the Hotel Indigo. We walked down Zhongshan Lu and had lunch at Aijsen Ramen, one of our favourite Japanese restaurant chains. We then wandered back to the hotel and had afternoon tea sitting up in the restaurant area overlooking the harbour and Gulangyu Island, unfortunately not warm or nice enough to sit outside.
We took a 30 minute taxi ride out to the Jimei Educational Village, a suburb of Xiamen with a lovely university campus and more colonial buildings.
Came back to the harbour area of Xiamen and wandered down Zhonghsan Lu Walking Street and then took a detour through little market areas. Met a lovely Chinese girl and her brother at the Church, where a Chinese Christian wedding ceremony was just about to begin.