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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.
... in China. I have seen better Chinese temples in Thailand so we shall wait and see. It was an old temple dating back to the Tang Dynasty and did have some very attractive roofs and woodwork. A huge laughing Buddha was flanked by four very colourful warriors. We strolled through the gardens which were attractive but very full of people as it was a Saturday. After this it was back on the bus for the next destination which was a small Museum. ...
We left the Indigo Hotel and caught a taxi to the cable car. This was really funny as no-one in Xiamen seems to know they have a cable car here but we had seen it from the road. We eventually found it. It was a beautiful day and the views were stunning. We then went for a lovely wak around the Botanical Gardens.
We set off from our hotel to have another day exploring this delightful island. We started at the Love Lane Cafe for breakfast. For me very reminiscent of Frome with retro decor and a rooftop terrace.
We walked through the Longhsn Tunnel to the seafront and found ourselves in a modern part of the island complete with MacDonalds. Whilst Will was taking a photo ...