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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 ...
... to the train station, so went off early-ish to Gulangyu Island - just off the coast of Xiamen, it is famous for it's colonial architecture, beaches and history. Foreigners, after the Opium War, would settle here. Like everything in China, getting here was not easy. I ended up getting a taxi to the ferry port as it was only 10 minutes away from my hostel. After trying to buy a ticket at the port, I was told that because I was foreign I couldn't buy a ticket here and I had to ...
... jumped up and down along the keyboard and obviously had fun. This is a tourist destination for Chinese. Chinese don't like brown skin. To them, it shows that you are poor, having to work in the fields. And so they cover up as much of their body as they can. And so to the silly hat brigade. We have never seen so many men wearing women's sun hats. You know, the ones with pretty pink lace, flowers and veils on them. I have wanted to take photos, but am too polite. It has, however, ...
... and Gravol helped, but after tossing and turning (literally) through the night, both of us were happy to reach port the next morning.
We hadn't heard of Xiamen ( pronounced something closer to Shamen) before it appeared on our itinerary, which is surprising as it is an active port city of over 3.5 million people. It ...
... 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 ...