Straight To Wok With.....

Trip Start Jan 16, 2009
Trip End May 26, 2009

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Flag of China  , Fujian,
Monday, March 2, 2009

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We are in Xiamen now, very close to our last entry, on the map, but not the same place, a whole different island.
Xiamen used to be called Amoy, like the range of cooking sauces and noodles in the UK, hence blog name...

We managed to get the right ferry here and didn't go around the island again! Although the ferry terminal wasn't where we expected it to be... Gulang Yu was looking pretty busy on Saturday so was probably best we left then, that and we'd have had to have moved to a more expensive room due to the busy-ness. On the ferry we met a Japanese guy called Tomoyama who had been on the same train from Hangzhou and was going to the same place we were going now, he was going to walk it and we got the bus though. We got bus number 71 after asking in all the other buses which one we wanted using the trusty, pointing at a map manouver.
When we got to the Xiamen International YH there were English voices so we made some friends with some girls who are in China teaching English and had come to the sea for a weekend. We had a sandwich whilst we waited for our room to be ready for checkin at 2 (Emma W had a fail tuna sandwich). We found out we were sharing a room with the girls and that it was one of them (Jess's) birthday the next day. Excellent excuse to party.
After settling in to our room we decided to go explore some sights, we met Tomoyama in a corridor and set off in then generla direction of the University, which is supposed to have a beautiful campus. We got to a temple, the nan tucket temple? nan puto? nan putuo temple.
There was a lot of incense going on, and as it was a saturday it was really busy. We looked round the various buildings, with various buddhas, followed the path up.
It turned out up was a long way up, we were unprepared for hiking up millions of steps and it came as quite a surprise just how much up there was. But we had already come to far to go back by the time we realised there was a lot more steps.
There were good views over the sea and Gulang Yu and Jinamen (Taiwanese island). At the top there was a shop selling water! but no cable car down...
So the lot of up, turned into a lot of down!
Jiggered we chilled out in our room until tea time (which wasn't very long) The english girls came back and started to get ready to go out, they had nice clothes and shoes and looked smart. This isn't mine and Emmas style unfortunatley, we put on a coat of mascara and were ready to go. Feeling we definalty need nicer clothes soon, perhaps just earrings or something. But something nice nonetheless.
We had tea at pizza hut, for jess's birthday. there were about 11 of us in the end, all essentially strangers, but it was cool. The service was awful, we only got half the drinks we ordered and the food came out randomly. We got some discount for that, but the bill was chaotic, noone ever has change and it never adds up right! We got it settled in the end!
There was a little bar, called bar 13, next to our hostel, where all drinks are 13Y, 1pound30ish. The bar man was very cool, smoking a massive pipe, see pics. At about midngiht we ended up going to a club. We got in for free as we were Westerners but drinks were as expensive as our tea! The dancing on show was to be seen to be believed. The club had dancers who were wearing tradional chinese dresses of sorts, very short dresses,  they all looked miserable, its was quite funny how miserable they looked. The chinese men dancing was totally the oposite. There was lots of jumping and handholding, with each other, and thrusting and in general limbs everywhere. It was the funniest thing to watch ever. Especially when they tried to include the western guys who werent as keen on holding hands and hugging.
We had a really good night :).
Today we didn't get up too early, lets not get carried away. We had a cheap lunch of a pancakey/eggy/fishy thing which was 60p and really good. Went to the supermarket as tommorrow we're on the move again, choosing noodles doesnt get any easier but I think weve sussed the bread now.
We took a bus to town and looked round the sights of Xiamen, there are loads of little clothes boutiques that just go on forever and have really cool clothes, EmmaW bought some earrings, so now has a going out ensemble.
We had tea at a very classy restaurant on the seafront, it had very dim lights, a shark tank and a piano player. we ordered a pork dish and a prawn dish. Prawns seemed a good idea as we are by the sea, but shelling prawns with chopsticks was hilarious. And very difficult. I think the waitresses thought it was hilarious as she came to us at the end with knives and forks as if to say "what are you doing to those prawns" perhaps we should have just eaten the shells...
Tommorrow we are going to Guilin hopefully on a bus at 0850am which will take 18h, so we arrive there at 3am, luckily we already sorted a hostel close to the bus station.
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