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I finally located the sun in China!

A couple of relaxing days in Xiamen

sunny

Although the first day was cloudy, it was still warm enough not to have to wear a coat! After having a short wander around the busy and crowded (well it is China after all!) streets of Xiamen town centre, for a little bit of peace the ferry across to Gulangyu Island seemed like the best option.

Preparing our noodles

Preparing our noodles


Fruits ready for blitzing!

Fruits ready for blitzing!


View of the sea!

View of the sea!

Meandering through the main streets, towards the quieter parts of the island, I felt more and more like I was in a James Bond movie set.Charming Mediterranean-style villas stood cheerfully, each one different in shape, style and colour. Park areas with perfectly arranged tropical trees. Clear narrow winding streets with sharp corners (perfect for a motorbike chase scene). Lush semi-tropical greenery, pastel coloured villas...peaceful...quiet...this wasn't China!! Surely I have been transported to the Med?!

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P1060177


Don't know whay I found this amusing??

Don't know whay I found this amusing??

European Style buildings

European Style buildings


The rush is on...

The rush is on...


...for dried meat!!

...for dried meat!!


Matching outfits!

Matching outfits!


Twins, sisters or best friends??

Twins, sisters or best friends??

The next day was warmer than the first, so a trip to the beach was first on the agenda. After walking for 10 minutes down the street I realised that for the first time on my trip it was too warm for trainers! Heading back to the hostel I dug down into the depths of my rucksack, rummaging around, eventually I pulled out...my sandals! Finally my feet could breathe.

Along Xiamen beach is a board-walk which stretches from the University for about the equivalent of a 3 hour (leisurely)stroll. It was still not warm enough for sun-bathing, but walking along part of the Chinese coast was just what I needed. The sea was luke warm, just enough to dip your toes in. The coastal wind was warm, the sounds of the sea were refreshing, the sun on my face was revitalizing.

Giant fish bones

Giant fish bones


It's amazing what can keep you amused on a beach!

It's amazing what can keep you amused on a beach!

Sea!

Sea!

Posted by Melanie Kidd 05:23 Archived in China

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