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China: Xiamen City and Gulang Yu Island


Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most important holiday after Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) and it falls on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar.  It takes its name from the fact that it is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn season. The day is also known as the Moon Festival, as at that time of the year the moon is at its roundest and brightest and Chinese people eat special cakes called “Moon Cakes”.

This year  it felt on 8th of September. We decided to travel to Xiamen, 250 km south of Fuzhou.

Mid-Autumn festival and full moon in Xiamen City

Mid-Autumn festival and full moon in Xiamen City

We took a train from FuzhouNan and I was very happy that our Chinese boss Lynn was traveling with us. She taught us how to buy ticket and how to read it; at the beginning I thought we could manage it by ourselves but our Chinese pronunciation is horrible = Chinese people can not undertand us :).

Queue at FuzhouNan train station

Queue at FuzhouNan train station

Train ticket

Train ticket

The fast train to Xiamen takes 1,5 hour (200km / hour),  then you spend another 1,5 hour in the city bus that takes you to the city center. We spent afternoon looking for a hostel that I would award as “the best hidden hostel 2014” … Thanks to supreme power we met some Malaysians guys that spoke English and helped us to find the hostel. I do not exaggerate: we looked for it like about 3 hours, asked, called and could not find it. Again as GPS or Google Maps is not working and if you do not speak Chinese = hard to find the way… and Chinese are not that helpful I would say cause as one of our colleagues from school explained me “they do not want to get into trouble”.

But we did it. It was not on the main street as the address said but on the side street hidden at the end of the street.  At the hostel they did not speak English so the receptionist called the boss that spoke English; we tried to low the price but unsuccessfully. It was almost 7pm and had no other option that to stay overnight in there (anyway the hostel was really nice, kind of Greek white and blue style).

Koala's Home hostel, the best hidden hostel in 2014 (phozo courtesy of Katia)

Koala’s Home hostel, the best hidden hostel in 2014 (photo courtesy of Katia)

Xiamen City

Xiamen City

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ZHONGSHAN LU is main business street, quiet busy during the day and even busier during the night; streets vendors, shops, people walking around.

Street vendors in Xiamen streets

Street vendors in Xiamen streets

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The next day early in the morning we took boat to nearby Gulang Yu Island which is only 10minutes boat ride from Xiamen seashore. The Island has some attractive building and no traffic at all. The rest of the day we spent just walking around.

Map of Gulang Yu island

Map of Gulang Yu island

One of Gulang Yu Island squares

One of Gulang Yu Island squares

Taoist church

Taoist church

Burning scent sticks inside of Taoist church

Burning scent sticks inside of Taoist church

Old houses on the island

Old houses on the island

Relax

Relax

 

 

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