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China: Windy Stars Wars beach in Pingtan


Pingtan beach is only 2hours from Changle, but again it took us much longer than we expected. We left our cosy apartment before 9am and got to the beach around 2pm. Once again we missed bus station (once again we were given wrong information from locals) from which we were supposed to take a direct bus to the beach. Once in the bus, young Chinese lady in Toyota car scratched the left side of the bus, the driver pulled over and stopped; we spent almost one hour waiting for the insurance man to take pictures of damages (fortunately they had an air condition in the bus and TV, I watched kind of Chinese MTV channel). In Pingtan,we took local moto taxi to the beach avoiding the possibility to get lost again (traveling misfortune)

On the way to the beach

On the way to the beach

Cheap moto transport that took us from the bus station to the beach

Cheap moto transport  in Pingtan

Back home we had decided to stay overnight at the beach- idea of observing sundawn while drinking cold beer sounded like a perfect plan for our days off  but when we got to the beach, we discovered that it was impossible to stay; it was so windy and  sand was flying all over the beach, it stung our bodies like bees swarm… impossible to stay overnight, even impossible to put the blanket on the sand and relax for a while.

Pingtang beach with some luxurious hotel behing

Pingtan beach with some luxurious hotel behind

Chinese people observing waves

Chinese people observing waves at seashore

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Curious guy wanted to take a picture with an alien in yellow T-shirt

Curious guy wanted to take a picture with an alien in yellow T-shirt

A couple... second couple I have seen holding their hands :) (not very common practice here in China)

A couple… second couple I have seen holding their hands 🙂 (not very common practice here in China)

I could not help myself, I felt like in Star Wars movie for a while- the beach got lonely and mushroom structure, the only missing thing was some unidentified flying object landing nearby.

Star Wars movie scene?

Star Wars movie scene?

4 days later we discovered that such a bad windy weather in Pingtan on Monday was due to typhoon Kalmaegi that had been approaching China after barrelling past the Philippines and Hong Kong.

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