23: China > Xiamen > City Walkabout

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They say Xiamen is the most live-able city in China. I won’t argue with that and let the pics do the talking.img_8815.JPG

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There’s a gorgeous park just north of downtown …img_8872.JPG

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… with some appropriate message. img_8836.JPG

Piped western classical music fills the air, and I trace the source to this blue ‘loud-speaker’. They should have painted it green.

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Kids rollerblading, some well-dressed too …img_8847.JPG

… as proud parents look on. img_8852.JPG

Strolling towards downtown …img_8856.JPG

… along the best-looking bridge I’ve seen in a long time.img_8858.JPG

The symbols of Xiamen’s commercial success.img_8861.JPG

Flower-beds even at traffic lights islands.img_8867.JPG

And they are building more.img_8868.JPG

In the hot summer, shady sidewalks are a god-send.img_8871.JPG

We enter the older part of town.img_9021.JPG

Quaint shops everywhere.img_9022.JPG

Nothing so quaint about this one, except for the overuse of the ‘F’, maybe.img_9023.JPG

I’m not sure why the road is car-free …img_9024.JPG

… but if it is like idyllic Gulangyu, I have no problem at all.img_9028.JPG

On the sidewalk, a street artist is hard at work.img_9025.JPG

Nearby, more innocent victims.img_9026.JPG

But the new is gradually assimmilating the old. That’s the way it is, I guess.img_9029.JPG

Back at the hotel, KC spots a track winding up a wooded hill, so we decide to check it out. img_9060.JPG

Obviously it’s a strolling or jogging track, but why is this lady walking barefooted?img_9066.JPG

Ahhh … yes … it’s also for foot reflexology. So I have a go, but with socks on. And for this effort, I feel my soles tingling for hours afterwards!img_9065.JPG

At the end of the track, atop a hill, we see a major project along the coastline facing the mainland. Looks like a huge passenger terminal for ferries and boats.img_9055.JPG

And yes, more construction, with workers like an army of ants.img_9056.JPG

In the evening, we are invited to a sumptious seafood dinner, but as usual we have to select the poor gastronomic victims.

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This place is like a cross between a seaworld …img_8899.JPG

… and a Sunday fish-market!img_8891.JPG

All manners of King Neptune’s denizens are on display. img_8887.JPG

Sea-worms? I’ve tried this before on a previous trip to China, in Beihai of Guangxi province, way back 1993. Deep fried in batter, it was yummy, but a tad elastic.img_8888.JPG

Cute, but still cannot escape being eaten.img_8890.JPG

Handsome, striped prawns.img_8892.JPG

At the back of the restaurant, we face the Taiwan straits, and a few kilometres away … img_8907.JPG

… islands belonging to Taiwan. Say what!? This close to mainland China, and more than 200km from Taiwan itself? Well, that’s one quirk of history.img_8903.JPG

The sun is setting, and an angler is still after the one that got away.img_8912.JPG

After dinner, a quick stroll in town reveals the colours of Xiamen after dark. img_8915.JPG

Buildings are encouraged to put fancy lights up. Reminds me of Hong Kong, but I think Hong Kong looks much better, especially when viewed from Kowloon.

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The next morning, time to return to Kuala Lumpur, and we make our way to the airport.
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Interior of the honeycomb-y XMN airport terminal.img_9074.JPG

A short visit to the loo, and I notice a warning: Do not touch colourful button while sitting. I wonder what would happen if a bloke presses the button? The toilet would suck the poor man’s guts out or something?img_9073.JPG

On the apron a bi-plane stands wrapped. This is a strange place to find such a gem. img_9076.JPG

Planes are arriving and leaving on a busy day.img_9078.JPG

The waiting lounge looks like an art gallery, thanks to an enterprising vendor. The old and the hedonistic new, altogether.

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But I fall in love with this lady!

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Finally our transport arrives, a brand new Boeing 737-800 (reg. B-5152), the so-called next-generation Boeing 737.img_9088.JPG

As the powerful CFM engines roar, we are soon above Xiamen.img_9123.JPG

That looks like the highway we took to Jinjiang the other day. Note the tunnels.img_9125.JPG

The plane keeps climbing through white fluffy clouds, and the blended winglet looks spectacular.img_9128.JPG

3.5 hours later, we fly past Genting Highlands.

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Yes, the one with the famous casino.img_9147.JPG

A couple of minutes later, we are descending above downtown Kuala Lumpur.img_9151.JPG

And as the sun sets, we are safely back at KL International Airport. It has been refreshing visiting an economic powerhouse like Xiamen and a dynamic place like Jinjiang. Wishing both of them all the best!img_9155.JPG

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