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A day in Beautiful Xiamen 美丽的厦门

Popularity 10Viewed 4900 times 2013-5-16 16:53 |Personal category:Ron's Journey in China 2013|System category:Life| 厦门,

A day in Beautiful Xiamen  美丽的厦门

Trip to a Bakery followed by a relaxing afternoon at the waterfront and evening out.

On Tuesday May 14 we arranged to meet at a bakery out behind the Marco Polo Hotel with the plans to relax at a beachfront bar followed by a dinner out. The two of us met at the Bakery where I purchased a loaf of walnut dark rye bread and a plain rye bread.  The server offered and then sliced the bread rewrapping them for me.  My friend purchased about five loaves of bread having three of them sliced, wrapped and paid for we were ready to head out.  We decided to walk from the bakery to the chain of restaurants along the waterfront and settle in at a bar near Haifu Park Natatorium, 海富公园游泳馆.

 

My friend also a Canadian but having lived in China on and off for about a decade illustrated to me the correct way to walk across the crosswalk.  He advised me once he checked the law and found out that in China cars must yield the right of way pedestrians that are in the crosswalk.   He saw a break in the traffic and stepped into the crosswalk, pointing the direction he was walking to let drivers know that he was crossing.  When drivers approached he pointed at the pavement where the cross walk was clearly painted and continued to walk.  As traffic laws in China require the drivers yielded the right away for us to safely cross. 

 

Over on the other side of the four lane roadway and safely on the sidewalk we continued our stroll until we reached our destination.

We ordered a couple drinks, yes beers lol. After about an hour enjoying conversation, the beach bar atmosphere and our refreshments, deciding that no one else was joining us we would take the ferry to Gu Lang Yu  鼓浪屿。 I have always incorrectly been saying Gulangyu Island, so my friend pointed out that is either Gulang Island or Gulang Yu.  Thank full for his correction I have now corrected that mistake. After a short taxi ride and walk we were now boarding the ferry and heading to Gu Lang Yu.

 

We went to a neighborhood bar on Gulang Yu where we met and had a refreshment with another friend before heading to the restaurant.  Together we enjoyed a nice meal with five or six dishes including an egg and oyster dish, steamed broccoli, fried beef with snow peas and a side of steamed rice each.

Well it was time to head home so my friends went further in toward the center of Gu Lang Yu and I headed back to the ferry and a bus that would take me along Huandao East Road toward the Exhibition Center环岛东路朝会展中心and to my home.

Picture looking from Yun dang Road , Xiàmén 筼筜路厦门

Picture looking from Yun dang Road , Xiàmén 筼筜路厦门

Picture looking from Yun dang Road , Xiàmén 筼筜路厦门

Picture looking from Yun dang Road , Xiàmén 筼筜路厦门

Picture looking from Yun dang Road , Xiàmén 筼筜路厦门

Picture near Hubin West Road湖滨西路

from my personal archive, a picture of the beach along Huandao East Road Xiamen环岛东路

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Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-5-16 19:15
My apology I have now correct the date of my post.  The post was for my activity on Tuesday May 14, 2013  (I had said Tuesday May 15 by mistake).
Reply Report voice_cd 2013-5-17 11:37
Beautiful photos, thanks !
Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-5-17 12:36
voice_cd: Beautiful photos, thanks !
My Pleasure!!!
Reply Report Anna2 2013-5-18 21:07
It's really a beautiful place. Welcome to China
Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-5-19 11:18
Anna2: It's really a beautiful place. Welcome to China
Thank You, yes there are so many beautiful areas to see. in Xiamen and all over China.  Last evening we went back to that park to enjoy a free musical concert in the park.
Reply Report debbie520 2013-5-20 20:17
my home is location near to Yuandang lake,Bailuzhou park,it close to Marco polo hotel.usually I ran around the bailuzhou ,really it is a nice place.
Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-5-20 20:26
debbie520: my home is location near to Yuandang lake,Bailuzhou park,it close to Marco polo hotel.usually I ran around the bailuzhou ,really it is a nice place.
Thank You for your comment. 非常感谢  Yes you are lucky to live in such a beautiful area with such a big park to enjoy any day you feel like it an dthe weather cooperates.   Ron
Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-5-20 20:43
debbie520: my home is location near to Yuandang lake,Bailuzhou park,it close to Marco polo hotel.usually I ran around the bailuzhou ,really it is a nice place.
Hi Debbie520  I checked the spelling after you showed the pinyin for Yuandang Road.   Sorry if I misspelled it,  I got it from Google Maps.
Reply Report macyyao 2013-5-23 11:54
   nice shot
Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-5-23 11:57
macyyao:    nice shot
非常感谢 - Thank You very much
Reply Report Anna2 2013-5-23 20:52
LOL,you just mentioned musical concert in the part ,and I am thinking that many old Chinese people likes singing and dancing in the park when it's dark .I think it is very interesting for us young people. Have you ever noticed that lively scene?  
Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-5-23 23:29
Yes I have noticed that in several cities. Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Xiamen.  Once I stood quietly watching them dance.  The dj saw me standing there watching and waived for me to join on the dace area.  I declined because I did not feel like it after a long day and a long walk I just wanted to rest and enjoy the music.  That was a small subburb in Hangzhou.
Reply Report 撒哈拉矿泉水 2013-6-3 00:02
i have been to xiamen with my girlfriend last National Day Holidays, lot of small specific store in Gulangyu Island, Miss zhao's cake was my deepest impression on, where delicious cakes and fragrance of tea arousing me memory ...
Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-6-3 09:54
Yeah - I will have to look out for Miss Zhao's cake the next time I am back on Gulang Yu. I have been there several times, even stayed at a hotel on the island for two nights the second time I was there.  That was enjoyable waking up there and just taking a relaxing walk around the island and exploring different areas.
Reply Report YoungRogers 2013-6-9 11:00
i envy you so much , ,you are so lucky for having so much time to travel in many many beautiful cities in China . i am always looking forword to traveling in xiamen . but have no chance yet .
wish u be happy everyday in China !
Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-6-9 11:19
YoungRogers: i envy you so much , ,you are so lucky for having so much time to travel in many many beautiful cities in China . i am always looking forword to ...
Thank you YoungRogers - Travel is in my blood When I was a kid we moved every three years, fortunately I kept my love of travel.  I wish you much success and happiness and that one day you will explore your country and its's beauty. Ron
Reply Report ross-chang 2013-7-16 10:43
I was in Xianmen three years ago, the best places are Gu Lang Island and the beach behind the Xianmen university. It's so beautiful city.  I don't konw if you travel to Hangzhou city or not, this city is beautiful too, especially the West Lake.
Reply Report RonJaDa 2013-7-16 12:54
ross-chang: I was in Xianmen three years ago, the best places are Gu Lang Island and the beach behind the Xianmen university. It's so beautiful city.  I don't kon ...
Hi Ross-Chang  Yes Hangzhou was the third city I visited in China after 2 weeks in Beijing on my foirst trip to China.  Then on my second I spent 6 days in Shanghai before I took the TESOL  course in Hangzhou.  Yes I agree Hangzhou is a very beautiful city.

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