Day 26–Sat., Oct. 22, 2011–Xiamen, PR China

     Xiamen is a major city on the southeast coast of the People’s Republic of China.  It is administered as a sub-provincial city of Fujian province with an area of 607 square miles and population of 3.53 million.  Its built up area is now bigger than the old urban island area and covers now all 6 districts of Xiamen for 3,531, 147 inhabitants.  Today, Xiamen is known in China as a prosperous and clean city with a pleasant subtropical seaside climate.

     We were supposed to take a cruise critic tour today to the Guland Island, reached by ferry.  We found out that cars are not allowed and we would have to walk, so we canceled.  As it turns out, it might have been an easier walk than taking the shuttle bus.  When we got off the shuttle bus, we had to walk up a hill, then down the hill and then up another hill (about 3/4 of a mile total) to reach the beginning of the pedestrian street of Zhongshan Lu.  We walked almost to the end and back for about 1 1/2 miles down and up.  Yes, it was downhill going and uphill coming back.  IMG_0470 We also went down a few alleys. IMG_0473 Not a T-shirt shop in sight.  It was basically shopping for the residents.  I did find a pretty necklace and a cross-stitch kit (written in Chinese, of course). 

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We were exhausted by the time we got back to the shuttle stop and then back to the ship.  cruise terminal There were a few shops in the terminal, but not the traditional tourist type.  The walk in the terminal was also very long to get back on the ship.   We had lunch on the Lido deck.  All aboard was at 4:30 and we sailed at 5.

We put our feet up and relaxed a bit.  Ray has a bit of a cough, but it’s not too bad.

The show was “Eden”, the world class voices of Lisa and Libby blended to form Eden, an entertaining repertoire drawn from the best of opera, musical theater and popular music.  They were good, but the band was too loud for their voices.  They also had an echo on the mikes.

I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads.  Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” ~ Rosalia de Castro

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