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A travel journal to Xiamen by nmagann

Tongan Film City Studio Photo, Xiamen, China More Photos
Quote: Returning to live in Xiamen you have a tendency to discover places not on the typical tourist itinerary. Sometimes with groups of students, sometimes with colleagues, and always a different twist. Learning comes in so many forms.

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Waiting for bus number 101 with a Chinese office clerk, I could feel the air getting thicker and the humidity making my clothes sticky and clingy. So much for deliberately wearing loose garb. When the bus approached, Waya noticed it was quite packed and suggested we wait for the next one.With a little bit more room available we boarded the next one. All the seats were occupied so we stood by the exit doors near the middle of the bus. I wrapped my arm around the vertical pole near the steps as Waya grabbed an overhead strap partially directly behind me. Additional people pushed their way down the middle jamming my body much closer to the pole than needed. The bag had slung over my sho...Read More

Xiamen Ferry Dock Restaurant

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Restaurant | "X-cellent everything!"

Xiamen Ferry Dock Restaurant Photo, Xiamen, China
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The restaurant on the second level insulated from the noise and hustle and bustle of the happenings around the ferry boat is a terrific place to dine. The atmosphere and views warrant at least a dessert and beverage if dining isn’t possible.The restaurant is very large as is the patio. In spite of knowing first-hand and being told that it was hot outside, we chose to dine outside in a corner where the breeze kept us quite cool and the view of Gulangyu Island, minutes away by ferry, was panoramic. Having been there, I could easily recognize the red dome of the museum and the statue of Koxinga overlooking the beach. How could we have possibly choose air con over this. There was one ot...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2012

Xiamen Ferry Dock Restaurant

Xiamen, China

Cafe Marco at Marco Polo Xiamen

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Restaurant | "Marco Polo Restaurant"

Cafe Marco at Marco Polo Xiamen Photo, Xiamen, China
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The Marco Polo Hotel is practically a landmark. It seems many taxi drivers know where it is and locations of others places such as the travel agency that supposedly understands English to the huge bookstore use Marco Polo Hotel as a point of reference. It is, in fact, a high rise luxury hotel with bar, restaurant, conference center and high end shops.Due to the fact they offer a breakfast buffet the restaurant was closed from about 11am until 2pm. We were seated in the area with a bar in one corner and a piano in the other with elegant sofas and chairs surrounding tables. We were given the menu here, and here is where we dined.The price of beverages, all types, was exceed...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 17, 2012

Cafe Marco at Marco Polo Xiamen
8 Jianye Road, Hubin Bei
Xiamen, Fujian, China 361012
(86 592) 509-1888

Tong'an Film City Studio

Attraction | "On set, Film Studio"

Tong'an Film City Studio Photo, Xiamen, China
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Tong’An’s Film City is where movies that have taken place in Beijing have been filmed. Forbidden City is quite remarkable, this from someone who visited the real one. The size appears to be the same lending to the authenticity of films. Although the distance between the various buildings and halls was less. On hot and muggy days this can be a real advantage. Another plus is that there was some place or another with scaffoldings to obscure the site or photos. Details from the dragons carved into the steps to the statues and art objects have been duplicated. At this one, however, since no filming was in progress a very extensive rack of costumes was available for those desiring a photo of onesel...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2012

Tong'an Film City Studio

Xiamen, China

Tan Kah Kee Memorial Museum

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Attraction | "Tan Kah Kee Mausoleum/Museum"

Tan Kah Kee Memorial Museum Photo, Xiamen, China
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Tan Kah Kee was a very wealthy man born in Jimei, just a causeway from Xiamen Island. As proponent of education and plenty of money, built some 12 schools, a hospital and library. With his affinity for Western architecture blended with Chinese, Jimei University was transformed into something of a resort. Offerings were quite impressive running from navigation and aquaculture to finance and economics. Jimei now had a university to rival Xiamen University which, coincidentally, Tan Kah Kee was the founder!If that wasn’t enough, he proposed the Chinese Overseas Museum which spans three floors with a total of some 30,000 square feet. Along with a treasure trove of antiquities, paintings, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2012

Tan Kah Kee Memorial Museum
Shangnan Road Jimei
Xiamen, Fujian, China

South Putuo/Nanputuo Temple

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Attraction | "Nanputo Temple"

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Nanputo Temple, or South Puto Temple, sits on a very large piece of land. There are many structures, gardens, gazebos, statues, and of course monastery for the monks and those in training. Yet, it has a very modest beginning.During an epidemic Qin Hao arrived bringing relief via herbs. This successful assistance resulted in the people urging him to remain. That he did, preparing herbs and teaching Buddhism from his simple home inside a cave. This humble home is hardly visible anymore.Instead it has been expanded to include some 20 buildings and four halls: Heavenly Emperor Hall, Heroic Treasure Hall and the Buddhist Scripture Repository. The latter purports to have so...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2012

South Putuo/Nanputuo Temple
Siming Nan Lu
Xiamen, Fujian

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