“Xiamen is the cleanest and,
perhaps, most tastefully renovated city
you’ll see anywhere in the China,
giving it the feel of a holiday resort”
Our first night of sleep in Xiamen was very restless. The only other male in our room had a snoring problem. I wondered if he even knew. In the morning, when his friends all disappeared, he stayed in the room. Since he was awake, we tried to get in a couple more hours of sleep! At one stage, he left the room, and went to the bathroom, however he left the door open. I could hear people in the hallway, and the unmistakable (Chinese) sound of someone clearing the mucous out of their throat, so I closed the door. He didn’t knock to be let in, so I assumed that he left the hostel. About an hour later I decided to get up, and go downstairs. He was standing in the reception area. The well dressed man introduced himself, and told me that his friends went out, and that he didn’t have a key to the room. I felt awful… I told him that he should have knocked, but he said he didn’t mind relaxing downstairs. He came back up to the dorm room with me, and he gave me some biscuits. I felt too bad to tell him that he had kept me up all night!
We were feeling quite lazy so we went to sit downstairs, in the hostel lounge area.
The hotel pup was feeling lazy too!
We ordered some food, and coffee, and then relaxed there, playing a few games of Scrabble. When we had gotten over our laziness, we got our butts outside for our weekly long run. We were feeling slightly sluggish after the affects of the few beers we had enjoyed the night before, but still, we pushed ourselves to do our last required long run (before the marathon).
Our hostel is in a wonderful location. Everything that we need is within a walking distance! We ran in the direction that we thought the coastline would be, and soon we were jogging in one of the most beautiful areas I have seen in a long time!
Island Ring Road in Xiamen is a 31km stretch of parks and attractions.
Included in this area is a beautiful 5 km boardwalk. We ran through one of the neighborhoods, and then along the boardwalk. We only have to do 13km, but I wished that we needed to do more.
This is a city I would love to run, and live, in!!
There were palm trees on the beach, and green grass hills next to the sand. Xiamen is absolutely wonderful. This is definitely the prettiest city we have seen thus far, in China. The path next to the beneath was filled with loads of people, and even more than usual because this was a national holiday weekend! Fortunately, it didn’t feel overpopulated like other places we have visited.
There goes Justin!
This section of the coast has a freeway built over the ocean.
No, I didn’t hang on the bridge to get this shot!!
Two sections of the freeway cross here, and there is a walkway.
There were 3 person bicycles, food stalls, children with balloons,the smell of BBQs, blue skies, waves crashing right next to us, and amazing wooden bridges that curve around big rocks and right over the rough ocean below. It was spectacular,and I felt so happy knowing that this would be the area I would run my first marathon in!!
The beach was covered with newly weds doing photography shoots. I love to see these couples, and I look forward to doing one of these shoots with Justin! This is not a common thing to do in the west, but Asians pay a lot of money for these engagement/ wedding shoots.
Pictures found on “Behind the Wall”, from BBC News.
The company provides a range of dresses and outfits, they also do your make up/ hair, and set up different prop scenes for the couple. You can purchase many kind of packages depending on the size of the wedding album/ frames to you want. I think that we would take the COMPLETE package, because this is something we have been wanting to do for a while!! Every time we see clues doing these shoots, I get excited to do one too!!
After our run we walked around some shops and food streets. We found a Korean restaurant and this made us very happy!!!
We had kimchi jigae, and it tasted like home!!! I really miss Korean food!!! The restaurant was grubby, and service was awful, however we didn’t care! At first we got seated at the table were they do their calculations, and paperwork. Later, after our food arrived, we were moved to a shitty table near the front door. It was cold there, and the one leg of the table was taped to a plank of wood.
Still, the food was great, and we didn’t really mind. The funniest part was when they insisted that we write our order down. This is common practice in Korea, however there the letters are easy to write, and Justin has not problem doing this for us. The menu we had was on Chinese and Korean, however they wanted us to write down the order in Chinese. Justin did so, and he did a pretty good job… But we had about 4 tabes staring at us in amazement, because they too couldn’t understand why we were told to write out our order, when obviously, we could not read or speak Chinese!!
We had to find what we wanted In the Korean script, ad they look at the Chinese next to that, and write it down. This was a very funny situation!!
Good Job Justin!!
Yummy Korean meal!
We walked around some of the street markets and stalls.
Wow, I can’t decide which one I want more…. Chicken feet or a big juicy pig foot!
I’ll just eat this huge apple instead! 😉