This weekend we decided to become tourists in our own city. We heard there was a lovely walk that goes through the island and it actually follows an old train track.
This is the fishing harbour of Xiamen. These days the boats offer much more than just fishing… They will also serve as a passenger ferry for farmers coming from the mainland… Or better for us… During Summer weekends we would also rent them (incl. captain) with a group of 15 – 20 people to take us out to the ocean for an afternoon and we can just enjoy the water and the sun and some bbq. Not quite as luxurious as a yacht but definitely lots of fun.
Like everywhere in Asia, China also has lots of street food everywhere.
The picturesque island of Gulangyu, one of the main tourist attraction in Xiamen and definitely not very pleasant to go there in weekends but a must do when you are here during the week. It’s an old portuguese colonial island where the missionaries used to stay. It’s a very good mix between the east and the west. You’ll find lots of European style villas here mixed with Chinese details, temples etc.
When I just arrived in Xiamen, as a student and being rather poor, this is where my friend and I chose to stay. An apartment like this was our home for a year. Let me tell you it was ‘charming’ but I don’t really miss it.
This is at the end of the walk and one of my favorite streets in Xiamen. It’s nicknamed flowerstreet because there are hundreds of flower shops in this street. All showing their goods outside, which makes it a very beautiful sight and crazy fragrant. Which is very welcoming cause the normal smells in the streets here aren’t particularly nice 🙂