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My elder daughter and son visited China for a couple of weeks and we took a trip to Fujian.

We left SZ on Monday afternoon and took the fast train to Xiamen, getting into our hotel on Zhong Shan Pedestrian Street at about 8pm.  It seems that Xiamen eats early because we had trouble finding a good restaurant open at that time. We spent Tuesday wandering around that area and took a speedboat to Gulangyu Island.  It was hot, sticky and very crowded. Not as interesting as I'd expected.

On Wednesday we took the fast train to Ningde then the bus to Shouning, close to the home valley of our guide.  We had a very good time there meeting her extended family and friends for meals in restaurants and homes. We spent one day in a van going to the home valley - very impressive for its isolation and scenery.  A good visit, but only worthwhile with a guide.

On Saturday we took the same van to Wuyishan and spent a couple of days hiking plus a bamboo raft trip. We were shown a good food street and ate there all three evenings. The town map shows a bar street, but it's just open fields as yet.

We flew back to Xiamen and took the train back to SZ on the Tuesday. The trip was a bit rushed because my daughter could only get two weeks off work.  We could have done with another couple of days in Wuyishan, or should have skipped Xiamen.

The photos are in this album.

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Comment by Mike46 on August 27, 2014 at 10:19am

@PJ - For Xiamen I totally agree - Gulangyu might be interesting, but how can you tell with all those people around?

Wuyishan was fine for us. We got lost on the first evening and were helped out by a woman down by the river. She showed us a nearby street that had really good local restaurants - no tour groups or the like. For the scenic area we adopted our usual procedure as used in most scenic areas - the Chinese tourists just stick to the main path [road] go up, take a pic and then down again. We took the first turn off, down to the river and finished up on the steps shown in the pics to the top. We saw no one for about two hours.

Comment by Xander on August 27, 2014 at 10:06am

I also went to Xiamen & Wuyishan earlier this month, going on to Hangzhou and Xian from there. It was ok, but to be honest I think my traveling days in China are over as the domestic tourists just piss me off too much.

I took a couple of weeks of thinking I needed a break from Shenzhen and my day to day life, when in fact I really needed a break from China & Chinese people

I may go to Qinghai & Xinjiang in the future maybe going onto Central Asia if I can find time, but there are other places higher on the priority list.

Comment by Mike46 on August 27, 2014 at 10:00am

The pics are in the album - there's a link at the end of the blog. There seems to be a limit on Blog size so I couldn't put them all in there.

Comment by Mike46 on August 27, 2014 at 9:26am

The Chinese girl lives in SZ now, but lived her early life in the valley near Shouning - the first ten years before the road into that valley was built. Before that road the valley would have remained static for maybe centuries. I find that fascinating with her descriptions.

I was cutting 1200 photos down to 50. The early ones of my daughter weren't interesting and then she developed a tooth problem and had a swollen face - hence no pics of her.

Xiamen was boring. Wuyishan was OK - I've seen many better scenic areas, but you don't really know till you go.

Comment by Cynic on August 26, 2014 at 3:48pm

Is the Chinese looking girl your daughter? All I saw was two boys.

The trip looks boring to be honest.


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