Sunday, December 21, 2008
This will be a very different Christmas for me. I will actually be working on Christmas Day. Besides work, I have not yet made any special plans for the day. I know that I will be thinking of all of my good friends and my family. I will take this opportunity to wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas!!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Here are a few photos taken after the sun went down. One looking back at Gulang Yu from Xiamen. The others taken as we wandered along one of the main shopping streets in Xiamen. We were lucky enough to pass this group of traditional musicians putting on a concert in the heart of downtown. Interesting instruments and beautiful sounding songs!
One of the great attractions on Gulang Yu is the statue of Zheng Chenggong. This statue overlooks the strait that separates the island from Xiamen. It is almost 16 m tall, is made out of 625 pieces of granite, and weighs close to 1400 tons. Here are a couple of photos of this impressive structure.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I always enjoy putting my feet in the water when I visit different locations. I couldn't resist the temptation here. This cute little boy was keen to have his photo taken with me on the beach on Gulang Yu. Here also, is another photo of my friend Albert (Mau You Jun)and me with Sunlight Rock in the background.
One of the highlights of my trip to Xiamen was taking the ferry across to Gulang Yu. Gulang Yu is sometimes referred to as "Piano Island". (Many of China's most celebrated musicians have come from Gulang Yu.) It has many colonial mansions, nice beaches, statues, parks and quaint streets to wander around. It also has Sunlight Rock which, once you have hiked to the top, gives you a great view of the island as well as Xiamen.
Xiamen has an International Marathon each Spring. It has the reputation of being one of the most picturesque Marathon's in the world. Like the Royal Victoria Marathon, much of the route is along the water. A series of life like statues pay tribute to this event. Here are a few photos to give you a taste. (If I can keep my running up, I am considering attempting the half-marathon here in the Spring?!)
On Saturday we headed out exploring and seeing the many sights Xiamen has to offer. A short distance from Alex's apartment is the ocean. Our first stop was at the International Conference and Exhibition Center. A gorgeous foreshore walkway has been developed along the waterside in this area. (In some ways it reminds me of the Dallas Road Area in Victoria. One big difference, however, is that in Xiamen, we were able to be in our short sleeves at the end of November!!) We had a beautiful, warm day for our stroll.