Xiamen Attractions From My Iv Days Three Nights Itinerary |Johor Kaki Travels For Food
Enjoyed a marvellous 4 days inwards beautiful Xiamen 厦门. A good planned urban heart off China's Fujian province with lots of greenery , parks , lakes , bays , history as well as modernity. Not every bit congested every bit megapolis similar Shanghai or Beijing - population as well as infrastructure are good balanced. A create clean as well as light-green urban heart amongst expert air quality.
For comparing , Xiamen Island is 132 km² inwards size amongst 2 i one m thousand people. Singapore 719 km² as well as Penang 293 km².
(This ship service contains some highlights from my trip. I volition write split upward , detailed posts on private places nosotros visited during the trip.)
We departed Singapore Changi Airport yesteryear Xiamen Air MF874 at 8:55am. Xiamen Air uses 180-seat Boeing B737 aircraft for this route. I similar this early on flying every bit it gives us a total solar daytime when nosotros instruct far inwards Xiamen (Gaoqi International Airport).
After arriving inwards Xiamen via Xiamen Air MF874 at 1pm nosotros had the whole afternoon to explore the city. Our start halt was Huihe Stone Cultural Park. I enjoyed visiting the Stone Carving Art Museum which has an interesting collection of almost 200 rock carvings - I saw some dating dorsum to the Tang Dynasty (years 618 - 907).
This pork belly looks soooo.... delicious 😋 This is made of rock , it is ever fresh 😂
The lady guides inwards the museum are dressed inwards traditional Hui'an 惠安 dress. There are but 1 i one m thousand Hui'an people as well as they alive on the southern coast of Fujian province (just northeast of Xiamen). They utter a dialect of Hokkien as well as conduct maintain traditionally been quarry miners as well as rock (granite) carvers. Their run tin move seen inwards Xiamen , many places inwards Red People's Republic of China as well as fifty-fifty closed to the world. (I wonder if the Chinese rock carvers of Singapore as well as Malaysia are also from Hui'an.)
The immature Hui'an generation demonstrates the community's tradition at the Huihe Stone Cultural Park. The modest rock plaque she is making takes 4 days of intricate work.
Then , it was fourth dimension for dinner , our start repast inwards Xiamen. We were hosted at Lakeside Hotel yesteryear Xiamen Air. There's crab , oyster , abalone , fish , duck as well as more.
But , my most memorable dish from the sumptuous dinner was....... worms 😂 It's truly sand worms. Known euphemistically every bit Ground Bamboo Jelly or Tusun Jelly 土笋冻 , it's sand worms boiled inwards H2O till the worms surrender their collagen. The gooey slimey "soup" is allowed to cool as well as congeal into a jelly amongst the worms inside. Then , it is cook to serve 😄
The worm is fossil oil but tender. It has no season on its own. The jelly (aspic) has a mild savoury gustatory modality similar diluted soy sauce. If y'all come upward to Xiamen , endeavour Tusun Jelly at to the lowest degree i time 😄
We spent the nighttime at Riyuegu Hotsprings Resort which is on the Chinese mainland , i as well as a one-half hour's drive due north from Xiamen Island.
The side yesteryear side morning time , nosotros woke upward inwards a tropical paradise 😄
Riyuegu Hotsprings Resort is similar a subject commons of waterfalls , saunas , mutual frigidity rooms , as well as huge collection of natural hot jump pools amid lush greenery.
The hot jump pools come upward inwards dissimilar "flavours" - there's oolong tea , java , carmine vino , white vino , chocolate 😄 etc.
When I commented that I wished that I could alive hither , I was told that at that spot are many overseas guests who remain upward to a calendar month at the resort every bit they similar the lifestyle as well as thus much. Hmm... that would move a dream come upward truthful 😄
Our side yesteryear side halt was Tan Kah Kee Memorial Shrine inwards Jimei which is but across the H2O from Xiamen Island.
As nosotros walked along the large pond towards the Tan Kah Kee Memorial , nosotros could come across some of the buildings of the simple , middle schoolhouse as well as academy which the human being of affairs philanthropist built.
Elementary schoolhouse children having their solar daytime inwards the Sun - the legacy of Tan Kah Kee's philanthropy lives on inwards the side yesteryear side generation. I promise his generous spirit lives on inwards these children too.
Tan Kah Kee came to Singapore inwards 1890 , at historic catamenia 16. From the ashes of his father's failed rice concern which collapsed inwards 1903 , Tan Kah Kee built an empire inwards rice , safe , timber , canning , existent estate , import / export as well as shipping. Though he attended only simple schoolhouse , TKK is best known for schoolhouse edifice inwards Southeast Asia as well as China. In Singapore , Tan Kah Kee founded Tao Nan School , Chinese High (now Hwa Chong Institution) , as well as Nanyang University. He passed away at historic catamenia 86 inwards Beijing as well as was buried a hero hither inwards Xiamen , his hometown.
From Tan Kah Kee Memorial nosotros went to Xiamen Air headquarters which is located at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (right across the H2O from Jimei). First , nosotros were treated to a scrumptious in-flight repast unremarkably served inwards Xiamen Air concern class.
We had the abide by to move the start media to see Xiamen Air in-flight catering centre since it opened inwards 1988.
We also visited Xiamen Air crew preparation centre as well as client service centre. I saw the non bad emphasis Xiamen Air puts inwards on ensuring flying security , expert nutrient as well as fantabulous client service.
We had dinner at 天天渔港 Seafood Restaurant - a Xiamen homegrown create amongst several outlets on the island.
After dinner , nosotros took a walk along the 白鹭洲公园 as well as Yundang lake side. We watched a musical lite demo at the Egret Goddess Statue.
After the lite demo , nosotros walked to Yundang Road which the locals called Coffee Street 咖啡一條街 because of the strip of hipster cafes here. Coffee civilisation is relatively novel inwards Red People's Republic of China which is historically a tea country. The folks hither are generally immature locals.
A v minutes walk from Coffee Street is Bar Street 酒吧一條街 which is truly Quanren Road. A dissimilar crowd hither amongst to a greater extent than expats as well as older folks.
Spent the nighttime at Lakeside Hotel yesteryear Ximen Air which was rattling create clean as well as comfortable. I similar this hotel.
Our start halt on Day 3 was Above the Clouds - Xiamen. It's the viewing deck on the 55th flooring inwards Tower B of the Shimao Straits (Twin) Towers - the tallest buildings inwards Xiamen.
From Above the Clouds , visitors thought landmarks similar Gulangyu Island , Xiamen University , Shapowei , as well as Huandao Road. On a clear solar daytime , visitors tin fifty-fifty come across Kinmen Island as well as the Taiwan Straits amongst the attention of telescopes. The buildings were veiled amongst a lite mist during our see 😐
Shapowei 沙坡尾 is minutes walk away from Shimao Straits Towers. Once a angling hamlet , where angling boats moored correct upward to the fishermen's doorsteps , the homes today are re-purposed into cafes , trinket shops as well as fine art studios.
Behind me , bounding main H2O splashing onto the human foot paths as well as correct upward to the door steps every bit the tide rises. If the H2O grade goes upward but a pair of inches higher (due to global warming) , the store houses volition move flooded.
We visited the historic 朝宗宮 temple near Shapowei. 朝宗宮 is dedicated to the Deity 媽祖.
For centuries , people who cross the straits from Fujian to Taiwan worship at 朝宗宮 for safe passage earlier departing Shapowei 沙坡尾. Shapowei fishermen also pray to Deity 媽祖 for security , mercy as well as blessings every bit they made their living from the sea.
Lunch was at 南普陀素菜馆 which is almost fifteen minutes walk from Shapowei - it is located within Nanputuo Temple. Nanputuo Temple dates dorsum to the Tang Dynasty.
The vegetable dishes at 南普陀素菜馆 are pop amongst tourists as well as locals. Nanputuo Vegetable Restaurant is reputedly 天下第一素宴 , the Number One Vegetarian Restaurant nether the Heavens.
Any see to Xiamen must of course of report include a solar daytime trip to Gulangyu isle 鼓浪屿. We took a brusk xx infinitesimal ferry ride from Xiamen Harbour Passenger Terminal 厦门港客运站 to Gulangyu.
Gulangyu is a UNESCO World Culture Heritage Site cheers to its collection of Victorian-era buildings. When the International Settlement was established next China's defeat inwards the Opium War inwards 1842 , xiii Western powers built consulates , churches , schools as well as villas etc on Gulangyu. The isle is straight off similar a museum of 18th Century international architecture.
Gulangyu used to move the exclusive playground of the rich , powerful as well as famous because of its ideal sub-tropical climate as well as sandy beaches. Now , these beautiful private gardens are opened upward for world enjoyment.
Gulangyu is also known every bit the "Island of Music" every bit its xx ,000 people are passionate almost music. Many of China's world renowned musicians are Gulangyu natives. Amazingly , at that spot are truly to a greater extent than pianos than people inwards Gulangyu. Gulangyu is the dwelling solid of China's largest Piano Museum amongst over 200 pieces , including many unique pianos.
After crossing dorsum over to Xiamen from Gulangyu , nosotros had our dinner at Weiyou Restaurant 厦门味友. We similar the nutrient hither peculiarly their signature mee sua amongst duck soup 面线鸭汤 as well as extra crispy fried oysters. Their fish soup amongst yam is also delicious. Of course of report , they also create a expert sand worm aspic or Tusun Jelly. I would honey to gustatory modality the nutrient at Weiyou again.
After dinner , nosotros took a walk closed to the famous Zhongshan Road Walking Street. Zhongshan Road is a pedestrianised mall just similar Shanghai's Nanjing Road as well as Beijing's Wangfujing. Most of the retail shops were closed for the solar daytime yesteryear the fourth dimension nosotros got at that spot but at that spot were withal queues at the nutrient stalls.
The fried oyster omelette as well as the grilled duck intestine stalls enjoyed the longest queues.
I am intrigued yesteryear these trays overflowing amongst lobsters , crabs , prawns , clams etc which volition move served inwards spicy hot Sichuan vogue "mala" broth. Many stalls at the nutrient courts closed to Zhong Shan Road offering these. Too total already tonight. Shall endeavour these side yesteryear side fourth dimension amongst loads of beer 😄
Another foodie sense I desire to come upward dorsum for close Zhongshan Road is eating "peanut soup" at 余阿姨花生湯 on tiny stools along the narrow corridor. I honey going local 😋
A 2nd nighttime at Lakeside Hotel (by Xiamen Air). I similar it hither - the room is create clean as well as smells fresh (I lose slumber inwards rooms that scent of tobacco and/ or trunk odour - as well as thus I conduct maintain a phobia 😱 ). I walked at to the lowest degree 50 ,000 steps today , as well as thus a expert comfortable bed is a existent blessing.
When y'all are having a expert fourth dimension , 4 Days 3 Nights seemed to wing yesteryear as well as thus quickly. This was the solar daytime nosotros flew dorsum to Singapore but non earlier visiting Hulishan Cannon Fort 胡里山砲台. The fort built inwards 1894 has been protecting the coasts of Fujian Province since the Ching Dynasty (1636 - 1912).
The i time feared 280mm (diameter) Krupp shore cannon (from Germany) - its nail i time shook the globe but it has non been heard for decades. The soundless gun is today a pop prop for tourist photos 😄 This is the only Krupp cannon left inwards the world.
We tin come across Kinmen Island from Hulishan.
Not far from Hulishan is Zeng Cuo An 曾厝垵. One of the oldest angling villages inwards Xiamen - today it's a bustling tourist attraction amongst many stalls selling souvenirs , nutrient as well as quondam fishermen homes offering lodging for tourists.
We spent an threescore minutes hither browsing the dozens of piffling nutrient as well as trinket stalls. I had my concluding sand worm jelly tasting hither earlier leaving Xiamen 😄
We had our concluding tiffin inwards Xiamen at 佳丽海鲜酒楼(环岛路店) which is a brusk walk from 曾厝垵. This good established eatery is known for it's alive seafood as well as a clear thought of Kinmen Island from its dining rooms.
After our sumptuous tiffin , it was fourth dimension to create our means to Gaoqi International Airport to select grip of Xiamen Air MF873 flying departing at 5:40pm for Singapore. (I similar this timing every bit nosotros tin withal create some touring , conduct maintain a expert leisurely tiffin as well as some shopping earlier heading for the airport. Back inwards Singapore at 9:40pm , at that spot is ample fourth dimension to settle downwards as well as relaxation for the nighttime earlier the side yesteryear side day.)
We took Huandao Road 环岛路 - the 31 km long scenic coastal route to Gaoqi International Airport. The entire beach as well as bounding main fronting stretch was paved amongst tree lined wheel lanes as well as jogging tracks. The annual Xiamen Marathon is held hither - it's such a beautiful identify to walk , run , bicycle or fifty-fifty to but sit down on a commons bench to relish the bounding main breeze as well as sentinel the Sun rise.
On the means to Gaoqi International Airport , nosotros stopped a piece at the jetty close 五缘大桥 Wuyuan Bridge. Folks were enjoying angling as well as walking on the breezy esplanade as well as boardwalk. I want I could pass a solar daytime hither angling inwards the Wuyuan Bay as well as watching colourful sailboats glide nether the imposing bridge.
👉 I saw only a rattling modest fight of Xiamen 厦门 during the 4 Day trip - also brusk 😂 From the piffling that I saw , I honey this beautiful piffling urban heart of hospitable people. Would honey to move dorsum to explore to a greater extent than of the city's attractions (historic as well as modern) as well as endeavour the local cuisine , peculiarly street nutrient (which I didn't conduct maintain the adventure to endeavour this round). Our gracious hosts fed us banquet nutrient at every repast 😄 Xiamen is rattling accessible every bit Xiamen Air conduct maintain 2 flights everyday betwixt Singapore as well as Xiamen. I volition move dorsum 😄
My other posts on Xiamen:
Sand worm or Tusun Jelly 👈 click
Visit to Xiamen Air HQ 👈 click
Gulangyu Island 👈 click
✈ Xiamen Airlines MF874 departs Singapore for Xiamen at 8:55am everyday. Xiamen Airlines MF852 departs Singapore for Xiamen at 3:15pm everyday.
✈ Xiamen Airlines MF851 departs Xiamen for Singapore at 9:45am everyday. Xiamen Airlines MF873 departs Xiamen for Singapore at 5:40pm everyday.
Date visited: 2 - v November 2017
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