鼓浪屿

Today Albert and Pansy took me to Gulangyu (鼓浪屿), an islet to the South-West of Xiamen island, between the island and the mainland.  Albert reminisced about going to the Isle of Wight.

We wandered around the island to the sound of cicadas and various birds, and we saw some island cats…

and we went up to Sunlight Rock – the highest point of the island.

Sadly I think the thing I will remember most about this is that it’s where I stupidly managed to lose the sun-glasses clip-on part of my spectacles.   I took my hat and them off to get a photo where you can see my eyes, and put the sunglasses in my hat, and after the photo I put my hat back on…  Whoops!  (I don’t even have the photo to show for it!)

After lunch, Pansy and I wandered around the narrow streets of the island popping into various shops and restaurants collecting “stamps” in a book, which was fun for me, especially trying to recognise the names of the shops and finding them in the book, though Pansy kept insisting on just letting the shop staff find it for us because it was quicker.

We visited “underwater world” – a sort of sea life centre.  The seal show was a bit disappointing compared to the one in Hangzhou zoo – the seal seemed rather old and moved quite slowly and awkwardly.  Felt sorry for it.  The best bit was going through a clear tunnel in the tank of sharks and seeing them swim really close next to us or overhead.


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