Thursday, May 30, 2019

Xiamen, China: Buildings and Dinner at traditional Chinese Restaurant

Travel Period: December 2016
Destination: Xiamen, Fujian, China

On my last day in Xiamen, I decided to do a bit of joyriding in the local bus transportation of Xiamen. My end destination is the business part of Xiamen where the modern and tall buildings congregate. The bus was definitely the best, easiest and cheapest way to navigate and see Xiamen.

At the business district, I stopped at Xidi Street, also known as the Coffee Street for some coffee and green tea cheesecake. Here is my post: Xiamen - Checking out Xidi Coffee Street

I also explored the surroundings of Yundang Lake on foot and caught sight of the famous Bailuzhou Park which is an island on Yundang Lake between Hubin North and Hubin South roads. I very like, in particular, walking around and seeing as much of the local daily life scenes.

When it started to get dark, I took the bus back to Siming. I have memorized the number of the bus that goes back to Zhongshan Street, but to make sure I struck a conversation with a local, even though I am 90% sure the local I am going to ask does not speak English. But I was prepared anyway.

So I approached this young guy in his early thirties at the bus stop. He smiled at me when I walked to him and said in Chinese, "Bus Zhongshan Lu?" and pointing to my map the location of Zhongshan. He quickly understood and told me in broken English that he is also taking the same bus. Ah, lucky me hehe. Bus fares in Xiamen are cheap. They were going at 1 Yuan for one-way within the city (back in end 2016).

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All bikes in Xiamen are all electric powered.

The (correct) bus arrived and the young Chinese guy urged me to get on the bus. I climbed in and deposited my 1 Yuan on the money box and got seated near the driver. He followed suit and sat behind me. It was around dusk, perhaps 18:00 something and it was the peak traffic hours in Xiamen.

For a short distance, the journey took quite some time. The bus was going slow which I didn't really mind at all because I was sightseeing. I look back to the Chinese guy and he was sitting silently engrossed with his mobile phone. He seemed to be aware of me checking him out and he looked up and gave me a quick nod, as if reassuring me that our stop has not arrived yet.

Passengers came and went, and so were the red and green lights, although we had more of the red lights throughout the bus ride. All of a sudden the Chinese guy stood up and as if on cue I readied myself. He gestured to me that our stop is the next one. When we alighted from the bus, he told me to follow him, so I did. Very obediently, I followed him through a couple of streets and then on the next turn, I saw the familiar lights of Zhongshan Lu. I stopped him and thanked him and told him I am okay and we can part ways.

As I walked on Zhongshan Street, I felt quite happy to be helped by a stranger.

Pictures of Siming area.

This is in Dongdu area (near the ferry station) where I got off from the bus.

Moi on the Hubin North Road, trying to find my way to the Yundang Lake and Xidi Street.

North Hubin Road in Xiamen.

Old and new building.

So back in downtown Zhongshan, I was looking for a restaurant. It is my last dinner in the city so I want to spend it in a restaurant. No street food. I want to sit down and eat and order some proper Chinese meal. I was in fact craving for greens vegetables.

On the corner of Zhongshan and one of the road crossings before reaching Xinhua Road, I found this traditional Chinese restaurant. Everything is Chinese so I have no clue on the name of the restaurant. It attracted me so I made a decision to go inside and take a table.

All the interior furnishings were traditionally Chinese which I liked a lot, however, the restaurant was an eclectic mix of old and new. A whole wall is lighted with pictures of the dishes. Unlike Japan that is popular with replicas of the dishes displayed in a glass shelf, here in China, they do it with a lighted billboard. It is similar to order at a western fast food joint, it's just that all the dishes are on the huge wall. I am just going to point which one I am taking.

I was craving for my greens so I ordered some bokchoy cabbage in an oyster sauce I believe, some sauteed clams and a cup of rice. The service was very quick. My food arrived in just a few minutes! Although the food was slightly saltier than I am used to, this was an outstanding meal. One of the best meals I have had in Xiamen.

Good choice I reckon to finish my last night and dinner in the city.

Lucky number 7, my dinner arrived so fast!

Sauteed clams Fujian style with local vegetables.

Bokchoy cabbage in oyster sauce and fried garlic.

The restaurant from Zhongshan Lu. It's located at the end part near Xinhua Road.

Here are some more shots of Xiamen in the Siming area:

Lujiang Road at night.

The International Bank building.

Beginning of Zhongshan Lu from Lujiang Road side.

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