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Xiamen – Day 1

‘The Mother’, Dragon and I and along with ‘The Mother’s’ cricket team all went to Xiamen for the Easter long weekend. It was a cricket tour – it didn’t occur to me when ‘The Mother’ mentioned it to me that he was actually going to play cricket against another team… in Xiamen. I had interpreted that statement as his cricket team mates going to Xiamen for the Easter break! Hence I was very much surprised when ‘The Mother’ started packing his cricket gear! And yes – they wore their whites and one of them even bought a helmet! It was all very serious and professional! HA!


Our flight was delayed which annoyed me a little – nothing worse than sitting around waiting for your flight! Waste of my time, and I could definitely have slept in! However, we finally arrived in Xiamen and we were ALL starving! We stayed at the Marco Polo Hotel which was quite nice and had a lot of designer shops downstairs. ‘The Mother’ made a smart remark to the captain ‘I think you have made me poor this weekend’ meaning that he thought I was going to buy a bag or two in Xiamen – seriously? I would have but not in Xiamen!


In case you are wondering where Xiamen is, it is located in the Fujian province, in the southeastern coast of China. It is seriously not what I expected, but then again, I wasn’t sure what to expect! The city had a bit of history as well as commercial buildings. After checking in, we all went to the Old Quarter which can be found opposite the pier. It’s a maze of old style Chinese markets and tiny streets with LOTS and I mean LOTS of food! The Old Quarter had some amazing architecture, some parts reminded me a little of Europe – yes I kid you not but with less people. I love walking through the markets and shops and the food stalls! I was in heaven!

It was relatively busy though, seems like everyone was there that afternoon / evening, including us! We found a street that had a lot of food and yes, we did try a couple of things.


These chicken wings on sticks were deliciously tasty!


These pancakes looked good and I am kicking myself for not trying any!


We managed to find a restaurant that didn’t look too ghetto or dodgy. I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the restaurant or where it was, but the food was pretty decent and incredibly cheap! We started with some char siu – they were absolutely delicious!


The abalone soup I didn’t have but was told that it was ‘excellent’.


The fried rice wasn’t too bad.


Some vegetables.


The chicken was a little spicy but full of flavours.


Last but not least, mapo tofu – my favourite! This was good, and the chili really gave it a nice kick!


I was too full for dinner, but ‘The Mother’ and the team went to the pub to for drinks and some pub food. I was in bed with Dragon and candy crush!

It was a pretty good afternoon, and the 2nd and 3rd day was even better!

  1. April 5, 2013 at 3:21 am

    LOL at what you thought a cricket tour actually meant.

    • April 7, 2013 at 1:23 am

      heya miss piggy – I thought they were going to watch cricket but then I thought – who plays cricket in China! little do i know! hahahahha

  2. bladdamasta
    April 6, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Xiamen is on the must do list

  3. April 9, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    So much awesomeness!!! I want all of that in my tummy right now!!

  1. December 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm

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