XIA MEN,
or XIAMEN, FUJIAN CHINA

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LEE A. WOOD

Xia Men, (pronounced Shao Mun) is an island on the Eastern shore of China, in the province of Fujian, roughly, half way between Shanghai and Hong Kong.


DA DENG ZHEN

GU LANG YU

JIA JIANG INN

SU ZHOU

TRAIN FROM

Shanghai

TRAIN TO

Nan Jing

XIA MEN

TRAIN FROM SHANGHAI TO XIA MEN

This was one of the newer trains.

During most of the trip we hit speeds of 160 K/hr.

During the later part of the trip, when we got into the mountains, we went through many long tunnels, and hit speeds up to 200 Kmh.

The trip took 8 and 3/4 hours.

We stopped at many stations and in between, because of trees, and smog, it was hard to get any pictures but I tried to get one or two after each station to give an idea of the topography.

The following is not all of the stations. Just to give you an idea.

There were spaces between tunnels that barely allowed time to see a house and a field but no time to pick up the camera before we were back into another tunnel.

The new high speed trains have their own station, tacked onto the old international airport in Pu Xi (West Pu), North-West Shanghai.

Author's Note: Little white dots scattered throughout a picture are raindrops on the window of the train.

(Interior of train car - Pu Xi, Shanghai China.)
TRAIN 7707 OUT OF PU XI
(Bear & Mrs. Bear standing in train car - Pu Dong, Shanghai China.)
OVERHEAD SIGN - CAR 5 - 8:29 AM - SPEED 198 KM/H
(WE WERE BARELY OUT OF THE STATION AND STILL
WELL WITHIN CITY LIMITS) EXTERIOR TEMP IS +7 DEGREES CELSIUS
GREEN MAN AND LADY MEAN BOTH TOILETTES ARE OPEN
(Blurry pic. of apartment towers - Pu Dong, Shanghai China.)
EVERYWHERE, THROUGHOUT CHINA, OLD BUILDINGS ARE COMING DOWN
AND NEW APARTMENTS ARE SPRINGING UP
(River, freeway, fields of long plastic domes - Pu Dong, Shanghai China.)
SPACE AGE GREENHOUSES
(Shacks, puddles, piles of recyclables - Pu Dong, Shanghai China.)
RECYCLING TAKES LITTLE SPACE BUT GIVES A GOOD RETURN
ON INVESTMENT, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MEET THE GOVERNMENT
REQUIREMENTS IT WOULD, WERE IT IN B. C.
(Canal, billboards, houses, and small fields of crops - Pu Dong, Shanghai China.)
ANY LAND, NO MATTER HOW SMALL, IF IT DOESN'T HAVE A ROAD OR A BUILDING, IS GROWING A CROP
(Overhead sign in car - Jia Xing South China.) (Train station platforms - Jia Xing South China.)
(Narrow strips of green separating fields of water - Jia Xing South China.)
FISH FARMS
(Small fields of crops - Jia Xing South China.)
(Fields are split by a large Canal - Jia Xing South China.)
LIKE EUROPE, CANALS, AND WATER TRAFFIC, ABOUND
(Smog, house, fields, Canal - Jia Xing South China.)
(Overhead sign in car - Hai Ning West China.) (Large houses, small fields - Hai Ning West China.)
(A cluster of new and old buildings - Hai Ning West China.) (A cluster of new buildings - Hai Ning West China.)
(Overhead sign in car - Hong Zhou South China.)
HONG ZHOU SOUTH
(A large pop up of rock with one side excavated - Hong Zhou South China.)
(Tall homes - Hong Zhou South China.) (Wide canal with homes along the bank - Hong Zhou South China.)
(Overhead sign in car - San Men Xian China.) (A field of plastic greenhouses - San Men Xian China.)
PLASTIC GREENHOUSES, NOW A COMMON SITE
(A man and a suitcase, on a train platform, frame a view of new apartments - San Men Xian China.) (new homes beneath a tree covered dome of rock - San Men Xian China.)
A line of people on a train platform - San Men Xian China.)
WAITING TO BOARD
(A small stream runs through grass which grows at the bottom of a canal - San Men Xian China.)
ONCE A MAJOR WATERWAY, LIKE MANY STREAMS AROUND
THE WORLD, NOW SUFFERS FROM A LACK OF WATER
(Buildings along a freeway - San Men Xian China.) (New buildings, old hills - San Men Xian China.)
(Overhead sign in car - Tai Zhu China.) (Many new apts. small field of crops, recycle yard - Tai Zhu Fujian China.)
(Overhead sign in car - Wen Ling China.) (Mud path between old buildings - Wen Ling China.)
(Large parking lot full of cars - Wen Ling China.) (Line of people on train platform - Wen Ling China.)
NOTE THE YOUNG MAN AT THE HEAD OF THE LINE

At Wen Ling, one of the new passengers was a young man with a five gallon pail.

He set the pail in the corner beside me and then found a seat somewhere else.

Later he was sitting on the pail.

At the next station the passenger beside me left, and as no one took his place I offered the seat to the young man.

As he didn't know any English, our conversation was limited.

At the next stop a person got on who had a ticket for the seat beside me so the young man found a seat elsewhere.

He Left the train at Ling Ying, his home town.

(Overhead sign in car - Shen Fang China.) (Fields of plastic greenhouses - Shen Fang Fujian China.)
(Overhead sign in car - Wen Zhou Nan China.) (Trees, greenhouses, green crops - Wen Zhou Nan China.)
(Overhead sign in car - Rui An China.) (A freeway passes under the train - Rui An China.)
(Overhead sign in car - Cang Nan China.) (Old and new buildings separated by a field of crops - Cang Nan China.)
(Greenhouses, water crops, green crops, behind a home - Cang Nan China.) (Water fields, waiting for water - Cang Nan China.)
(fields and homes beneath small hills - Cang Nan China.) (A wide river curves passed some tall apartments - Cang Nan China.)
(Green berms separate water farms - Cang Nan China.)
FISH FARMS
(Green berms, and water drops, city and mountains. in background - Cang Nan China.)
(Overhead sign in car - Lian Jiang China.) (Hills buildings, greenhouses, depressed fields - Lian Jiang China.)
(Small treed hill, new apts. station platform - Lian Jiang China.) (Small treed hill, new apts. station platform - Lian Jiang China.)
(Narrow valley, cut in hills side for new road, small fields on valley floor, Overhead freeway, City buildings in background, - Lian Jiang China.) (Crossing of freeways in foreground, City buildings in background,  - Lian Jiang China.)
(Wide river, tall buildings along shore - Lian Jiang China.) (Wide river, small boat approaching in center of stream - Lian Jiang China.)
(Overhead sign in car - Fu Zhou Nan China.) (Young man sits 2 seats ahead of me. Jing Fu ducks out of sight behind him. - Fu Zhou Nan China.)
THE YOUNG MAN HAS FOUND A SEAT THAT WASN'T BOOKED
(Small field of crops, city in background - Fu Zhou Nan China.) (Several tracks enter station, small conical, terraced hill in background - Quan Zhou China.)
(Overhead sign in car - Quan Zhou China.) (Large building complex under construction in center of a large field - Quan Zhou China.)
(Overhead sign in car - Jin Jiang China.) (The young man carries his bucket along the station platform - Jin Jiang China.)
NEARLY HOME
(Buildings, fields, swamps - Jin Jiang China.) (Old buildings, newer buildings in background - Jin Jiang China.)
(Boats on the water, large building in the background - Jin Jiang China.) (Boats on the water, fairground in background - Jin Jiang China.)
(Clam bucket crane on self propelled barge in center of river - Jin Jiang China.) (Overhead sign in car - Xia Men, Fujian China.)

XIA MEN
JIN JIANG INN

Like any other; small, Chinese, city, XiaMen has a myriad of hotels close to the train station.

After enquiring at a couple we came across one that had a decent price.

As per usual, I had hidden out of sight until the bargaining was complete.

However when I came in the door we were told that they weren’t allowed, by the government, to accept foreigners as guests.

After another couple of tries we came across a nicer hotel, 2 blocks West, with a sign that said Y149 per person per night.

With a bit of bargaining we got it for Y149 per room.

Of the hotels I’ve stayed in, in this price range, it is probably the nicest.

Clean, well appointed.

Part of a chain, nearly 800 hotels, scattered across China, with plans to expand to other countries.

(Night scene main st. - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
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(Night, sign, corner of main and Feng Yu Lu - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
CORNER OF FENG YU LU
(Empty city st. Feng Yu Lu - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
THIS FIRST PART OF FENGYU IS USUALLY FULL OF BUSSES,
THEY DISAPPEAR TO THE LEFT INTO STREET LEVEL,
AND BELOW LEVEL, LOADING AREAS
(Empty city st. Feng Yu Lu - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
THIS PART OF FENGYU IS LIGHTING STORES ON THE RIGHT
AND RESTAURANTS ON THE LEFT
(Lighted sign at night - Xia Men, Fujian CHINA.)
THE SIGN TO THE HOTEL CAN BE EASILY SEEN AT NIGHT.
IF YOU MISS IT, NOT TO WORRY YOU CAN ALSO TURN RIGHT
AT THE NEXT ALLEY, OR EVEN THE FIRST ONE, WHICH WE HAVE ALREADY PASSED
(Lighted sign in daylight, Feng Yu Lu - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
THIS LANE IS ONE WAY ONLY.
THE GATE ONLY OPENS TO LET VEHICLES OUT
PEDESTRIANS CAN SQUEEZE AROUND THE POST
(Sign and gate along Feng Yu Lu - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
A VERY COLOURFUL STREET AT NIGHT
WITH ALL THE LIGHTING DISPLAYS
(Alley at night - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
(Alley in daylight - Xia Men, Fujian China.) (Large chandelier in window of store - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
(Colourful lights inside store at night - Xia Men, Fujian China.) (Colourful lights inside store at night - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
(Colourful lights inside store at night - Xia Men, Fujian China.) (Colourful lights inside store at night - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
(Tall, colourful light store at night - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
THE BUILDING IS QUITE NOTICEABLE WITH ALL THE
BANNERS AND SIGNS
(Tall banner on front of building - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
(Exterior of front of building and lobby entrance - Xia Men, Fujian China.) (Exterior of lobby entrance - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
(Interior of lobby, guests registering - Xia Men, Fujian China.) (Interior of room, beds - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
(Interior of bathroom - Xia Men, Fujian China.) (Desk area - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
THEY ADVERTISE FREE WIFI BUT, ALSO, THE ROOM HAS
A HIGH SPEED CABLE CONNECTION.

The Jin Jiang Inn is part of a chain with over 800 hotels scattered throughout China.

The signs say Y149 per night/ per person. As it was between busy times, like a three day break, we got the rooms for Y149 / couple

Not a five star but well appointed and clean.

Certainly a lot more than I expected for the price.

XIA MEN

Xia Men is the only town on the island, and the major city in the province.

The population is 2.5 million but I am not sure if that is for the city or the island.

Not a lot of difference however as the city covers most of the small island.

(Night shot, major street - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
XIA HE LU
(Empty city st. Feng Yu Lu - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
FENG YU LU
(Empty city st. Feng Yu Lu at night - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
WE ATE, AT LEAST ONCE, IN MOST OF THESE PLACES
(Night shot, inside of restaurant on Feng Yu Lu - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
(Night shot, inside of restaurant on Feng Yu Lu - Xia Men, Fujian China.) (Night shot, inside of restaurant on Feng Yu Lu - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
(Night shot, inside of restaurant on Feng Yu Lu - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
THIS ONE WAS OUR FAVOURITE
(Day shot, in front of restaurants on Feng Yu Lu - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
(Main St. beneath high speed transit - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
AHEAD, AND TO THE LEFT, IS THE TRAIN STATION
TO THE RIGHT, IS A LARGE DEPARTMENT STORE
(Exterior of an interior restaurant - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
THE `MODERN TOILET'
(Interior of restaurant - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
THE SEATS ARE TOILETS
THE TABLES ARE A SHEET OF GLASS ABOVE TWO SINKS
(Interior of restaurant - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
(Street scene - Xia Men, Fujian China.) (Street scene - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
(Street scene - Xia Men, Fujian China.) (Entrance to Xiang'an Tunnel - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
ENTRANCE TO XIANG'AN TUNNEL
(Street scene - Xia Men, Fujian China.) (Street scene - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
(Tall hotel - Xia Men, Fujian China.) (Crowd at entrance to the ferries for Gu Lang Yu - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
ENTRANCE TO FERRIES FOR GU LANG YU
(Forested hill and freeway - Xia Men, Fujian China.) (Freeway Entrance to Tunnels - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
(Entrance to Tunnel - Xia Men, Fujian China.) (Interior of Tunnel - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
(Interior of Tunnel outer wall is lined with giant screens- Xia Men, Fujian China.)
VIDEO SCREENS PROJECT IMAGES OF THE OUTSIDE WORLD
(Large apartment building towers over freeway - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
(Street scene - Xia Men, Fujian China.) (Street scene - Xia Men, Fujian China.)

GU LANG YU

We took a #5 bus from a stop near our hotel and crossed to the East side of the island where we boarded a boat to a neighbouring island for the major tourist attraction of the city.

(Passengers coming, and going, near the ticket booths - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
PASSENGERS COMING, AND GOING, NEAR THE TICKET BOOTHS
(Ramp to the loading wharf - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
RAMP TO THE LOADING WHARF
(Loading wharf - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
LOADING WHARF
(Moving from the wharf to the ferry - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
MOVING FROM THE WHARF TO THE FERRY
(Looking back at Xia Men - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
LOOKING BACK AT XIA MEN
(Tall buildings along the shore - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
LOOKING BACK
(A crowd of people on a roofed deck - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
A CROWD OF PEOPLE ON A ROOFED DECK
(A crowd of people on a roofed deck - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
(Looking down on three faces - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
HUANG BIN, HUANG JIN MEI, HUANG JIN FU
(Tall buildings, and large boats, along the shore - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
(Tall buildings along the shore, another ferry follows us. - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.) (Tall buildings along the shore - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
(Buildings and trees along the shore - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
LOOKING AHEAD
(Buildings, stone wall, and trees along the shore - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
(Dolphin statue on end of stone wall protects a small beach - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.) (People disembark up a ramp from the loading wharf - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
ARRIVING AT GU LANG YU
(Arrival wharf, Xia Men in the background - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
XIA MEN IN THE BACKGROUND
(People milling about the arrivals area, Xia Men in the background - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
PEOPLE MILLING ABOUT THE ARRIVALS AREA
(Small roofed hut, walls of bamboo, map on interior wall - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.) (Close up of map of Gu Lang Yu - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
MAP OF GU LANG YU
(Bin takes a picture on a busy street - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
BIN TAKES A PICTURE
(A street full of tourists - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
(An old tiered building - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.) (An old columned building - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
(A row of shops with a canvas canopy out front - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.) (A street paved with granite tiles - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
(A steep narrow stairway between buildings - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.) (Busy, narrow, street - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
(Upper floor windows and balconies. - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.) (Quiet narrow street - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
(Small child eating a snack - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.) (Plastic bowls, on ground, filled with; clams, snails, crabs - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
(Looking, through an archway on the side, at shoppers at the front of a store - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.) (Lone person on a long narrow lane - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
(Large modern building on top of a hill - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
GU LANG YU CONCERT HALL
(Name of building carved into a rock on the lawn - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
(Map of Gu Lang Yu - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.) (Close up of map - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
(Closer close up of map - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.) (Front of old abandoned building - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
HIGHER UP THE HILL MANY OLDER BUILDINGS, MOST,
BEHIND LARGE WALLS, LIE ABANDONED TO THE ELEMENTS
(Side of old abandoned building - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.) (Walkway beneath the legs of a large octopus - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
ENTRANCE TO THE WATER WORLD
(Looking across the water at Xia Men - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.) (Two people sitting in front of a billboard - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
ENTRANCE TO THE ORGAN MUSEUM
(Close up of billboard - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
MANY ADVERTISEMENTS, FOR GU LANG YU,
MISTAKENLY SAY `PIANO MUSEUM'
(Steep narrow street between high walls - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
MOST OF THE `100 FAMOUS ARCHITECTURES'
ARE BEHIND WALLS
(Cacti, and flowers - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
CACTI, DESPITE THE RAINY DAY,
IT IS ACTUALLY A FAIRLY DRY CLIMATE
(Paths on top of the hill - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
(Close up of plaque - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
NOON CANNON FORT ON YAN WEI MOUNTAIN
MUCH LIKE THE 9 PM GUN IN VANCOUVER,
THEY FIRED A GUN AT NOON
(Small building among the trees - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
BLOCK HOUSE AND GUN COMMAND CENTRE
(Thick, low, concrete walls - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
ONE OF FOUR GUN EMPLACEMENTS TO PROTECT THE CITY
BUILT IN 1873, AFTER THE SECOND OPIUM WAR.
(More water and buildings from the far side of the island - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
MORE WATER AND BUILDINGS, FROM THE FAR SIDE OF THE ISLAND
(A small beach - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
THE FAR SIDE OF THE ISLAND
(Interior of a large tunnel - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
A TUNNEL CONNECTS THE TWO SIDES OF THE ISLAND
(Inside the tunnel - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.) (Workers pull loaded carts into the tunnel - Gu Lang Yu, Fujian China.)
SUPPLIES FOR THE HOMES, AND STORES, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF
THE MOUNTAIN GO BY CART THROUGH THE TUNNEL

DA DENG ZHEN

On our third day in Xia Men we took a different bus and went through a different tunnel to a different island.

It was a fairly long bus ride but it was a clear day and lots of strange sights to see.

During the later part of the trip, we went past a lot of construction going on in tidal flats.

They may have been developing fish farms.

Da Deng Zhen is one of the closest points between China and Taiwan.

(Approaching a tunnel on freeway - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
APPROACHING A TUNNEL
(Freeway entering tunnel- Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
XIANG-AN TUNNEL
(Approaching a toll gate - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
XIANG-AN TUNNEL TOLL GATE
(Fields of green - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
(Rows of green vegetables - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.) (Large area of tidal flat with stream running through it - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
TIDAL FLATS
(Banners on poles in front of building. - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.) (Palm trees along road, old lady in road with broom and dustpan - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
(Narrow tree lined road - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.) (Narrow street between buildings - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
(Colourful city bus - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
THE BUS WE WERE ON
(Walking along the side of the road - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
WALKING FROM THE BUS TURN AROUND TO THE SHOPPING CENTRE
(Entrance to the shopping centre - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
ENTRANCE TO THE SHOPPING CENTRE
(Palm trees and a colourful fountain - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
(Main entrance - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.) (Large open courtyard - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
(Large sign - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.) (Large sign - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
(People looking at a map of the islands - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.) (Serena standing by sign - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
(Close up of map - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
A MAP OF THE ISLANDS AND THE CONNECTING TUNNELS
XIAMEN IS THE ISLAND ON THE LEFT
(A large round building - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
ONE OF THE DEPARTMENT STORES
(A large sunken courtyard - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
THE COURTYARD IS SURROUNDED BY SMALL STORES
AND LARGE DEPARTMENT STORES
(Palm trees in the courtyard - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
(Large modern bathroom - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.) (A decorative wall with rocks and small statues at base. - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
(Stork and pagoda on rocks - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.) (Close up of bird and pagoda on separate rocks - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
(Aaron sitting on a ride in a video game room - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
AARON TRIES OUT A CROTCH ROCKET RIDE
(Walkway with booths for vendors - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
TOO EARLY, BREAKFAST ISN'T READY YET
(A jade store inside the department store - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.) (An area of watch  display cases - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
(A clerk sits beside a display of jewellery. - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
A BORED CLERK, TOO EARLY FOR CUSTOMERS
(3 colourful war canoes. - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
I WONDER IF THESE WILL COMPETE IN VANCOUVER'S DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
(Aaron in front of a window display - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
HARD TO SEE BECAUSE OF THE REFLECTIONS
THE MEAT CLEVER ON THE LEFT IS BIGGER THAN AARON
THE ARTILLERY SHELL ON THE RIGHT IS AS TALL AS AARON
(A colourful advertising for a wine company - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
A SIGN IN THE WINE SECTION
(An interior courtyard - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
THE COURTYARD IN A SECOND DEPARTMENT STORE
(Bin, Aaron, Jin Me, Jin Fu sit on park benches - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
RELAXING IN THE SUN
(Bear stands on a parade square, stage in background - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
BEAR CASTS A SHADOW
(Open breezeway through a building - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
THE ENTRANCE TO THE CUSTOMS OFFICE FOR TAIWAN
(People walking on a paved path through sand - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
A SHORT WALK TO AN OLDER MARKET
(A small midway - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
(Entrance to the market - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.) (A street at the end of the market - Da Deng Zeng, Fujian China.)
MOST OF THE PRODUCTS IN THESE MARKETS COME FROM TAIWAN

TRAIN FROM XIA MEN to NAN JING

This was one of the older trains.

During most of the trip we hit speeds of 160 K/hr.

During the later part of the trip, when we got into the mountains, we went through many long tunnels, and hit speeds up to 200 Kmh.

(Hills and buildings - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
LEAVING XIA MEN
(Hills and buildings - Xia Men, Fujian China.)
(Trees, hills, canal. China.) (Trees, hills, canal. China.)
(Hills, green crops. China.) (Buildings and tracks. Ji Xi Xian, China.)
JI XI XIAN
(Freight train, our passenger train, and a platform in between. Ji Xi Xian, China.) (Train station platform, frt. train - Ji Xi Xian, China.)
(Train station platform, frt. train - Ji Xi Xian, China.)
DI DAO - NO, NOT A TOWN - IT MEANS `GO DOWN'
AS IN `GO DOWN THE STAIRS - PASS UNDER THE TRACKS
TO GET TO THE TRAIN DEPOT'
(Street separates two rows of bright white buildings. China.)
(Town is split by a large Canal - Jia Xing South China.)
LIKE EUROPE, CANALS, AND WATER TRAFFIC, ABOUND
(Town, street, bannered archway. China.)
(New train tracks, or freeway, being built over top of a small town in a narrow valley. China.)
NEW TRAIN TRACKS, OR FREEWAY
BEING BUILT OVER TOP OF A SMALL TOWN IN A NARROW VALLEY
(Stream beside road goes under new construction. China.)
(A cluster of new and old buildings. China.) (A cluster of new buildings - Hai Ning West China.)
(buildings, green crops. China.) (Small green  fields in a narrow valley China.)
(Small, green, terraced, fields in a narrow valley China.) (Family graves on a hillside. China.)
(Houses, crops, narrow valley. China.) (small fields, narrow valley. China.)
(green fields, mountains, new train track. China.) (Fields and green houses - Nan Jing China.)
APPROACHING NAN JING
(Small fish farm - Shan Jing China.) (Fish farm and houses - Nan Jing China.)
(Small plots of crop amongst houses - Nan Jing China.) (Small terraced plots on hillside - Nan Jing China.)
(Long narrow fields - Nan Jing China.) (Tall apartments, large lake, large tiled square, lots of people - Nan Jing China.)
FOR MORE PICTURES OF THIS LAKE, VISIT MYNAN JING PAGE.

SU ZHOU and the TRAIN to SHANGHAI

This was one of the newer trains.

There were no stops and we travelled at a speed of 297 K/hr.

SuZhou is due West of Shanghai.

Reminiscent of, but larger than, Nan Jing Lu, in Shanghai or Granville st., in Vancouver, this is a huge shopping area with no traffic allowed.

It encompasses many streets and a large temple area.

(Chinese statues after dark at the train station - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
EXTERIOR - SU ZHOU TRAIN DEPOT
(Lit exterior of train station - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
IT WAS DARK WHEN THE TRAIN ARRIVED IN SUZHOU
(Lots of people on a well lit street. - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
AFTER GETTING SETTLED INTO THE HOTEL WE TOOK A WALK
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO EAT [GUANQIAN JIE (ST.)}
(People on a dark street, no traffic. - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
WE FOUND THE MAIN SHOPPING AREA WHICH WAS MOSTLY CLOSED
BUT WE FOUND A FOOD MARKET ON A SIDE STREET
WITH SOME SHOPS STILL OPEN - (PEDESTRIAN ST.)
(Busses on a busy street - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
COMING IN, LAST NIGHT, BECAUSE OF CONSTRUCTION,
WE HAD TO GO PAST THE HOTEL AND THEN WALK BACK A FEW BLOCKS (RENMIN LU)
(Intersection - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
TO THE RIGHT - YINGUO XIANG (ALLEY)
(Pedi cab in th intersection - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.) (Looking across the street at the hotel - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
HOTEL 138
(Interior of hotel room - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
(A glass walled bathroom - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
A GLASS WALLED BATHROOM
(Interior of bathroom, a glass walled shower - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
NO PRIVACY HERE
(A street full of people, no cars - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
THE SHOPPING AREA IS IMMENSE AND ONLY A BLOCK FROM THE HOTEL
WE WENT BACK FOR BREAKFAST AND TO DO SOME SHOPPING
I FOUND 3 APPLE STORES WITHIN 3 BLOCKS
THEY LOVE MAC COMPUTERS AND IPHONES
THE EARLY MORNING SUN LIGHTS UP THE SHOPPING DISTRICT, GUANQIAN JIE
(A tree lined street. - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)

GOING BACK TO THE TRAIN - RENMIN LU

(A bus on a tree lined street - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
( a Pedi cab passed in front of a row of scooters - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.) (A bus on a separate tree lined bus lane - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
(A plywood fence around a construction site, pagoda in the background - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
PROBABLY A NEW SUBWAY GOING IN
(Crowded traffic along the construction site. - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
THE PAGODA WE SAW ON THE WAY IN LAST NIGHT
(A large pagoda, lit up at night - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.) (A large pagoda - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
(A roofed pedestrian walk on a bridge - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.) (A roofed pedestrian walk on a bridge over a canal - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
(A colourful flora sign - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
LOOKING TOWARDS THE DEPOT
(The other side of the colourful flora sign - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
LOOKING AWAY FROM THE DEPOT
(A large plaza between two large buildings. - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
LOOKING FROM THE NORTH BOUND DEPOT TO THE SOUTH BOUND DEPOT
(A large area of seats - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
(Inside the depot, looking down on the tracks - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.) (Train arriving - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
AARON MISSES THE ARRIVAL OF OUR TRAIN
(Freeways and tall buildings in the distance. - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
WITHIN MINUTES WE ARE WELL OUTSIDE THE CITY -
(Green trees in a park, Freeways and tall buildings in the distance. - SuZhou, Jiangsu China.)
AND TRAVELLING AT SPEEDS OVER 200 K/PH.
(Trees and warehouses - SuZhou China.) (Tree farm and soccer pitch. - SuZhou China.)
(Tree farm and irrigation canals. - SuZhou China.) (Tall apartments, toll booth, lake in park. - Shanghai China.)
(River, bridges, oil refinery. - Shanghai China.)
WITHIN MINUTES WE WERE WITHIN THE OUTSKIRTS
OF THE CITY/PROVINCE OF SHANGHAI
(Tree lined country road, swamp. - Shanghai China.)
(Green fields. - Shanghai China.) (Green fields. - Shanghai China.)
(Farm house, orchards. - Shanghai China.) (Tree farm or orchard, tall apartment under construction. - Shanghai China.)
(Apartments and green houses. - Shanghai China.) (Barge on a canal. - Shanghai China.)
(Concrete culvert storage. - Shanghai China.) (Two farms separated by a stream. - Shanghai China.)
(Large apartment bldg. - Shanghai China.) (Green houses and a river. - Shanghai China.)
(Barge waiting at a lock on a canal. - Shanghai China.) (Rural street and buildings. - Shanghai China.)
(Rooftops. - Shanghai China.) (Apartments and a canal. - Shanghai China.)
(Large hotel? and Quonset huts - Shanghai China.) (Arrival, debarking train at Hongqiao Railway Station - Shanghai China.)
HONGQIAO RAILWAY STATION

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