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China: Studies - Xiamen V: Artillery Fortress and University

Published: 4.4.2015
Our trip to see the famous tulou 土楼 was great. A strange van appeared and it was not strange after all. Chinese tourists stepped in and we stepped in as well because they said that the last bus had just left and the van driver would give us better price.

They were right. There was nothing to worry bout. The guide of Chinese tour seemed to be a very resolute lady. We could imagine that someone would frown at her, or steal from her in the van.

Sia-men

In Xiamen 厦门, we had one day left before flight back. There was no time so we boarded a city bus in the morning and were driven to former artillery fortress Huli shan 胡里山 , south Xiamen. In the beginning of the 20th century, the Brits built it when they settled in the city towards the end of the 19th century. It is well preserved until today. It is really well preserved and right upon entering the complex you can feel the past. And even more when you walk through secret corridors, barracks, or see gigantic German cannon. The cannon weights 60 tons and is almost 14 meters long. Its reach is more then 10 kilometers.

Xiamen

We walked through the whole museum including a 4D screening about fortresses’ history. We then went towards the gates of Xiamen university (Xiamen Daxue厦门大学), one of China’s best universities. This one had also pleasant atmosphere more like a large park. Right behind its gates there is a Buddhist monastery of Nanputuo 南普陀, at mountain’s foot. If you don’t mind climbing some steps you will be rewarded with beautiful vista over the whole city. If you got hungry, there is a Buddhist vegetarian restaurant .

Xiamen

We were not particularly hungry but we were really getting tired of all day long walking. Moreover, the hour of our departure was getting close. So we went back through narrow streets to get our backpacks. Locals offered us local specialties and we tasted them. In the end, we were happy that we even reached the hotel. We said goodbye to nice houselady, rubbed the dog of her neighbors. Before the bus came we walked a bit along the beach.

Sia-men

Sun was setting on the horizon. The wind played with waves and we were on our way to Beijing. After vacation we would spend a Saturday at school, and new and new Chinese signs that you should forget. Well, we actually were looking forward to it. This was the reason we came in China. And also to have thousands new experiences...

 

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Bus taking me from the Beijing airport to the place of my stay. First couple of days it is not a school but a flat of my friend. I will stay day until the registration at the university. How will be the school? What about teachers? And classmates?

China: How It All Began – A Grandiose Sports Day
Published: 30.8.2014
Several days have passed at Chengdu University. Days went by rather in same manner. Some were less calm and some calmer. We had no trip ahead of us and waited what would happen.

China: How Everything Began – „Now You Made Me a Beggar“
Published: 31.5.2014
Before you find yourselves in some foreign country, perhaps you would not know what you have to do. Mostly, those are things that are completely normal in your homeland. These things are usually a routine, no one even think about. For example shopping. Lets start right on the street with stalls.

China: How It All Began – Campus: Living in a Jungle
Published: 5.4.2014
I am waiting for tickets to get from the Beijing Airport. I have to just sit in a right bus. An hour later I am on place. I am really curious about my new place, campus and its surroundings. I have to remember my first campus in Chengdu two years earlier.

China: How It All – Chinese Parks: May I Have This Dance?
Published: 5.7.2014
In China, there are places famous for their parks and gardens, for example Su-chou州. You can find several parks in every Chinese city. Chengdu成都is no exception.

China: How It All Began – Leshan: The Place Where Buddha Guards Waters
Published: 6.9.2014
Before my flight to Chengdun where I had studied for half a year, there were several other trip. One of them took me to Leshan, the place with the largest Buddha statue in the world.

China: How It All Began – Miracles To Go, Unthinkable In Three Days
Published: 7.6.2014
Of course, from time to time one just gets this urge to “bargain”. In case that you consider this rather amusement and you do not have nothing better to do. I even thing that if you are lucky, you can buy many things really cheap at market. Moreover, you will chitchat while doing so.

China: A Long Journey VII. - Yinchuan III. A Town of Chinese Muslims
Published: 29.7.2013
As it has been already said in the previous article, Yinchuan is the capital of Ningxia, an autonomous region of the Hui people. Long story short, the Hui people are Chinese Muslims and you may recognize them at first glance for men as well as women wear typical hats.

China: Long Journey VI – Yinchuan II Tombs of Western Xia Dynasty Kings
Published: 29.6.2013
One of most popular tourist attractions of the Province of Ning-Sia are royal tombs about 35 kilometers from the center of Yinchuan. It is a landmark you just have to visit. We set out there soon after we get an accommodation. After while we found a bus heading to Shun Hing, literary “western Xia Square”.

China: A Long Journey V – Hohhot II
Published: 27.5.2013
When you set out to Hohhot, it is almost impossible to miss famous Mongolian steppes. There are plenty around Hohhot, we chose Si-la-mu-zhen. With our backpacks we got in a bus and two hours later the driver unloaded us in the middle of nowhere.

China: Long Journey III - Datong
Published: 23.3.2013
A journey from Beijing to Datong was smooth, without complications. We arrived at the place few minutes to midnight and the city was unusuallay quiet and deserted. It almost seemed as some sort of furious storm swept through the city and wiped out everything alive. Even lamps were turned off. This made our orientation, if we can use this term for a situation when we had absolutely no clue...

China: Long Journey IV: Hohhot  I
Published: 20.5.2013
From Bejing to TaZ Pekingu do Datong. From Datong to Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia, our second stop on our way across China. We waited on the Datong train station, instant noodles (in Chinese their name is fang-pien-mien, „comfortable noodles“, a really convenient name), we held happily our tickets. There was jing-cuo written on them (“hard seats”).

China: Long Journey II - Icy Summer Palace
Published: 16.3.2013
If we set off to China it is almost imposible to miss out its capital - Beijing. Beijing is full of traces of history but Beijing also lives in the present and future in every of its wide avenues and narrow streets. Beijing is full of fabulous food, noisy traffic... And so on and on. Where would you look for peaceful moments in busy metropolis?

China: A Long Journey VI – Yinchuan I, Travellers’ Hardships
Published: 15.6.2013
Beijing – Datong– Hohhot... and Yinchuan was supposed to follow. As we were amazed that we managed to get some tickets, we didn’t examine it.

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