29.07.2010 - 29.07.2010
Carlos, the guy who’d told us about the bullet train, invited us to go and see the sun rise with him and his girlfriend Cheng. The alarm went off at 4:30am. Ouch! By 5:30am we were stood on top of Sunshine Rock, the highest point on the Island. The sunrise was a bit of a non-event because of the cloud but the views were amazing over the whole Island, across the river and the city of Xiamen. We took the obligatory photos and headed back down through a stunning traditional Chinese Buddhist temple.
We were back in bed by 8am.
After breakfast (at 12: noon) we decided to walk round the island before leaving it. It’s strange the way a place can change your moods and have an affect on you; this place has certainly done that. Its just tranquil, chilled out and relaxed, very different to the way we felt when we arrived a few days ago.
We paid our ¥8 and jumped on the ferry to Xia’men for a chill out and Internet session in our new, slightly less weird hotel room.
We’re still trying to get consistent reports as to whether the train line is open between Shanghai to Xi’an. BBC news has reported that the rain has moved further south so we are hoping to be able to continue as planned. We’ve just found out that the day we travelled from Hong Kong to Guangzhou a huge mud slide took out the train line we were going to travel on so it, was the right decision to take the bus. Yesterday 300,000 people were evacuated from the city of Wuzhou, just 200Km west of Guangzhou because of massive flooding so I think we’ll be relieved to get out of the south.
It looks like the Yangtze River is still a no-go, another serge of water hit the dam again yesterday, the region has now had the heaviest rainfall for 100 years and the dam is at dangerous levels again. The death toll from the flooding is now over 800 with more that 400 missing.