Anyway, still on Gulangyu island (off Xiamen's coast, south-east China), wandering through the town part, I notice some restaurants. The food at these seem particularly fresh, in that it is swimming in buckets outside the entrance.
The interesting foods on offer by no means ended there. In this next picture you can see what else is on offer, whether you need sunglasses, coral, dried snakes, dried sea horses etc.
Walking to Sunlight Rock
More walking later, we stumble upon some very nice houses with ornate wooden carvings and green rooves (and another rock which isn't the 'sunlight rock').
Walking past these building's, I emerge in a temple or holy-shrine-type area, overlooked by a female Buddha statue.
The temple courtyard area would be a very relaxing and picturesque situation to be in at this moment in time, but that feeling is somewhat overridden by the heat and amount of walking involved. It's still very nice though, relaxation is overwhelmed by a determination to make it to the top of whatever we're climbing, to hopefully find the now mystical 'sunlight rock', which must be amazing if all of these rocks were just bog-standard in comparison...
Next we can see the view that the female Buddha statue has had for probably quite a while:
And here we have another view of the skyscrapers in Xiamen, as well as the town on Gulangyu island.
And... At last! I can see where we've heading all of this time, the peak on the island, sunlight rock.
Yes, it is as crowded as it looks, and by now we're pretty high up as you can see by this picture of the peak from the bottom which I posted in the last post:
So, I finally reach the top, after taking a quick picture of what I thought was a funny sign, I took some pictures of the view from all the way on top of sunlight rock, on Gulangyu island:
Sign text -
"There is a common saying that "You have not been to Xiamen unless you have climbed Sunlight Rock". The symbol of Xiamen, this 40 meter diameter rock towers over Gulangyu islet, and is popular for its grotesque rocks, natural caves, colorful trees, flowers, and bird's-eye view of both Gulangyu and Xiamen."
Next time - I go back down from the rock, and walk through the town, and see even more strange foods: TBC.
P.s - At last, Google Blogger allows me to put pictures between text on the iPad app!