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The hubby and I went to Xiamen, China for a week.  The weather was beautiful.  Not too hot nor too cold.  But we do get an occasional weird rain and sun all on the same day.   Xiamen is quite a bustling city.  Evey single year there’s always something different.  Like a new shops, eatery, new bridge or a building.  The city is really growing fast.

 We visited Tu Lou (literal translation means a building made of earth), a village with a peculiar rounded housing.  Which had stood the test of time.  It took us about 3 hours ride to get there.  But it was worth it because it’s not the usual thing you see.  The food is all home grown from the village and it was really really good!!!  I think I went for a couple of bowls of rice. >_<

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This soup taste like there are coconuts in it!  The herbs they put in made it taste that way.  Really yummy!

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This bamboo shoot dish is all home grown.

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 This is one of the original buildings.  So the wood is bit weak, it was nerve racking to walk the 3rd floor.  O_o

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Each housing can house a lot of people.  Each room is provided per family.  If the sons get married and no room is available.  They have to move to another housing.  Thus, they make more circular house.

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Okay, this is not a potty.  But a deep well was provided for each apartment.

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Very healthy chicken.  Never seen this well rounded chicken up close.

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Each spike is represented by a clan from the village.  Each has their own design and height. It looks like a paint brush.

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Back in Xiamen, we stopped at a nearby coffee shop named Geo Geo Cafe.  I love how they made this house into a coffee shop.  Makes you feel all homey.  Plus it has a nice view of the lake.

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Very rich cheesecake.

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Fruit tea.  Taste like four season so its really refreshing and sweet.

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Flambe dessert!

Shopping at Zhong San Lu!  This street is filled with shops!  And at night it lits up pretty nicely too!  (Should’ve taken a night shot of it.  Maybe next time ^^)

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If there’s shopping, then there’s lots of street food too!!!!  Just like this one.

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