Day 4: Great Bridge, Banyan Tree, and Whale Cave

[If you haven’t been keeping up with my travels, check them out here!]

First thing in the morning (which means 10 AM), we went to the market! I do not react well to strong smells, so Nick gave me some insanely strong gum and I wore a mask.  I still had to hold my breath a number of times! – I will guest blog about it at Nick and Liv Go Abroad later today!  UPDATE: Here’s my guest post about the traditional market!

We drove to some other islands to check out some cool stuff.  We drove past the Windmill Power Park a number of times, and it was pretty cool to see.  In the winter time, the wind is so strong, the wind turbines are rotated so they do not spin and break.

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Windmill Power Park

The Great Bridge links the islands of Baisha and Xiyu. At 2,494 meters, it was the first sea-crossing bridge in the far eastern seas.

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The Great Bridge

This is also where a man gestured to us that he wanted to take a picture.  With us.  Our pale skin makes us FAMOUS!

The Tongliang Banyan tree is said to be over 200 years old.  It has aerial roots that form a miniature forest of subsidiary trunks – the tree covers an area of more than 660 square meters. (source)

One of the staples here is 7-11.  They are on almost every corner!  They have lots of food options including tea eggs, hot dogs, microwave pastas, and more.  We decided to stop here for lunch.

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Then we headed to Xiaomen island to check out the Whale Cave: “a large hole in an eroded columnar basalt formation that is said to resemble a whale when viewed from a distance” (source)

On the way back, Nick decided to see what the top speed is on his scooter, so he seized the opportunity on a long stretch — 100 kmph! (equivalent to about 60 mph)

Dumplings & a movie in the only air conditioned room in the house made for a nice end to the day.

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