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Outdoor War Games Club (Dōngnánhuādū Yězhàn Jùlèbù 东南花都野战俱乐部) Uses AK-47 BB guns, not paintball. Location: Zēng Cuò’ān, Xiàmén Software Park, Shèngshì Bldg. 厦门软件园盛世大厦)

Taiwan Cultural Village (Táiwān Mínsú Cūn Jǐngzhōu Lèyuán 台湾民俗村景州乐园) Can arrange outdoor group activities. Address: Huángcuò, Island Ring Road. 黄厝环岛路 The boys like the wood and rope obstacle courses (a maze of swinging bridges, nets, balancing bars, deng deng). We also enjoyed the wild animal shows, and Taiwan folk dance performances. Tel: 2568888 Buses: 29, 47, 503, 806, 812

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Xiamen Underwater World Aquarium Gulangyu ( Xiàmén Hǎidǐ Shìjiè  厦门海底世界) Built in 1998 at a cost of over 10 million USD, it is one of China’s best aquariums. 7500m2 of displays have over 10,000 creatures of 350 species. See sharks up close as you walk through the plexiglass tunnel. And the seal and dolphin shows give one a real sense of porpoise Exit the Gǔlàngyǔ ferry and it’s the blue-roofed complex just to the right, behind the gigantic octopus sculpture. Tel: 2067668

Xiamen Happy Valley Water Park (Xiàměn Kuàilè Gǔ Shuǐshàng Lèyuán 厦门快乐谷水上乐园 Xiamen Water Park has enough water slides and pools to keep you busy for hours on a hot summer afternoon. It’s located in Huli, just down the road from the big double tunnel.
Add: Xiàmén, Húlǐ District, Huáróng Lù Húlǐ Park East Entrance. 厦门湖里区华荣路湖里公园东大门 Tel: 5639975 Bus: #97, exit at Húlǐ Park (湖里公园站)

Swimming Pools (Yóuyǒng Chí 游泳池) -- Holiday Inn and Marco Polo have nice pools but a less expensive route is to buy a 30 visit pass, for only 300 RMB, at the Húlǐ Sports Center (湖里体育馆). It’s near the corner of Hǎitiān Lù d. and Huli Park, behind the theater. Tel: 6025886.

The People’s Pool (Rénmín Yóuyǒngchí 人民游泳池)
Add: #97 Wényuán Lù 文园路97号Tel: 2020013
Add: Opposite Xiàmén City Hotel 厦门宾馆对面

Yàtèlándà Water Recreation Yàtèlándà Huóshuǐguǎn 亚特兰大活水馆
Address: #89 Húbīn Zhōng Lù, near Dìháo Bldg. 湖滨中路89号, 帝豪大厦 附近 Tel: 2223930 ext 816 FAX: 2213135
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Hot Springs (Wēnquán 温泉)

Ancient Sun Moon Valley (Riyuegu) Hot Springs (Rìyuègǔ Wēnquán Dùjiàcūn 日月谷温泉渡假村) Add: Hǎicāng District, Dōngfúzhèn Tāng’àn 海沧区东孚镇汤岸 Tel:6312222 Tel: 6312345 Bus: 804
I was reading an airline magazine on a flight across the Pacific when I learned that one of Asia’s top ten hot springs resorts is Riyuegu (Sun Moon Valley), in Xìnglín District (兴林区), just 20 minutes outside of Xiàmén! They have 72 open-air pools and thirty-five specialty hot springs (milk bath, beer bath, rose bath? You name it, they’ll soak you in it!).

Virtually every hot springs in China is said to have beneficial ailments that will cure your ills, and this place is no exception. They say the waters which bubble forth at 82oC posses traces of potassium, sodium, calcium, manganese, bromine, magnesium, etc. Frequent soaking in Sun Moon Valley will relieve your arteriosclerosis, gynecological disorders, high cholesterol, diabetes, skin diseases, insomnia, arthritis, and digestive ailments—plus encourage blood circulation and cell regeneration! Ponce De Leon was on the wrong continent! But Sun Moon Valley’s claims date back long before Leon’s birth.

Stories of Sun Moon Valley supposedly date back over 1000 years. And about 500 years ago, a high ranking Míng Dynasty official, Mr. Dīng Yìzhōng (丁一中), who enjoyed trekking through the mountains, heard of the springs’ curative properties and promptly immersed himself. It is said he experienced such bliss that he wrote some verses about it, in which he noted the springs were found neither in the city or the mountains but on simple agricultural land, next to a road, so common folk could enjoy a bath without having to waste fire wood—a gift from heaven to the common folk.

The stone plaque with the inscription was discovered in the 1980s by Mr. Bǎi Yùshèng (白玉盛) a returned Indonesian Chinese who taught at Hǎicāng Dōngfú Elementary School (海沧区东孚小学) The plaque identified the springs as being at the site of Sun Moon Valley.

Whether the medicinal claims are true or not, it is a delightful place to spend a day or a weekend.

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