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2019 Taiwan Day 1: From Singapore → Xiamen → Kinmen

Updated: Sep 13, 2020



Date: 14th November 2019, Thursday


The start of a journey was always tiring, not from the trip itself but having to wake up early to catch the morning flight. And also because I had a light fever this morning. It was not a good thing to be having a higher temperature on the day when I needed to pass through four customs checks to get to Kinmen Island in the Taiwan Strait. Luckily, I was prepared and took two paracetamol tablets to suppress the fever before leaving my house.


Dawn was just breaking when I reached Changi International Airport. Checking in was speedy, took less than 10 minutes and I was through immigrations. By 7:30am, I was already sipping coffee at one of the cafes.



Boarding started at 8:10am. XiamenAir Flight MF874 departed at 8:55am and touched down at Xiamen's Gaoqi International Airport (厦门高崎国际机场) Terminal 3 at around 1pm. It was a good thing to have lunch onboard the flight and I could head straight to the ferry terminal for Kinmen Island without losing time to settle lunch.


By the time I cleared the airport’s immigration checks and walked to Gate 7 of Terminal 3 for the shuttle bus to Wutong Passenger Wharf, it was already 1:40pm. The staff at the Airport Shuttle Bus Ticketing Counter, located across the road from Gate 7, was helpful to inform me that the next shuttle bus to the ferry terminal (Line 5) would be at 2:37pm. An earlier bus had just departed at 1:30pm. She advised me to take a cab there instead of waiting one hour for the next bus. It would take about 15 minutes to the ferry terminal either by shuttle bus or cab. So