My visit to the 5thXiamen Cyber Sousa Animation Festival in Xiamen, China was in marked contrast to my visit to Changchun, China six weeks before. Changchun is located in the far North East of China near to the South Korean and Mongolian borders and although the weather had not turned cold yet the heavy coats and boots in the department stores foretold what was to come soon.
Xiamen is situated on the South-eastern coast of China on the Taiwan Strait which gives it a beautiful tropical climate with lush flowers and foliage. The most marked difference between the two events was the much more relaxed pace of the Xiamen festival. Although there was an array of events, there were very few that we were required to attend, so I could choose what was most interesting to me.