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Travel around Xiamen

 2018-04-02    Ying C    Sights    Xiamen    562  

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Xiamen is a beautiful coastal city in the  Fujian province on China’s eastern coastline. The city is known for its pleasant  weather, Hokkien culture and European city architecture. There is a unique mix  of Chinese and western style influences due to Xiamen’s history with  international trade as a Treaty Port and currently a Special Economic Zone.


Reputed to be China’s “most suitable city for  living”, Xiamen has emerged as one of modern China’s hot destinations. Though  weekends will probably be crowded with domestic tourists, Xiamen still isn’t as  packed as cosmopolitan cities like Beijing and Shanghai, which makes it an  ideal destination for a quick relaxing getaway.


Nanputuo Temple

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Nanputuo (South Putuo) is the most famous  Buddhist temple in Xiamen. Founded in the Tang Dynasty, it is essentially a  rather huge temple complex with four main buildings, halls and pavilions. You  can step inside to admire the Buddhist relics, including a Burmese jade Buddha  carving. Located on the southeast of Xiamen Island, the temple is surrounded by  the beautiful sea and mountain range. Climb to the top of the hill and you will  have a panoramic view of the whole city.


Xiamen University

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From Nanputuo Temple you can walk down to  Xiamen University which is actually a very popular tourist attraction. The  university has a great campus ground for strolling. Apart from the lovely  gardens and exhibitions detailing the history of the university, the campus  even has the best views of Xiamen’s beach! Check out the Furong Tunnel which is  an old railway tunnel full of graffiti-type art! The doodles on the walls are  mostly done by Xiamen University students and a few from foreign countries. You  will find the energy and vibes while you walk through it. Have your camera  ready to capture some of the unique shots of the awesome street art!


Xiamen Botanical Garden

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Built in 1960, Xiamen Botanical Garden  contains more than 6,600 kinds of tropical and ornamental plants and comprises  more than 12 special smaller gardens. It’s more than just a botanical garden.  It includes monuments, sculptures, temples and architectural heritage. Wonderful  place to spend a couple of hours where you can enjoy beautiful landscape and  lots of greenery.


Gulangyu

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Gulangyu is definitely the impressive  highlight when you travel to Xiamen. Gulangyu is a car-free island just 10-minute  cruise from the coast of Xiamen. This tiny island is renowned for its colonial architecture  due to its history of being a treaty port. Combined with lush gardens and  beaches, and hip boutique cafes and hotels, wandering about Gulangyu feels a  little like you’re in Mediterranean. Climb up the Sunlight Rock and you will get  the best view of the island; visit the seaside Shuzhuang Gardens which is an  exquisitely designed garden with over 40 bridges; see the historical  instruments at the famous Piano Museum that is also located here.


The UNESCO World Heritage site is crowded  every day and is especially so on the weekend. You are recommended to stay  overnight to enjoy the quiet moment on the island when most of the crowd starts  heading back in the evening.

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