An April 2005 trip
to China by cytiev
Quote: My journey through China's city's Xiamen and Dalian opened my eyes on how China is fast becoming an industrial destination as well as a cultural one. Immersion in Chinese culture has been a great experience.
Attraction | "My Trip to Gulangyu Island, Xiamen"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 16, 2005
Attraction | "Gulangyu Island Attractions"
Nestled directly across from Sunlight Rock, this small museum pays nod to Gulangyu Island's long love affair with the piano. Despite the island's diminutive size, it ranks number one in China for piano ownership per person and is the hometown of famous Chinese pianist Xu Feiping. More than 40 old pianos from different periods and different nations fill the museum. The entire complex maintains a musical theme with such names as Melody Square, Lingering Sound Gate and Harmonious Music Building.
A huge granite statue pays tribute to Zheng Chenggong, Xiamen's favorite historical figure. This memorial immortalizes the life of Zheng Chenggong whose life has taken on a mythical status. Some label him as a brutish pirate who waged war on the popular Qing dynasty, while others praise him as a local hero for expelling the Dutch from Taiwan in 1662. Regardless of what he was or what he did, this hall champions his military exploits. Historical relics are many and include swords, stone inscriptions, a bronze cannon, and even a jade belt worn by Chenggong.