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A journey Through China

An April 2005 trip to China by cytiev

Xiamen Photo, China, Asia More Photos
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.

Gulangyu Island

Attraction | "My Trip to Gulangyu Island, Xiamen"

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After a sumptuous Chinese seafood lunch at a restaurant with a view of the river, our Chinese host dropped us to the ferry terminal going to Gulangyu Island. We took a 10-minute ferry ride across the Lujian Straits toward the southeast of Xiamen to reach the island. The ferry leaves Xiamen every 15 minutes and is free on the lower deck, where you can stand, and about 1RNB for seats in the upper deck. Gulangyu's roads are short, with many twists and turns criss-crossing the islet. Vehicles are forbidden on this tiny island to preserve the environment. Despite its small size, its narrow cobblestone streets are crammed with colonial-style buildings fronted by large terraced patios, lending it an almost ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 16, 2005

Gulangyu Island

Gulangyu, China

Gulangyu Island

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Attraction | "Gulangyu Island Attractions"

Gulangyu Island Photo, Gulangyu, China
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Sunlight Rock If this attraction were located anywhere else in Xiamen besides Gulangyu Island, it would be hailed as "must-see." However, because of the island's non-stop eye lures, it tends to be forgotten. Nevertheless, it warrants attention, especially for its panoramic gasps. The rock extends 300 feet high offering visitors views of Xiamen, the South China Sea, and Taiwan's Jinmen Island Piano Garden 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. M...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 16, 2005

Gulangyu Island

Gulangyu, China

Stopover in Xiamen

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Xiamen Photo, China, Asia
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Arriving from Manila through China Southern Airlines, my cousins and I were just in time for lunch. As soon as we arrive at the Gaoqi Inetrnational Airport, we were driven by our host to view this newly industrialised city through the windows of his van towards the island where our wonderful restaurant was located. Travelling in China requires at least a minimal knowledge of Mandarin, but luckily my cousin's husband is Chinese and did all the translating from English to Chinese for us. I had a different perception of what Xiamen would be like, but lo and behold I was simply awed by modernity and cleanliness of the city.