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Chinese Island Culture and Gardens

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A February 2006 trip to Xiamen by nmagann

Haoyue (Bright Moon) Park Photo, Xiamen, China More Photos
Quote: Multi architectural buildings, Chinese culture, large gardens, and beaches are just some of the things on Gulangyu, a minute ferry ride from Xiamen.

Chinese Island Culture and Gardens

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One of many stairs with a street name Photo, Xiamen, China
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It was well worth getting up early during low tide to do some walking. The lighthouse and other formations were now accessible and provided an opportunity to take pictures of the mountains and statues. Locals had come out for low tide even earlier than us, collecting the day’s catch of clams and shells for the markets and souvenir shops. Old crab nets were also visible.The panoramic views from Sunlight Rock enabled you see rooftop architecture and mini gardens as well as the skyline of both Xiamen and Jimei Islands. I also found it to be a good way to figure out where the buildings of interest were so that we could meander in the general direction and find them. The evening offered illumin...Read More

Xiamen Gulangyu International Youth Hostel

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Hotel | "Gulangyu Int’l Youth Hostel"

Xiamen Gulangyu International Youth Hostel Photo, Xiamen, China
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The proximity to the ferry dock is a big plus for the Youth Hostel. The hotels more readily found on websites, and in turn, more expensive are located on the other side of the island. Considering the winding streets, several streets with the same name, and the lack of vehicles to carry you and your luggage, I was glad to be staying where we were. The most expensive places on the island have there own ferry dock, but I doubt they run as frequently as every 15 minutes, like the public ferry. Although the name may imply dorm accommodations, we had a double room, without bathroom. Showers were available on both floors with the lower bathrooms having squat toilets, and the upper having wester...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2006

Xiamen Gulangyu International Youth Hostel
No.18 Luqiao Road
Gulangyu Island, Xiamen, China 361000

Haoyue (Bright Moon) Park

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Attraction

Haoyue (Bright Moon) Park Photo, Xiamen, China
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Bright Moon Park, also known as Haoyue Park, includes not only the famous statue, but also areas of the beach that are not accessible without paying the entry fee of 15Y. It is open from 8am to 6pm, and takes about 2 hours to cover.In honor of Zheng Chenggong, a granite stone sculpture of him stands looking over the sea. Constructed in 1985, it weighs 1400 tons, and stands nearly 53 feet high. It was designed to withstand a scale 12 typhoon and earthquakes registering 8 on the Richter scale. It is the largest stone sculpture of a historical figure in China. Standing on the platform, you can see the zigzag walk to the Emperor’s Palace and the small lighthouse just beyond it. Zheng ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 21, 2006

Haoyue (Bright Moon) Park
Tianwei Road
Xiamen, China 361001
+86 (0)592 205 4022

Sunlight Rock

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Attraction

Sunlight Rock Photo, Xiamen, China
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Sunlight Park is a large park encompassing two areas connected by a cable car. The hours are 8:30am-5pm, and it is located on Tianwei Road. The 60Y entrance fee includes the cable car ride once in each direction. You are permitted to exit the park once and enter it at the other side if you don’t care for heights. At the top is the imposing granite Sunlight Peak rising up to 304 feet in height, with a diameter of 132 feet. The shape is said to resemble the sun, and at sunrise, Sunlight Temple and the rock radiate. Narrow stairways wind around and between huge boulders before ending at the summit. The last set of stairs, before reaching the small platform, has guards acting as traffic offic...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2006

Sunlight Rock
Tianwei Road
Xiamen, China 361001
+86 (0)592 205 4022

Shuzhuang Garden

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Attraction

Shuzhuang Garden Photo, Xiamen, China
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Shuzhuang Garden, originally a Taiwan businessman’s private villa, became a garden park open to the public in 1955. The park is divided into the Garden hiding the Sea and the Garden of Making-Up Hills. Feng Shu principals are used to incorporate man-made structures to work with nature, and maintain a correct balance of yin and yang energy. It was designed with three specific gardening requirements. Hence, man-made items add to what nature has already created in lieu of creating something completely out of place for its surroundings.1.The art of hiding is accomplished by the fact that the ocean is hidden from view until you are nearly at the edge.2.The art of combining movements is the posi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 22, 2006

Shuzhuang Garden
Tian Wei Road
Xiamen, China 361001
+86 (0)592 227 4888

Wanshi (Ten Thousand Stone) Botanical Garden

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Attraction | "Xiamen Botanical Gardens"

Wanshi (Ten Thousand Stone) Botanical Garden Photo, Xiamen, China
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Xiamen Botanical Gardens, also known as Wanshi and 10,000 Stones Garden, covers some 227 hectares. The gardens contain more than 4000 species of tropical and subtropical plants, spread among more than 20 nurseries. A map provided at the entrance indicates the main roads and paths within the park. Some of the popular sightseeing areas include: Conifer Forest, Epiphytes forest, Bamboo forest, Tropical forest, Stone forest, Cactus Garden, Herb Garden, Rose Garden, and an Orchid Garden.I was amazed to walk into a forest so dense in palms and ferns, cross a bridge, and suddenly be surrounded by evergreens. The forests are so thick you don’t realize what is next to it until you are in the middle of ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 22, 2006

Wanshi (Ten Thousand Stone) Botanical Garden
Huyuan Road
Xiamen, China 361003
+86 (0)592 205 4022

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