Harbor statue with a bit of history
Perched on a rock overlooking the entrance of Xiamen harbor is a huge statue of General Zheng Chengong. It is NOT of Admiral Zhenghe who led the Ming naval in faraway sea expeditions.
Xiamen became one of the last strongholds of the Ming dynasty in the 17th century when the Manchu Qing Dynasty took over the Beijing capital. Loyalist Ming General Zheng Chengong even launched an expedition against the Dutch who were occupying the island of Formosa (Taiwan). This statue on Hulanyu Island at the harbor is to honor General Zheng.
Shuzhuang Garden - Gulangyu island
This garden is divided into two part: "Canghai" that facing the sea, and "Bushan" that against the hill. In the garden there is Piano Museum for China and world's first class treasure pianos.
The garden also possesses another characteristic - the combining of movements. Its unique arrangement joins a rockwork that includes a maze of connected caves with fine pavilions on the side of the slope. Lovely children chasing and gamboling among the caves represent movement and activity, while people resting in the pavilions give a feeling of tranquility and harmonious contemplation.
Beside the Piano Museum, there is one pavilion that open as a small chinese culture museum.
Entrance fee 30 yuan. Ticket is a post card.
Island of Xiamen
Xiamen is a famous scenic port city located on the southeastern coast of China. There are beautiful scenery, agreeable climate and fragrant flowers all year round. It lies at the mouth of Jinmen Bay and Jiulong River in the southeast of Fujian province, being close to Zhangzhou in the west and to Quanzhou in the north. It is separated from Taiwan Island and Penghu Isles by the Taiwan Strait. Xiamen is the second biggest city in Fujian province granted the Special Economic Zone in China. Xiamen has also been rewarded the title "the Cleanest City of China". It is also known as the hometown of overseas Chinese and Taiwanese compatriots as well as a major port.
The first that struck my mind after I left Xiamen airport was, it's a nice, easygoing & laidback place, reminds of my hometown Penang. Grandpa & I flew to Xiamen, stayed there for 2 days before adjourning to Lung Yan, my grandpa's hometown. In Xiamen, we stayed at my distant cousin's place & I was ecstatic to meet up with my uni coursemate Anna, whom I've not seen for 4 years. Before leaving for this trip, I wasn't looking forward to it.. but I changed my mind, I really enjoyed my stay at Xiamen and it left me with good memories.
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