Xiamen is planted smack in the mouth of the Nine Dragon River,so in ancient times it was called "lower gate to the sea".People call it Amoy here.So Amoy=Xiamen.And I like Amoy more than Xiamen.Actually,Amoy is just an island of about 130sq.km.floating a mile or so off Fujian's serpentine coastline,directly across from Taiwan.So great that Amoy is my home town.I like people,food,music,climate and everything here.Come and feel it!
"Gulang Island,Piano Island"
A mere 500 meters as the fly flies across the harbor from downtown Amoy lies the famous 1.77square kilometer island of Gulang.
It won't take you long to understand why a lot of people from different place chose this tiny island for their International Settlement.And even todayGulang Island possesses one asset almost unheard of elsewhere in China:Quiet!Vehicles and bicycles are forbidden on the timy island.This tiny community of 20000 has more pianos per capita than anywhere else on the planet-hence Gulang Island's nickname"Piano Isle".
I love Amoy snack.There are a lot of snacks in this city:shacha noodle,tusun jelly(a kind of gribble,maybe),noodles with prawn,scallion box,taro cake,zongzis,octopus,peanut soup,fish ball soup...
Amoy people has especial sensation with snacks.There are some snack shops with long history in Amoy.you can hear hte Amoy dialect in these shops.If you want to taste the local repast culture,just come here.