These are some of the pedestrian bridges in Xiamen beach that I walked through after the Music Square. It was still a 40 minute walk until I reached Haiyun Terrance from the Music Square. It was a wonderful walk with sea breeze and the smell of the ocean.
After 7KM's beach walk, I took a local bus 29 at Haiyu Terrace (海韵台） to downtown Xiamen. It was around 6pm.
Walking along the beach, I discovered the Music Square in Xiamen. The music Square was the venue to host the 4th World Choir Games on 10 July 2006. Hu Jintao, the Prime Minister of China, welcomed the choir member from around the world gather here in Xiamen, singing for peace, development, cooperation and extolling solidarity, friendship and harmony. He said the Chinese people would like to work together with the people of all nations, contributing to the realization of a harmonious world with everlasting peace and common prosperity.
This Square is commonly used by locals and tourists as a place to cycle by the beach.
NEXT: PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES & BEACH
In Chinese: 音乐广场， yin yue guang chang.
Along the Xiamen beach, you will find corridors that are facing the ocean. Many of them are nicely built with wood. It is a perfect place to rest and enjoy the nature sound of the ocean. In addition, modern art sculptures are exhibited around the beaches. They make you more welcoming with entertaining.
NEXT: MUSIC SQUARE AND BEACH
I was surprising to see Xiamen has a Water Sport Center, where you can find all sorts of water sports equipment in this center. One of the famous sport is Kite Surfing. Due to its clear waters, long and wide sandy beaches as well as its stable winds, this place is the hotspot of kite surfers from all over China and abroad. It has hosted various kite surfing competition on this beach in the past.
NEXT: BEACH CORRIDOR & ARTS
In Chinese: 水上运动中心，shui shang yun dong zhong xin
After walking 800m along the beach from Kingsoak Cellar, I reached Jiali Seafood Restaurant & Resort. There is nothing fancy about this restaurant or the resort, but it has a nicely built bridge that allow people to fish and enjoy the ocean views. This is one part that I enjoyed the most during the entire beach walk.
The bridge links to the other side of the beach that allow me to continue walking along the beach.
NEXT: XIAMEN WATER SPORTS CENTER
Walking along the beach, I saw the Kingsoak Cellar, a wooded architectural building. The local is living a luxury lifestyle having the cellar that stores wines from all over the world. The dinning hall is facing the ocean and serving western food like pasta, steaks, and etc.
If you want a romantic evening dinner with your love one, this could be a perfect place in Xiamen.
Check out he website to know more.
NEXT: JIALI SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & BRIDGE
After a long walk on the Pearl Beach, I passed by the Xiamen Calligraphy Square. It is a beautiful square with curves calligraphy stones. I did not read those calligraphy because the wording is too small to read. Locals enjoy doing varieties of activities here including practicing calligraphy, playing Chinese chase games, cycling, and etc.
There are many movable street vendors selling street foods and drinks here.
NEXT: KINGSOAK CELLAR
In Chinese: 夏门书法广场， xia men shu fa guang chang.
The beach at Xiamen coast is also famous being chosen as the location to take wedding photos. I had the opportunities to see many young marriage couples to take photos along the beach. One young lady is wearing the mermaid costume and being held by her partner during winter afternoon. Other brides and grooms had worn western wedding dress to use the beach and the ocean as the photo background.
NEXT: XIAMEN CALLIGRAPHY SQUARE
After circle around Pearl Bay, I saw bungalows line up along the sandy beach. The beach is equipped with lifeguard towers, and varieties of beach activities like boat paddling, kiting and etc can be found here. This could be one of the most leisurely and luxury lifestyles found in Xiamen. The locals could walk their dogs along the beach. And It is quite common for the locals to visit this beach.
NEXT: BEACH & WEDDING MEMORY
In Chinese: 珍珠沙滩，zhen zhu sha tan
After passing by Hulishan Fort, I saw a seafood wet market and restaurants serving fresh local seafoods. I did not stop by very long as I was curious the walk path ahead of me. I walked circled around a hill and really enjoyed the ocean sound. The views of the ocean and sandy beaches were fantastic. The experience is common to be found at the beach walks in Melbourne or California, but not in China. So, the beach walk in Xiamen is something unique in China.
Pearl Bay is a neighborhood with bungalow houses facing the ocean.
NEXT: PERAL BEACH
In Chinese: 珍珠湾， zhen zhu wan.
From Xiada Baicheng, the beach link to a wooded pedestrian and bicycle path along the beach around Hulisan Fort. I did not visit Hulisan Fort because it was crowded with tourists and I preferred spending more time walking around the beach. It was a great winter afternoon, comfortable temperature, and no rain.
You could rent a bicycle on the beach and cycle along the beach. I did not rent a bicycle cause I enjoyed the freedom to walk without worrying to return the bicycle at a specific time.
They have done a good job to make ways along the beach by building bridges, wooded paths, solid surface, and benches facing the beach.
NEXT: PEARL BAY
Xiada Beicheng means the Xiamen University's white sandy beach. From the Southeast University Entrance, I saw a white arch bridge that allowed me to walk to the other side of the road, where the sandy beach is. On the bridge, I was able to see the beach side highway, Huandao Nan Lu (Island Ring Road) . A nicely built highway allows cars to drive along the beach, like Hwy 1 in the U.S.
At Xiada Baicheng, I was enjoying the views of the ocean. Tourists and families were spending time hanging around the beach. I discovered that I could continue walking toward the east to experience different parts of the beaches. So, my beach walk started here.
NEXT: AROUND HULISAN FORT
In Chinese: 夏大白城， xia da bai cheng.
It comes to my surprise that the pedestrian shopping streets in Xiamen is light up so beautifully in the evening. It could be due to Chirstmas holiday season, but this is China no celebration of Christmas. Things have changed compared to my first Xiamen experience in 2004. If I was not wrong, these buildings here were still very run-down, and there were few department stores including a friendship store selling grocery and clothing for the locals. People were staying upstairs of the buildings, wearing pyjamas talking with their neighbor. It is completely changed to another Nanjing Road of Shanghai. Branded stores are lined up along the street, Walkmark Hypermarket from the U.S, fancy restaurants and the Zhung Hua Square Mall. The standard of living is much higher comparing 2004.
This could be the best place to spend your evening in Xiamen downtown, and walking distant to the Lundu Terminal, a ferry port to Gulangyu.
In Chinese: 中山路 &思明南路， zhong shan Lu & Si Ming Nan Lu
It was my second time visiting the University. Back in 2004, I did not notice tourists visiting the University. Unfortunately, nowaday this University becomes one of the famous tourist attractions not only foreign tourists but domestic tourists that come with giant tour buses. One of the reasons being the University is next to South Putuo Temple, which makes it easy for tourists to have a short walk to the University from the Temple. This is the only University that I have visited in China. I would say the University has beautiful campus with a lake and nearby the beautiful seaside, plus a large number of international student crowds make it unique comparing to other campuses in China.
The university was established by a wealthy Oversea Chinese from Malaysia, Tan Kah Kee, in 1921. Currently, it ranks 11 or top 20 among the Chinese University, and ranks around 260 or top 500 of the World University. Recently, it announced that it will open its oversea branch campus in Kuala Lumpur, near the LCCT Airport, in 2015.
From South Putuo Temple, I walked to the campus and enjoyed the scenery and felt the college lifestyle in China. I exited the campus thru the Southeast entrance to Xiada Baicheng, a sandy beach outside the campus.
South Putuo Temple is one of the most popular attractions for both local and foreign tourists in Xiamen. The temple was built during the Tang Dynasty. It is a huge compound with temples, halls, Pavilions, Monument Pagodas, rock carvings, and stupas built under and along Wulao Peak, including:
1) The Hall of Heavenly King
2) The Mahavira Hall
3) The Mahakaruna Hall
4) Dharma Hall & The Sutra Pavilion.
5) Perfect Enlightenment Monument Pagoda.
6) Buddhist Rock Carvings.
7) Eternal Dharma-Nature.
8) The Stupas of Master Zhuanfeng.
It comes with walking paths that you can go up hill to see the scenic views of Xiamen University and the Ocean. Don't miss the views... It was just great!
In Chinese: 南普陀寺， nan pu tuo si