Hongshan Park

Hongshan Park, Xiamen: Address, Phone Number, Hongshan Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Hongshan Park
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SOH KIEN PENG
By SOH KIEN PENG
Hidden Gem: Panoramic view and leisurely relax
Oct 2018
I stayed at a hostel near Xiamen North bus station. There is a direct bus 943 or 952 that ran directly to Zhongshan shopping area. My first day target at Xiamen was to visit Nanputuo Temple and Xiamen University. After alighting at the busy commercial area, I headed towards Nanputuo Temple but along the way, I happened to bump into this Hongshan Temple. It was not in my list of attractions and it did not appear spectacular or unique from her external facade. Nevertheless, I decided to drop in to have a look. A group of devotees was at the main hall of the temple performing prayers and chanting. The temple was not significant in any way except for the three big Buddha sculptures in the hall. Silently at one corner, I prayed for a peaceful and smooth journey. While on my way out of the temple, I saw a narrow lane leading to the park from the rear of the temple. Out of curiosity, I climbed up the lane and it directed me all the way to the Hongshan Park. As I climbed my way up, a scenic panoramic view of Xiamen uncovered before me. The higher I went, the more scenic the panoramic view. Then, the path crossed to the right of the hill and lead me higher to a leisure restaurant where residents came here to have their morning tea and chit chat session after their exercises. Further to the left, I came to a temple that house the deity of the Kwan Gong God (the God of Justice). From this platform outside the temple, I could see the panoramic view of Xiamen harbor and Gulangyu. It was like standing at Mount Faber in Singapore enjoying the view of the harbor and overlooking the island of Sentosa. This is a hidden gem. I am sure very few tourists know about this place to enjoy a panoramic view of both Gulangyu Island and Xiamen. Most tourists would head towards the hill behind Nanputuo Temple to enjoy a panoramic view of Xiamen. Yes, but it is the panoramic view overlooking Xiamen University not Gulangyu Island. I believe only at Hongshan Park, one can really enjoy a good panoramic view of Gulangyu island from the spot outside the temple of the God of Justice. And there is no crowd. I was the only foreign tourist at that morning at Hongshan Temple. It took me only about an hour to climb up to the park and return to the temple. Do explore this park. It is free after all.

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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore6,315 contributions
Hidden Gem: Panoramic view and leisurely relax
Oct 2018 • Solo
I stayed at a hostel near Xiamen North bus station. There is a direct bus 943 or 952 that ran directly to Zhongshan shopping area. My first day target at Xiamen was to visit Nanputuo Temple and Xiamen University.

After alighting at the busy commercial area, I headed towards Nanputuo Temple but along the way, I happened to bump into this Hongshan Temple. It was not in my list of attractions and it did not appear spectacular or unique from her external facade.

Nevertheless, I decided to drop in to have a look. A group of devotees was at the main hall of the temple performing prayers and chanting. The temple was not significant in any way except for the three big Buddha sculptures in the hall. Silently at one corner, I prayed for a peaceful and smooth journey.

While on my way out of the temple, I saw a narrow lane leading to the park from the rear of the temple. Out of curiosity, I climbed up the lane and it directed me all the way to the Hongshan Park.

As I climbed my way up, a scenic panoramic view of Xiamen uncovered before me. The higher I went, the more scenic the panoramic view. Then, the path crossed to the right of the hill and lead me higher to a leisure restaurant where residents came here to have their morning tea and chit chat session after their exercises.

Further to the left, I came to a temple that house the deity of the Kwan Gong God (the God of Justice). From this platform outside the temple, I could see the panoramic view of Xiamen harbor and Gulangyu. It was like standing at Mount Faber in Singapore enjoying the view of the harbor and overlooking the island of Sentosa.

This is a hidden gem. I am sure very few tourists know about this place to enjoy a panoramic view of both Gulangyu Island and Xiamen. Most tourists would head towards the hill behind Nanputuo Temple to enjoy a panoramic view of Xiamen.

Yes, but it is the panoramic view overlooking Xiamen University not Gulangyu Island. I believe only at Hongshan Park, one can really enjoy a good panoramic view of Gulangyu island from the spot outside the temple of the God of Justice. And there is no crowd. I was the only foreign tourist at that morning at Hongshan Temple. It took me only about an hour to climb up to the park and return to the temple.

Do explore this park. It is free after all.
Written December 22, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

benjambment
Denton, TX62 contributions
A great temple that flies under the radar.
Dec 2017 • Couples
There's a temple here, but you wouldn't know it by searching TripAdvisor. We spent all our time in and around the temple and didn't really hit the park much, but since there aren't separate entries for park and temple, I have to combine them here.

The stairs are interestingly labyrinthine here and lead to some interesting rooms and views of Xiamen. A few monks were holding a ceremony when we arrived, so unlike a lot of other Chinese temples, it's inhabited. There's life here and it's free of charge, so I have to highly recommend it. While much smaller than Nanputou, it's at least as interesting, and far less-populated. There were a few places where it was obvious parts of the old temple were demolished during the revolution, which were sad and interesting in and of themselves.

One thing I wasn't a fan of was the Chinese flag flying over the temple grounds. It was like adding insult to injury, but I guess we're dealing with China.

If you're interested in living ancient temples, check out Taiwan.
Written January 2, 2018
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IanCanberra
Canberra309 contributions
What a surprise
Dec 2016 • Solo
An easy stroll from the harbour front hotels such as Swiss international or indigo. The temple and hilltop park is hidden in the residential area. Peaceful uphill walk with great city and sea vista. No tourist there and let's hope it remains this way. There is no admission fee either just walk your way up.
Written December 27, 2016
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NeoAxion
Detroit, MI360 contributions
Beautiful Gem in the City
May 2014 • Solo
Wow, I am surprised how few people commented on this park. It is definitely worth a visit and not very far away (maybe less than an hour hike up to the top). You get an amazing view of the city and it's eerily peaceful despite being so close to the city.
Written April 10, 2015
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