Nature & parks in Xiamen

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Nature & Parks in Xiamen

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  • GaleMcLardie
    Melbourne, Australia92 contributions
    During Covid times, it is really difficult as a foreigner to get onto the island, but well worth the trouble! Have to travel there via the International Cruise Terminal, which has ferries every hour, which take about a half hour to get there. The wonderful winding streets with the beautiful (but crumbling) turn-of-the-19th-century buildings, fabulous gardens and no vehicular traffic are a deight! Walking around the far side of the island gives you another impression entirely, with wide beaches and a more tropical feel. Not much in the way of nice restaurants unfortunately, but there are some great coffee shops and the street food is fun. Definitely worth a full day's excusion or ideally, an overnight.
    Written February 10, 2022
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  • Bianca H
    Shanghai, China5 contributions
    Very nice park, quite huge. Awesome few and not really crowded at this time. Wi come back. Nice place.
    Written December 20, 2020
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  • KodoDrummer
    Yekaterinburg, Russia64,095 contributions
    Beautiful city and water views from this Xiamen coastal road. There are many things to see and do along the route, including jogging and cycling tracks (bike rentals available), museums to visit, enjoy some of the architecture, dine at one of the many restaurants, enjoy drinks at the cafes, and more.
    Written October 5, 2020
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  • Julie
    1 contribution
    Amazing experience. Never thought such a gem can exist in China! tropical, clean, relaxing, beautiful. Simply perfect!
    Written November 16, 2019
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  • James O
    Las Vegas, NV174 contributions
    This place is an awesome place to get away from the rat race to exercise, do some tai chi or just kick back. Also there are lots of special events that happen here. Come out in the evenings and enjoy the "dancing fountain" that's synced to music.
    Written August 7, 2019
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  • Marcin W
    Sosnowiec, Poland78 contributions
    This garden is just at the exit from piano museum at Gulangyou. I suggest to see it. It is a composition of some paths walking down to small pond with colorful fish. This walk is just a few minutes so all exiting from museum should take it.
    Written December 26, 2019
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  • SOH KIEN PENG
    Singapore, Singapore6,369 contributions
    Riguang Mountain (日光岩) is not very high even lower than our Bukit Timah Hill in Singapore. It takes about 20 to 40 mins to reach the summit. But it is a must visit top attraction in Gulangyu island for 2 simple reasons: the beautiful sunset and the panoramic scenery of the island.

    It is not free and I made a mistake not purchasing the combo ticket of RMB 100 and paid RMB 50 for just a single admission to this attraction. The single ticket also gives access to Qinyuan (琴园) but that is all and not to other sites of attractions.

    On the other hand, the combo ticket allows access to 4 other must see attractions on Gulangyu:

    (a) Shuzhuang Garden( including Piano Museum)-淑庄花园
    (b) Hoayue Garden (Zheng Chenggong Statue)-皓月园
    (c) Gulangyu Organ Museum(the Eight Diagrams Tower)-风琴博物馆
    (d) International Engraving Museum-国际刻字馆

    Thus, it would be financially prudent to buy the combo ticket.

    I came to Xiamen on the very first day of China's Golden Week on their national day. You can imagine the crowd at the summit of this mountain. Everyone was squeezing their way up the narrow staircase while the departing visitors are taking the same staircase down. With the jostling of the crowd, it is very risky to take out your hand phone near the railing because a little push from someone in the crowd may result in your hand phone slipped out of your grip and fell into the bottom of the valley below.

    I saw a couple sit so near to the edge of the hilltop and the girl's hand phone accidentally slipped out of her grip and dropped to the edge of the boulder. She saw her hand phone resting on the edge of the mountain but she just could not climb over the railing to retrieve her hand phone. She stood there staring helplessly at her hand phone and crying while her boyfriend was trying to contact the security to help to retrieve the hand phone. I am not sure how the security can retrieve her hand phone as the one attempting the act may just slip down the steep slope of the hill and get killed. So, be careful when you are using your hand phone to take photos of the sunset or the panoramic view of the island.

    It is rather windy up at the summit. Majority of the crowd went up during dusk solely to see the sunset. The sunset is beautiful and the panoramic view magnificent. It is worth the climb but the squeeze with the crowd is terrifying.
    Written January 16, 2019
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  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada1,661 contributions
    There is a nice seaside walk and it is very green here. There are nice open spaces and wide walking paths. We enjoyed a quick sunset visit here. Closest metro station is Jianye Road but it is quite a walk from there.
    Written July 6, 2021
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  • cricketfanBB
    Auckland226 contributions
    This is a great garden. Little lakes, lots of tress, buzzing with people and families but still peaceful great place to go for a walk away from the city streets
    Written September 19, 2019
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  • JKWD
    Hong Kong, China442 contributions
    The wetland park is a new attraction which is a bit hard to find but one there, you will enjoy the design and the scenery there.
    Written February 14, 2016
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  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada1,661 contributions
    We thought this beach was in a pretty good location and offered a nice break from the heat by Hulishan. The beach had plenty of space in the middle of the day and the water was refreshing. There is a sand bar that you can walk on to get to some rocks too.
    Written July 6, 2021
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  • Narahda
    Singapore, Singapore645 contributions
    It is a very economical and efficient way to travel between Haichang and Xiamen City. The jetty at Xiamen City is located within a short walking distance to the No 8 Seafood market. One could also visit Gulangyi from this jetty, which was not so crowded. The only thing for foreigners to take note is that, even buying a simple cross-channel ferry ticket which cost only RMB2, one needs to show the passport when buying the ticket.
    Written December 29, 2018
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  • SOH KIEN PENG
    Singapore, Singapore6,369 contributions
    I came from Singapore. Wu Lao Mountain is more or less equivalent in height to our Bukit Timah Hill. Bukit Timah Hill is about 164 m tall while the height of Wu Lao Mountain is about 184 m. I would think this Wu Lao Feng should be a hill and not a mountain. But the terrain of this `mountain' is more complex with more winding narrow steps and boulders and require more energy to climb while the road up Bukit Timah Road is more straight forward and wide.

    In terms of panoramic view, I think this Wu Lao mountain surpassed Bukit Timah Hill.

    The Wu Lao Peak is only open until 6 pm. It is free admission. The bodily ashes of some of the temple abbots who passed away and cremated were buried beneath the pagoda towers located along the way up. The atmosphere would appear eerie at night.

    I came at a time during the Golden Week. The Nanputuo Temple was flooded with swarm of visitors. The route up probably took about an hour but the movement of the crowd seriously impeded the speed up. It took me almost 2 hr to find myself at the summit of the mountain.

    The price of the drinks up at the summit is also expensive. A bottle of drinks would cost RMB 8. The high cost include donation to the temple. If you are concerned of the hefty price, please fill up your water bottle before starting the climb.

    From the summit, there is a route into the Botanical Garden. But I was in a rush to visit other attractions and give the Botanical Garden a miss.

    After coming down from Wu Lao mountain, I found a sense of relief. Due to the crowd and the heat of the weather, I was sweating profusely but it gives a good work out for the day.

    You will be able to see the Wu Lao Peak behind the Nanputuo Temple if you observe it from the road outside the Lotus Pond of the Temple. It is picturesque.

    One lesson to learn is to avoid the Golden Week. If you come in October may be come after 8 Oct, the madding crowd would be much reduced.
    Written December 31, 2018
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  • KodoDrummer
    Yekaterinburg, Russia64,095 contributions
    Very nice beach. sand is clean and well maintained. Not crowded. You can see some fishing boats out a kilometre or more, and as sunset approaches, they come ashore with their catch.
    Written October 9, 2020
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  • SOH KIEN PENG
    Singapore, Singapore6,369 contributions
    I have been to many parts of China but have not come across any railway line that is being preserved as a cultural park for sightseeing. This one was an exception.

    The last time I visited a rustic and laid back scenic train station that was preserved for tourism was Checheng Station in Taiwan. There were the artifacts of the old locomotives and carriages and tourists can go onboard to visit the interior of the historic train. Here, at this Cultural Park, you only see the tunnel and the railway track and exhibition panels on both sides of the tunnel walls.

    The Cultural Park is free and it is located between the Overseas Chinese Museum and the Nanputuo Temple in Xiamen. The rail track is about 2.5 m long and the track run perpendicular to the road leading to Nanputuo Temple. I followed the track on my left and it leads me to the Botanical Gardens and the Zhongshan Park.

    I saw a romantic couple sitting near to the entrance of the tunnel, kissing passionately, oblivious of the eyes of the passer-bys. It is windy and relaxing to just sit at a corner and observed the greenery of the surrounding. That moment the time just stopped and you think you had traveled back to the era when the old train was passing by this track.

    In the tunnel, there are exhibition panels on both sides of the wall showing the many attractions of Xiamen, photos of the old Xiamen and the development history of the railway transport in China. The neon lighting in the tunnel made the tunnel looks cozy and romantic. It is not crowded and you can hear the echoes of the giggling and laughter of the happy couples and tourists. .

    It is a short distance but a nice experience to just let your mind relaxed and walk through the time tunnel into the good old days.
    Written January 14, 2019
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