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Took a break from the cold, rainy Shanghai weather to spend a couple of days in sunny Xiamen! From rooftop cafes, to the massive botanical garden, to Jimei School Village, there are no shortage of sights to see in Xiamen. One unexpected find was the Railway Cultural Park. What started off as me following an abandoned railway track, wound up being an hour walk along it through changing sceneries with locals playing various games in this makeshift park. I stopped walking after an hour but the railway park continued on as far as the eye could see 🛤 This was my second time in Xiamen and I def see myself going again! #springholiday#travelinspiration#urbanexplorer
Posted: Mar 12, 2021
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The Gulangyu island, also known as Kulangsu, is a world cultural heritage site. This island concentrates a lot of history in its 2km, popularly referred to a fairytale island. The three main settlements date from 1900s. Yanzaijiao keeps its ancient authenticity, dating from Qing dynasty, while Lu’erjiao has more European influence. While island has few residents, most inhabitants travel daily. This island is full of shops, inns, restaurants and souvenirs. A sea of people surrounded by water. For short background, Xiamen and Kulangsu island were the main maritime sino-foreign key location for centuries, with huge development for this island. After WWII, Japanese soldiers occupied Jinmen island, with brought thousands of refugees to Kulangsu. Later, during Pacific war in 1941, Japanese troops occupied the island, restructured several areas, and imposed Japanese culture. Later the island was recovered for Chinese, leaving an amazing mixture of cultures, architecture and this odd environment around. Bikes and cars are not allowed. Roads are very small and landscape can be very tiring. Although, there is so much to see and admire: architecture, temples, parks, gardens, beaches, shops inside old buildings. Get there- Take a ferry from Xiamen’s Lun Du terminal. ⛴ Service hours: Everyday, available 24 hours. Takes around 8 minutes to reach the island, and ferry Can get very crowded. #beachview #beach #gulangyu #culturalheritage #architecturalphotos #architecture #kulangsu #xiamen #xiamentravel #xiamenguide #oldarchitecture #island #islandtravel #islandlife #ferry #maydaytrip #scenicspotphotoguide #happylaborday #urbanexplorer #temple #artgallery #ancientlandmark#historicculture
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