Xiamen is a beautiful city with fresh air and bright sunshine. The clean and tidy campus of Xiamen University, the specialty stores in Gulangyu Island, the beautiful view of beach on Huandao Road, and the delicious snacks and the seaside in Zengcuoan--they are all worth to visit and taste. The streets in Xiamen are clean and the slow-paced life is pleasant. The seafood there tastes good and the local snacks are delicious.
Many buildings of Chinese and foreign architectural styles are well preserved in the island, such as traditional Chinese temples with cornices, small and exquisite Japanese houses, and 19th-century European-style consulates of former western countries. Gulangyu has the reputation of "International Architecture Expo". The main sightseeing spots include Sunlight Rock, Shuzhuang Garden, Haoyue Garden, Yu Yuan, Gulang Stone, Gulangyu Piano Museum, Memorial Hall of Zheng Chenggong, Xiamen Marine World and Natural Bathing Beach. Integrating history, humanities and natural landscapes, it is the national scenic spot and the top of the ‘‘Top Ten Scenic Spot’’ in Fujian. Gulangyu is a “cradle of musicians”. Walking on every trail, you can hear pleasant piano sounds, melodious violin sounds, brisk guitar sounds, beautiful singing sounds, and the beat of the waves time to time. The environment is particularly charming. Gulangyu is the “Architecture Expo Pavilion”. Many buildings there have a strong European style, such as the three orders of ancient Greece--doric, Ionic, and corinthian, Roman columns, Gothic spires, Islamic domes, Baroque reliefs, gatehouse fireplaces, balconies, railings, arch windows. They are showed their beauty and the place is filled with the beauty of classicism and romanticism. The real Gulangyu Island means a kind of feeling that requires people to calm down and feel. People who come to Gulangyu are hope to find this rare leisure feeling and take it away.
Xiamen University is close to the sea and the mountain, with the gate next to the gate of Nanputuo Temple and the beautiful seaside beach and Hu Li Shan Pao Tai on the other side. It is known as “one of the most beautiful campuses in China”. The campus is surrounded by the mountains and the seam. Nearby, there are the Nanputuo Temple and Hu Li Shan Pao Tai. The scenery is beautiful. On campus, there are attractions such as Hibiscus Lake and Lovers Valley, which are quiet and romantic. In addition to the natural scenery, the buildings in Xiamen University are also worth appreciating. The old buildings here are referred to as “wearing suits and buckets”, which means the combination of Chinese and western styles. In the course of the development of Xiamen University, many educators and academic celebrities such as Lin Yutang, Gu xie-gang, Lu Xun, Chen Jingrun, and Yu Guangzhong all have connections with this school. As early as the 1980s and 1990s, Xiamen University became one of the few famous universities in China with its profound historical accumulation and influence.
Nanputuo Temple is under the Wulao Peak in the south of Xiamen Island, which was founded in the Tang Dynasty. It is one of the Buddhist rosorts in southern Fujian. The Temple of Heavenly Kings, the Main Hall, and the Temple of Great Tragedy are beautifully constructed and majestic. The temples are dedicated to Maitreya, the Third Buddha, the Avalokitesvara, the Four Heavenly Kings, the Eighteen Arhats, etc. The Sutra Depository are rich in Buddhist relics, including classics, Buddhist images, bronze bells and ancient books of the Song Dynasty. Among them, the Saddharmapundarika-sutra white porcelain Guanyin which made by He Chaozong of Ming Dynasty are the most famous and precious. There are many inscriptions around the temple. Behind the temple, the word “Buddha” is carved in stone, which is ten feet high and ten feet wide. Five peaks stand behind the temple, with beautiful rock and lush forest, which were called ‘five men over the cloud’. It is one of the eight views of Xiamen. Nan Putuo is near Xiamen University. After enjoying the scenery of the campus, people might as well come to Nanputuo to taste vegetarian dishes.
Zhongshan Road is located in the southwestern part of Xiamen Island, which was built in 1925. It is one of the “seven horizontals” in “Four Verticals and Seven Horizontals” of the Xiamen downtown road. Since the opening of the street, it has been the economic center of Xiamen. Zhongshan Road is an old city block in Xiamen that preserves a relatively complete modern style. It has many cultural monuments such as the Xiaozouma Road, the former residence of Chen Huacheng, and the First Church of China. Zhongshan Road is also the only commercial street in the country that leads directly to the sea. The Southeast Asian overhang building, colorful LED nightscapes, Taiwanese specialty snacks, and ancient Nan-in make Zhongshan Road a different style. The construction of Zhongshan Road is overhang building. This style combining European architecture with the geographical features of Southeast Asia. It was introduced to Gulangyu and Xiamen approximately after the Opium War. This building has a rich Southeast Asian style, pink and white are the main colors. Zhongshan Road currently has 3 provincial-level cultural relics protection units, 5 city-level cultural relics protection units, 1 municipal-related cultural relics site, more than 10 historical sites and intangible cultural heritage such as Nan-in, Gezai Opera, and mooncake gambling.
Located in the Siming District of Xiamen, Huandao Road is the main track of the Xiamen International Marathon and is regarded as the most beautiful track of marathon in the world. The greenery between the roads is the musical score of “The Waves of Gulangyu Island”. There are also marathon statues and parts of the red road along the road. This section is only accessible by pedestrians. Cycling around the road, listening to the waves and savoring the sea breeze is also a pleasure. The road is 31 kilometers and 44-60 meters in width. It is a two-way 6-lane road and is one of Xiamen's scenic tourism roads around the sea. The construction of Huandao Road has always pursued the purpose of “meeting the sea, leaving the most beautiful beaches to the people”. Some are closed to mountains and sea, some are bridged over sea, and some are through the cave, fully embodying the characteristics of subtropical scenery, and forming a coastal tourism corridor that combines the tourism and entertainment. It shows a beautiful picture of the blue sky, the sea, the beach, the green space and the flowers of the four seasons for people.
Zeng Cuo is the most beautiful fishing village in Xiamen. There has convenient transportation, quiet environment and strong business atmosphere. The beach is clean and the sunset is beautiful. You can see the beautiful sunrise and feel the romantic rural atmosphere. Located in the southeastern of Xiamen Island, Zengcuoan was originally a fishing village. In recent years, with the acceleration of the process of urbanization in Xiamen, the improvement of infrastructure, the increase in the number of tourists, and the rapid rise of family hotels, the annual tourist flow is nearly 3 million. It is hard to find such a village in the world that contains so many customs and beliefs: not only Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, but also Xiamen’s unique, incense-filled worship of MAZU. It is a representative natural ecological village in southern Fujian.
Xiamen Horticulture Expo Garden
Located on the bank of Xinglin Bay in Jimei District, Xiamen Horticulture Expo Garden has 9 scenic islands and 100 geographically-realistic gardens. It truly presents the profound and traditional Chinese garden art, and garden features around the world. Horticulture Expo Garden is 6.76 square kilometers, of which the water area accounts for more than half of the total area of the park, is the world's unique water grand view garden. Horticulture Expo Garden, which is based on the vast Xinglin Bay, consists of five exhibition park islands, four ecological landscape islands, and two peninsulas. Combine with the classical Chinese garden style and modern garden style, Horticulture Expo Garden has constructed 10 parks such as Northern style Park, Jiangnan Park, Lingnan Park, National Folklore Park, International Park, and Fujian-Taiwan Park. Each park has its own distinctive characteristics.