Xiamen is a coastal city in Fujian Province in China. It became one of China's earliest Special Economic Zones in the 1980s. It was recently named China's 2nd 'most suitable city for living. Most tourists come to Xiamen to visit Gulangyu Island, a small island which contains some beautiful colonial buildings and is car free.


Hulishan Fortress (Hulishan Canon Platform), (on the south-eastern headland of Xiamen and near Xiamen University). Built in 1894 it is a relic of the Westernization Movement. The architectural of the canon platform is in a Ming and Qing dynasty style. On the front of the platform there are “Wanggui platform” and “Pangui platform”, on which you can see the Dadan and Xiaodan islands through a telescope. In the yard of canon platform there is a gorgeous wall sculpture named “the Soul of Nation”, and a water fountain from the left side of the wall.

Bailuzhou Park is large and beautiful park. Go around 8:30PM and enjoy the vendors, music, and dancing.

Opposite to the other parks around this area, Bailuzhou Park does not only contain large lawns and children amusement facilities, but also bars, clubs, hotels and shopping areas. The western part of the park is the most common park-like part, that you will find here. Lawns invite to stroll or sit down, fountains enrich the scenery and if you are lucky you will have got the possibility to take a look at one of the public art events, happening here sometimes.

Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street, off Liujiang Road near the Gulangyu ferry terminal. See the yearly facelifts and notice that older buildings are becoming extinct and being replaced by modern ones.

Gulangyu Island is renowned for its delicate natural beauty, its ancient relics, and its varied architecture. The island is on China's list of National Scenic Spots and also ranks at the top of the list of the ten most-scenic areas in Fujian Province.

Only electric-powered vehicles are permitted on the island, so the environment is free from the noise and pollution of combustion engines.