Robert S. Donovan
Do & See

Gulangyu Island

This is were the 19th century traders from foreign countries and China itself built their mansions, stemming from the freedom given to Xiamen to allow foreign trade through its port. It takes about five minutes with a ferry from Xiamen to reach the island.
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Gaungzhou Beach

Still on Gulangyu Island, the western side has one of the best beaches in the area. Make sure to have a couple of hours here and relax.
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Nanputuo Monastery

The Nanputao Buddhist Monastery is a very famous temple that dates from the Tang dynasty, some 1000 years ago. The mountain range behind the monastery is the Five Octagarian Peaks.
10,000 Rock Botanical  (Wanshi) Garden

10,000 Rock Botanical (Wanshi) Garden

A park of winding paths and tropical plants. Over 5,000 species of plants are in the park. This is really a "green museum" with beautiful natural landscape.
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Piano Museum

Piano Museum is located on Gulangyu island. The museum has a collection of 70 pianos, here you can see the oldest quadrangular piano, the biggest and oldest vertical piano, the ancient handdriven piano and much more.
Huli Shan Fort

Huli Shan Fort

The fort was constructed in the late 1800’s and includes in the construction material, glutinous rice. The Huli Shan Fort is famous for it’s german-made 60 ton cannon, which is the best preserved coastal cannon in China.
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Underwater Sea World

This acquarium has a collection of more than 10,000 aquatic creatures. If you want, you have the opportunity to visit the feeding tank and hand-feed turtles and baby sharks.
Xiamen Beaches

Xiamen Beaches

Approximately 5 minutes south of the city is the long coastline and plenty of beaches for swimming and sunbathing. This is a great way to one or two days.
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