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Gǔlàngyǔ Island

鼓浪屿

Xiamen's famous tourist destination - an island off the island.

After hearing much about the virtues of Gulangyu- the prohibition of motor vehicles, the old colonial buildings, and the whispers of a piano museum, I was very keen to go, and pleasantly surprised at how cheap it is to get the ferry over.

Once off the crowded ferry, I was beckoned by a path with speckled sunshine, and instantly surrounded by lush vegetation that hushed the chattering voices and filled me with a cosy peace.

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I felt privileged to see this history preserved so well in China.

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The winding path led past fruit sellers, up peaks and down through tunnels. There were pleasant tourist shops selling handmade crafts, artsy coffee shops and a very cool clothes shop with a balcony full of written messages from all who have been there.

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We went past an art and design university, complete with portraits of all the greats and I was overwhelmed trying to imagine how inspiring it would be to live and study in such a place.

The last part of our wander led us along the beach at sunset.... perfect!

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Posted by Melimei 18:30 Archived in China

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