Saturday, October 18, 2008

My Travel in Xiamen,Fujian

Xiamen is a beautiful coastal city in Fujian Province, which was recently voted China's cleanest city and has many attractions for the tourist. It’s praised as Xiamen and its surrounding countryside provides spectacular scenery and pleasant tree-lined beaches.
International Marathon in Xiamen

Xiamen International Marathon, one of the two leading marathon competition in China co-organized by Xiamen Municipal Government and Chinese Athletic Association, is registered with International Marathons and Road Races in 2004.It is held on the last Saturday of each March.
Consistiong of full marathon, half marathon, 10-km and 5-km races, Xiamen International Marathon attracts over 20000 participants. The Whole course runs largely through the scenic sections of the city, including Huandao Lu(Ring Road) and large landscaped areas, which are flat and considered to be ideal for a marathon race. In particular the scenic Huandao Lu is regarded among the most beautiful marathon courses in the world.


Gulangyu, is one of the most beautiful attractions in China, also known as Piano Island, for every 100 people have 3 pianos and the Piano Prince Kong Xiangdong was born here. It’s a romantic place, with a piano port, a concert hall, a musical school, a museum of piano, even the roads are lettering by musical note. It is also a popular, peaceful weekend getaway with amazing views of the city and features many Victorian-era style European edifices.
Botanical Garden

It is a nature lover's paradise. There are Several botanic garden zones and many significant and historical commemorative plants.
Bailuzhou Park

A beautiful scenical park, with the satue of egret goddness in it.
Nanputuo Temple

The Buddhist Nanputuo Temple, dating back to the Tang Dynasty, is a famous ancient temple construction built along the moutains, higher gradually from the bottom to the top ,solemn and venerable. It is close to Xiamen University. Set up in the period of YongLe (1403-1424).

Xiamen is also famous for its history as a frontline during the war with Kinmen (also known as Jinmen or Quemoy) 50 years ago. One attraction for tourists is to view Kinmen island, a few kilometres away and under Taiwanese control, from Xiamen island.

Zhongshan Lu

This is the main commercial street in Xiamen. It includes traditional shophouses with the latest fashion, shoes and wide variety of products. A large section of the street (between the ferry landing and Siming Street) has recently been fully pedestrianized.

Xiamen University

Xiamen University is very famous for its beautiful campus. Located at the foot of the green mountains, facing the blue ocean and surrounded by Xiamen bay. The main campus is picturesque with beautiful scenery and parks. The university has campuses at Jimei and Zhangzhou in addition to the Xiamen campus located in the southern part of Xiamen Island.

In 1919 Mr. Tan Kah Kee (Chen Jiageng), the well-known overseas Chinese leader, donated millions of dollars to establish and endow Xiamen University, officially founded in 1921. It is regarded as one of the most prestigious and selective universities in China.
Mr. Tan handed over Xiamen University to the government in 1937 due to lack of funds, and the institution subsequently became a national university.
In 1938, at the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War, the university temporary relocated to Changting in Min Xi county, western Fujian.
At the end of World War II in 1946, Xiamen University moved back to Xiamen and resumed normal operations.
In 1952, Xiamen University became a comprehensive university, and has been designated as a national key university since 1962.
When the Cultural Revolution began in 1966, daily operations at the University were suspended and a subsidiary of faculties moved to Fuzhou, forming the initial polytechnic departments of Fuzhou University.

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