Travel Report: Haoyue Park – Gulangyu Island, China.
August 2017. You could easily spend two or three days exploring Gulangyu Island. But if you find yourself on limited time, map out a walking route to the island’s northwestern tip for the dramatically located Haoyue Park. This landscaped complex can be accessed via a pretty beach and is situated around the towering Fuding Rock. Look out for the little ticket office where entrance tickets are 25 RMB.
Haoyue Park’s main attraction is this imposing statue of legendary Chinese pirate Zheng Chenggong. He was famous for his part in resisting the Qing conquest of China in the 17th century and for defeating the Dutch outposts of Taiwan. This giant memorial stands as the country’s largest sculpture of a historical figure.
A boardwalk takes you up to a pretty pavilion and viewing platform. Furthermore, there are great views of the city, even with the usual haze. The view back across the beach and hills aren’t too shabby either.
Haoyue Park, Gulangyu Island.
Take the short but invigorating trail up to the statue where another balcony awaits. According to the blurb, Chenggong was one of the most fearsome soldiers in Chinese history. And It certainly looks like the sculptor wanted to make his statue equally impressive. In fact, so much care and attention went into its creation that it was even equipped with lightning protection facilities! Consequently, they say the statue is anti-12 typhoon, anti-8 earthquake.
After you finish admiring the statue, simply turn around and look back over the water for views across Xiamen’s fine albeit smoggy skyline.
Haoyue Park also features this small collection of luxury villas, housed in a gated complex called Haoyue Holiday Club. The buildings all overlook one of Gulangyu’s prettiest beaches, and of course more views across the Xiamen skyline.
For more info on my discoveries here, take a peek at my other reports from Gulangyu Island.
You can also have a look at my articles on the nearby city of Xiamen.
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