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Travel Report: Railroad Culture Park – Xiamen, China.

August 2017. One of my favourite Xiamen experiences was this simple but ingenious nature trail in the southwest of the city. Railroad Culture Park stands as a towering testament to brilliant urban planning and creative reuse, with five kilometres of landscaped gardens set around a stretch of preserved rails. Popular with ramblers, dog walkers, joggers […]

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Travel Report: Zhongshan Road – Xiamen, China.

August 2017. Even if shopping isn’t your cup of tea, a trip to Zhongshan Road in Xiamen is an essential part of a visit here. Teeming with stores, restaurants and cafes, this strictly pedestrianised road offers up an exciting fusion of European architecture, chattering locals and bug eyed sales clerks armed with microphones. My first […]

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Travel Report: Hulishan Fortress – Xiamen, China.

August 2017. Hulishan Fortress is one of Xiamen’s most defining landmarks, a sprawling granite castle perched atop a rocky hill in the south of the island. Built in 1894 in the dying days of the Qing Dynasty, the fort was home to some of the world’s most powerful cannons. Furthermore, the fortress went on to […]

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Travel Report: Xunpu Oyster Village, China.

February 2018. I find it reassuring that even after all these years Lonely Planet still comes up with some great recommendations. Indeed it was my China LP that suggested I check out Xunpu Oyster Village, a small community perched on the edge of Quanzhou City. However, our trip didn’t get off to the best start. […]

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Travel Report: Qingjing Mosque – Quanzhou, China.

February 2018. Qingjing Mosque is China’s second oldest mosque and a major pilgrimage point for the country’s Muslim community. Dating back to 1009, all you can see today is a garden complex of ruins located on Tumen Street just a five-minute walk from Guandi Temple.  On the day of our visit we came across a lone […]

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Travel Report: Guandi Temple – Quanzhou, China.

February 2018. As with most Chinese cities, there are plenty of temples scattered around Quanzhou. I consider myself something of a temple veteran, therefore I decided to limit myself to the magnificent Guandi Temple on Tumen Street.  Guandi Temple stands in honour to Guan Yu, a Three Kingdoms general known as The Taoist God of War. Yu […]

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Travel Report: Chongwu Town, China.

February 2018. The ancient, walled community of Chongwu Town is fascinatingly situated in southeastern China’s Fujian province. Look on a map and you’ll literally see it perched right on a peninsula jutting out into The Taiwan Strait. Chongwu is often referred to as an ancient city. However, in reality this place is little more than […]

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