Kulangsu 鼓浪屿

Kulangsu, a small island in Siming District, Xiamen City, Fujian Province, is a famous scenic spot. The original Gulangyu District was revoked and merged into Siming’s jurisdiction. It is located in the southwest corner of Xiamen Island, across the sea from Xiamen Island. Formerly known as Yuanshazhou and Yuanzhouzi, there were sea caves in the southwest of the sea, which were impacted by waves and sounded like drums. The Ming Dynasty elegantly became its present name.
Due to historical reasons, buildings of different Chinese and foreign styles have been collected and preserved here, and it is known as the “World Architecture Expo”. Many hot shops in Longtou Road Commercial Street sell a variety of Xiamen specialty snacks. This island is also a fertile ground for music, and there are many talents. The density of pianos is the highest in the country, and it has the reputation of “Piano Island” and “Music Town”. It is a very romantic tourist attraction. Lin Chengqiang, a native of the township, said in a joint compliment: Drum waves hang sails today and win the past, and pile gold and jade are generous and generous.
Main attractions: Sunlight Rock, Shuzhuang Garden, Haoyue Garden, Yu Garden, Gulang Stone, Zheng Chenggong Memorial Hall, Ancient Summer Cave, Longtou Mountain Village, Hundred Bird Park, Piano Museum, Sunlight Rock Temple, Haitiantang Temple, etc.

Nanputuo Temple 南普陀寺

Nanputuo Temple is located under Wulao Peak in the southeast of Xiamen City, Fujian Province, facing Bicheng Sea Port. The temple covers an area of 258,000 square meters with a construction area of 212.7 million square meters. It was built in the last years of the Tang Dynasty and was called Sizhou Temple. It was renamed Puzhao Temple during the Song Zhiping period. In the early Ming Dynasty, the temple was barren and was not rebuilt until the Kangxi period of the Qing Dynasty. Because it enshrines the Guanyin Bodhisattva, it is similar to the Guanyin Taoist Temple in Mount Putuo, Zhejiang, and named “South Putuo Temple” south of Mount Putuo. It is one of the Buddhist attractions in southern Fujian. The blood book “Miaofa Lianhua Sutra” and He Chaozong’s famous white porcelain Guanyin were the most precious in the temple during the Wanli period of Ming Dynasty.
The main buildings on the central axis of Nanpusui Temple are Tianwang Hall, Daxiong Hall, Dabei Hall, and Tibetan Scripture Pavilion. There are bell and drum towers, meditation halls, guest rooms, and warehouses on both sides, as well as the Minnan Buddhist College, Buddhist Yangzhengyuan, and a free life pond in front of the temple. The “Taixu Master Memorial Tower” has been newly built after the temple. The whole temple is magnificent and orderly.
Nanputuo Temple is a national key Buddhist temple in the Han area, the sixth batch of provincial cultural relics protection units in Fujian Province, and one of the eight scenic spots in Xiamen.


Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street  中山路步行街

Zhongshan Road (English: AmoyYatSenRoad) is located in the southwest of Xiamen Island. It is an east-west road in Zhonghua Street, Siming District, Xiamen City. During the period of Japanese occupation, it was called Dahan Road (1933-1945), and during the Cultural Revolution, it was called Dongfanghong Road (1966-1979).
Zhongshan Road is about 1.2 kilometers long, starting from the ferry Lujiang Road in the west, at the boundary between Siming South Road and Siming North Road on the mid-span, and east of Xinhua Road (now the Xiamen Public Security Bureau, the former seat of Xiamen Workers’ Cultural Palace) and Gongyuan South Road.
Zhongshan Road was built in 1925, connecting two important scenic spots, Zhongshan Park and Gulangyu. The arcade buildings along the street are all Minnan style arcade buildings. Since 2006, they have been protected by the “Special Plan for the Control of the Purple Line in Xiamen” in the name of “Old City Zhongshan Road Historic District”. Large-scale demolition and development activities are strictly prohibited. Along Zhongshan Road is the birthplace of Xiamen’s commerce, and it is still one of the most prosperous business districts in Xiamen. It won the first place in the “Top 30 Landmarks of Xiamen” selected by the Xiamen Evening News in 2008.