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 and people simply wanting to get from A to B, I found myself instantly charmed.
August 2017. This quiet café, less than a third the way down the route, is well worth a stop. The owners may not speak a word of English but they are very accommodating and the resulting Latte (18 RMB) brought to my table exceeded all expectations. Perfect for watching the locals go to and fro!
August 2017. Perhaps the highlight of my walk through Railroad Culture Park was this adapted tunnel under Yintai Mountain. It takes about ten minutes to pass through and there are illuminated before-and-after images of the park’s renovation project and a sculpted mural of China’s illustrious railway system.
August 2017. Railroad Culture Park has a number of cutesy resting points designed to look like stations. Most have wooden benches, a stone armchair or rocking chair, rubbish bins and maps of the trail.
August 2017. A wonderfully lethargic vibe runs right through Railroad Culture Park and indeed there seems to be little to no attempt to commercialise it in any way. Along the entire route there is one cafe, one general store and one restaurant and nobody is busy. In fact, the whole area seemed to be Xiamen’s sit-in’ doin’ nothin’ epicentre.
August 2017. It shouldn’t take longer than an hour to complete your walk through Railroad Culture Park. The trail has various access points, but it’s best to tackle it whole from its natural starting point near Dashengli bus stop, reachable by lines 1, 15, 20, 122 and 135.
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