1. Railroad Culture Park, August 2017. One of my favorite Xiamen experiences was this simple but ingenious nature trail in the southwest of the city. It stands as a towering testament to brilliant urban planning and creative reuse, with five kilometers 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.
2. Railroad Culture Park, 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!
3. Railroad Culture Park, August 2017. Perhaps the highlight of my walk 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.
4. Railroad Culture Park, August 2017. Along the way you can stop at 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.
5. Railroad Culture Park, August 2017. It shouldn’t take longer than an hour to complete the route. The park 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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