1. August 2017. You could easily spend two or three days exploring Gulangyu. 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. The complex can be accessed via this pretty beach and is situated on, in and around Fuding Rock. A 25RMB fee is required to go inside.
2. August 2017. The park’s main attraction is this imposing statue of legendary Chinese pirate Zheng Chenggong. 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.
3. August 2017. A boardwalk takes you up to a pretty pavilion and viewing platform. There are great views of the city of Xiamen to be had, even with the usual haze, while the panoramic back across the beach and island hills aren’t too shabby either.
4. August 2017. Take the short but invigorating trail up to the statue where another balcony awaits. According to the blurb, Zheng Chenggong was one of the most fearsome soldiers in Chinese history and it seems the sculptor wanted to make his statue form equally awe-inspiring. In fact, the statue was equipped with lightning protection facilities and is anti-12 typhoon, anti-8 earthquake.
5. August 2017. The 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 enjoy choice views of the Xiamen skyline.
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