Travel Report: Sweet Mao – Gulangyu Island, China.

Sweet Mao Gulangyu Island Xiamen Fujian province China

August 2017. It was mid afternoon on Gulangyu when, all of a sudden, the heavens opened and the rain came beating down. So I sprinted off through the nearest stone gate and into a colonial courtyard with brick arches, twisting trees and a statue of a red-haired, cartoon cat. Sweet Mao announced a number of […]

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Travel Report: Lee House – Gulangyu Island – Xiamen, China.

Lee House Gulangyu Island Fujian province China

August 2017. Many of Gulangyu Island’s grand old colonial buildings are now home to shops, restaurants and luxury boutiques. Whilst I have very little interest in shopping, it was still cool to duck into some of these amazing buildings and check out the courtyards and architecture. One of the coolest structures is the huge four-storey […]

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Travel Report: Haoyue Park – Gulangyu Island, China.

Haoyue Park Gulangyu Island Xiamen Fujian province China

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 […]

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Travel Report: Cool Spots Around Gulangyu Island, China.

Ferry to Gulangyu Island Xiamen Fujian province China

August 2017. As amazing as the Chinese city of Xiamen undoubtedly is, the real inspiration for my trip to Fujian Province was the prospect of a visit to Gulangyu Island. Reached via a fifteen-minute ferry ride from Xiamen International Passenger Terminal, I was horribly unprepared for what an almighty battle it would be to get […]

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Travel Report: Zhongshan Road – Xiamen, China.

Zhongshan Road Xiamen Fujian province China

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

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Travel Report: Bailuzhou Park – Xiamen, China.

Bailuzhou Park Xiamen Fujian province China

August 2017. A nomadic friend of mine once described China as a place with “lots of beautiful things to see, nothing to do”. On more than one level, I know exactly what he meant. When it comes to Chinese cities I know what I’m gonna get in a round about way – another stunning temple, […]

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Travel Report: Xiamen University, China.

Xiamen University Fujian province China

August 2017. I hadn’t even thought of visiting Xiamen University, not until a friend of mine suggested it. “It’s one of the most beautiful campuses in China!” she claimed, so off I went, full of anticipation. When I arrived at the entrance gates I was met by a long line of people snaking down Yanwu […]

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