My 5: Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park, China.

Chongwu Stone Arts Expo Park Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China

1. February 2018. The only reason to make the trek out to the isolated Chinese outpost of Chongwu is for this fascinating park, set between a section of the town’s ancient walls and a pretty strip of beach overlooking The Taiwan Strait. The section of wall that runs through the park dates back to 1387 […]

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My 5: Chongwu Town, China.

Chongwu Town Quanzhou Fujian province China

1. February 2018. The ancient walled city of Chongwu is fascinatingly situated in southeastern China’s Fujian province, right on a peninsula jutting out into The Taiwan Strait. In reality though Chongwu isn’t a city, but a run-down fishing town with a tourist industry that revolves around the truly impressive Stone Arts Expo Park.

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My 5: Qingyuan Mountain – Quanzhou, China.

Lao Tzu Statue Qingyuan Mountain Quanzhou

1. February 2018. The beautiful Qingyuan Mountain is a protected national park region of China’s Fujian province, located just three kilometers outside the city of Quanzhou. Dating back to Imperial China’s Tang Dynasty, the mountain is famed for its giant statue of Laozi (also known as Lao Tzu Statue or Yuxian Rock), the founder of […]

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My 5: Sweet Mao – Gulangyu Island, China.

Sweet Mao Gulangyu Island Xiamen Fujian province China

1. 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 […]

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My 5: Lee House – Gulangyu Island – Xiamen, China.

Lee House Gulangyu Island Fujian province China

1. 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 […]

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My 5: Haoyue Park – Gulangyu Island, China.

Haoyue Park Gulangyu Island Xiamen Fujian province China

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. […]

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My 5: Cool Spots Around Gulangyu Island, China.

Ferry to Gulangyu Island Xiamen Fujian province China

1. 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 […]

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