To step in to a world where time is not, where the modern day fantasies of speed and clutter are regarded as nuisances, where beauty bestowed by the Maker abide in rich and endless abundance, is to step into the soothing shades of the Gulangyu Island in China.
The small island is located off the coast of Xiamen, Fujian province of southern China and has a land extent of about 2 square kilometers. Close to 20,000 locals call this magical place their home, while many tourists from across the world visit to find the true taste of island life in rich abundance. In the Gulangyu Island, vehicles are not allowed save the small electric buggies and electric government service vehicles, further heightening its wonderful appeal.
Anyone visiting the Gulangyu Island will instantly find himself being transported back in time as the ancient structures of the colonial regime are still scattered lavishly upon its scant area of land, giving a truly wonderful sensation to all. 13 countries that include France, Great Britain and Japan have left their footprints of power on this island as displayed in the many Victorian style architecture that are to be found in many of the churches and hospitals in the island. The Island of Gulangyu was officially designated as an International settlement in the year 1903 as well.
The many appeals that hold the fascination of the island include the numerous pianos of the island that amount to over 200 in number, giving the place the nickname “The Town of Pianos”. Along with these, the museum that is dedicated to Koxinga, Haidi Shijie, subtropical garden that consists of plants that were introduced by overseas Chinese as well as Marine World also vastly appeal the masses that swarm in every year. The winding roads and the pristine beaches too lure many to her magical shores, ceaselessly and effortlessly.
A Xiamen hotel such as the Millennium Harbourview Hotel Xiamen which is a leading hotel in Xiamen can be considered while you are holidaying here to ensure that your time spent in this land of loveliness is truly unforgettable indeed.
Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.