Friday, 30 October 2009

A breif introduction to Gulangyu Island

Gulangyu Island
Gulangyu Island is a tiny island with an area of 1.78 square kilometers to the southwest of Xiamen across the sea. It is covered with beautiful green trees, bushes, and flowers; this is why it is also known as the "Garden on the Sea". Gulangyu Island is free of motor vehicles of any kind, and its local residents love music. More than 500 households on the island own pianos, so the island has a reputation of being an island of music. Because it has preserved many houses in different European styles of the 18th century, it is nicknamed an international exhibition of architecture. The main places of interest are Riguang Rock, Riguang Monastery, Shuzhuang Garden, Zheng Chenggong Memorial Hall, and the newly built Haoyue Park to honor Zheng Chenggong.

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