The Gulangyu Islet is tiny with an area of just 1.87 km2. Its highest point, Sunlight Rock, is a symbol of Xiamen. A stunning combination of rolling hills, blue seawater, white clouds, green trees and red roof tiles, Gulangyu Islet, which means drum wave island in Chinese, gets its name from the drum-like sound caused by waves hitting the reef on the southwest part of the Islet. Others scenic spots include Shuzhuang Garden, Piano Museum, Haoyue Garden, International Architectural Exposition, Sea & Sky Palace Complex, Marine World, World Celebrity Statue Gallery and more.
South Putuo Temple
This famous temple sits at the foreground of sprawling hills and in close proximity to Xiamen University. It dates back to the Tang Dynasty, where it was destroyed numerous times throughout history and then rebuilt in during the Qing Dynasty.
Huandao Road is a major part of the Xiamen International Marathon and one of the tourist attractions in Xiamen city. It winds past Yanwu Bridge, Hulishan Fortress, Zengcuoían, the International Exhibition and Conference Center, Wuyuan Bay and the airport with a total length of 31 km, including 4,000 meters of red colored pavement for pedestrians, runners.
The section from Xiamen University to Qianpu is about 9 km long and is known as Xiamen’s golden coastline and a seaside corridor for tourism, sightseeing, leisure and entertainment. It includes Yefengzhai, Wanyuepo, Shuxingyuan, Haiyuntai and other facilities that offer numerous different kinds of sightseeing and entertainment for tourists.
Located to the north of Aoyuan Park, Jiageng Park was built to commemorate the wishes of prominent businessman and Chinese benefactor Chen Jiageng. It is connected to Aoyuan Park and reflects many elements of Jiageng’s style of architecture. The park features a Chinese style courtyard that is laced with ponds, small zigzag bridges and stone railings that show off the beauty of traditional Chinese gardens.
Xiamen Botanical Gardens
The Gardens are located on and around Wanshi hill on Xiamen Island and are often referred to as the Wanshi (ten thousand rocks) Botanical Gardens. The gardens were started in 1960 as a landscape park surrounding Wanshiyan Reservoir and have a collection of more than 5,300 kinds of tropical and subtropical ornamental plants.
Amidst rolling hills, peculiar rocks with stone inscriptions, they also have a collection of more than 29 specialty plant gardens, including Palm Islet, World of Cacti, Flower Gallery, Pine and Fir Park, Fir Lawn and Rosery Park.