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Gulangyu Island, known in the local dialect as Kulangsu, is located on the estuary of the Jiulong River, facing the city of Xiamen. Its heritage includes a settlement composed of 931 historical buildings, and represents a variety of local and international architectural styles, natural sceneries, historic roads and gardens. Since Xiamen was opened to foreign trade in 1844, the island has witnessed clashes of culture and integration between the East and the West. So far, many historical relics and representative natural scenic spots are still well-preserved on the island.

Nanputuo Temple


The Nanputuo Temple is a famous Buddhist temple in the southeast coast of China, located on Xiamen island at the foot of Mount Wulaofeng. Behind the temple there are beautiful hills with mysterious grottoes and green trees, and to its front is the deep blue sea with sparkling waves. The sea melted into the sky provides pleasant scenery. Founded in the Tang dynasty, the Nanputuo Temple has a long history and embodies the Southern Fujian (Minnan) culture and, therefore, it is known as A Millennium Ancient Monastery. 

Shimao MO Sky Mansion


Shimao MO Sky Mansion, the twin 300-meter-high skyscrapers, is pictured in Xiamen, East China's Fujian province. The twin skyscrapers, stretching nearly 30,000 square meters, is a comprehensive commercial and trade center integrating hotels, office buildings, shopping malls, entertainment and catering places. With the investment of nearly five billion yuan ($754 million), the skyscrapers have been an icon since being going into service in 2015.

Zheng Chenggong Statue


The statue of Zheng Chenggong, a naval general who forced Dutch invaders to leave Taiwan, on the Gulangyu island off the coast of Xiamen, a scenic city in the southeast China's Fujian Province. Zheng led a navy force from Xiamen to Taiwan to fight against the Dutch invaders in 1661. After several decisive victories, the Dutch were forced to leave Taiwan, and the island became Zheng's last stronghold against the Qing, who had already seized most of the Chinese mainland. Zheng was a diehard loyalist to the Ming Dynasty, which made it impossible for him to return to the mainland. 

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