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Five fantastic Chinese seaside cities|
Updated: 2006-06-12 09:50
*Xiamen: a city that has been on the rise ever since the adoption of the economic reforms and opening up policies of 1978
People say the best way to know the layout of a city is to see it from the sky. Seen from the sky, Xiamen is circled entirely by water, newly built buildings standing in order like toy bricks. With new architecture, a well arranged layout and adjacent waters, Xiamen represents three distinct characteristics of China's newly uprising cities.
The hottest attraction in Xiamen is Gulangyu (drum wave island). Weathered through history (Gulangyu has been run by 13 different countries as concessions), Gulangyu now enjoys a peaceful life. Protected by the government as a "star island", no excessive developments are allowed except for some seafood street stalls, local specialty shops and craft work shops. A unique piano museum displaying precious pianos from around the world was set up on this island similar to the exotic pavilions left by past occupiers, thus earning Gulangyu the fame of "Piano Island" and "Musicians' Cradle".
Xiamen is also well known for its six natural beach bath places. The Xiamen International Marathon Contest, featuring an economic marathon, festive marathon, communicative marathon, green marathon and tour marathon, is designed as the city's name card to gain more international fame, and it works. This contest has developed into a platform for the communications between Xiamen and its brother cities as well as a media for cross-strait (Taiwan Strait) communications.