Visitors can find a great deal to keep them entertained in Xiamen just by jumping on a bike and exploring for an afternoon, as the city's beaches, winding back streets and scenic spots are all situated within a reasonably small area.
Gulang Yu (Gulang Island) is probably the most popular area in Xiamen, where visitors can enjoy climbing up the peak on Sunlight Rock, browsing the 100 rare and unusual instruments at the Piano Museum, or learning about the history of one of Xiamen's most beloved children at the Zheng Chenggong Memorial. No petrol vehicles run on the island, and travel is limited to pedicab. The ancient fishing village of Dadeng Tri-Islet Touring Area is one of the most popular areas to sunbathe and take part in water sports.
Other historical sites in the city include Hulishan Cannon Platform, built to repel pirates in the Qing Dynasty encompassing Rongguang Museum, where a number of interesting artifacts such as the smallest Portuguese cannon in the world are exhibited.
Nanputuo Temple is not only a place to discover Buddhism and see a many interesting artefacts, but is also a great place to eat, famous for the vegetarian food served by the monks who live, study and worship at the temple. The City also has a memorial to Mr Tan Kah Kee, a famous entrepeneur who travelled the world and returned to Xiamen to found the Jimei Study Village, which forms one of the major attractions at Jimei Scenic Area at the foot of Tianma Mountain. Tan Kah Kee's tomb is one of the other major attractions in the area, where planted gardens grow around a pretty long-corridor by Dragon Boat Pond, Jiageng Park, Yanping Gulei and Crocodile Garden. Tan Kah-Kee also founded the Overseas Chinese Museum, dedicated to demonstrating and recording the contributions that southeast Chinese and Fujianese immigrants have made to countries across the world.
The city is not well known for its art, but a short trip outside of the main city can reward visitors with a trip to Xiamen Wushipu Oil Painting Village where over 5000 artists use diverse techniques in oil paintings to create both off the rack and bespoke works of art.
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