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Gulangyu (Piano Island)

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After the first Opium War, Xiamen became a treaty port with Gulangyu as the site of the foreign enclave. Many of the buildings from that period remain. These, coupled with the ban on motor transport, means that the island has a Victorian-era feel to it, a pleasant contrast to the modern city of Xiamen, only 5 minutes away by ferry.

The main attraction is the island itself, though there is a subtropical garden to visit as well as a couple of museums. The Piano Museum is the only one of its kind in China. Visitors are likely to hear pianos being played every evening, somewhere on the island.

Written by  Ian Ford.

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