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Xiamen’s Old City

Xiamen’s Old City(厦门老城区)

 

Take a look at the picturesque Old City of Xiamen, located near the last BRT stop (Diyi Matou Station第一码头站) and opposite Gulangyu Islet(鼓浪屿), and you will discover that it is not only Gulangyu which has sites that are worth a second look. Especially after visiting other Chinese cities, Xiamen's uniqueness really stands out as you leave the usual streets with skyscrapers and office buildings and go for a walk in the remarkable Old City of Xiamen.

  

The small winding streets between Xiahe Lu
(厦禾路) and Siming Bei Lu(思明北路)with their old colonial houses are definitely worth a look. If you look above the small shops spread all over the Old City you will see Mediterranean-like balconies, stone carvings and all sorts of things that are not so different from any small town in Andalusia. If you leave the main roads you will discover secret little passages and get to know another charming side of Xiamen.

One of the major attractions of walking around the Old City is definitely the market. Crowded, narrow alleys packed with
fruits, vegetables, rice, incense, every imaginable kind of animal both alive and dead, as well as a thousand and one other items for sale, will give you an interesting insight into the daily lives of Xiamen’s people.

If the more exotic items on display haven’t killed your appetite, then there are also all kinds of restaurants and snack stalls where you can fill up on Xiamen’s many delicacies.