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Coastal Fujian an ideal tourist destination

Xiamen, Fujian province: Xiamen, nicknamed Garden on the Sea, is a modern port city and a major tourist destination on the southeastern coast of China.
Over 30 journalists and staff members from the China, South Asia and Southeast Press Exchange Centre and the China-Latin America Press Exchange Centre gathered for two-days in China’s Fujian province to tour the beautiful egret island.
The journalists from the two centres were not only to tour in Xiamen, but also attended the briefing session for Chinese and international media organisations of the BRICS Xiamen Summit.
The press conference revealed the BRICS Summit would take place in Xiamen in September this year which Chinese President Xi Jinping announced in a meeting in India last October.

Over 30 journalists from China, South Asia and Southeast Asia Press Exchange Centre and the China-Latin America Press Exchange Centre visit the oldest fishing port in Xiamen. 

Standing Committee Member of the Communist Party of China Fujian Provincial Committee Mr Pei Jinjia told domestic and international media they would be impressed by the beautiful city after touring around Xiamen.
“I believe that the journalists from the China, South Asia and Southeast Press Exchange Centre and the China-Latin America Press Exchange Centre will be immersed in its charm during the visit.”
“We have formulated detailed plans to facilitate accommodation, transport, meals and work for delegates and media. Apart from sufficient quality hotels we will provide safe and convenient transport, a press centre and media working areas,” he said.
Some journalists said Xiamen was a modernised industrial structure with highly modern service sectors. Most people were nice and the city was inclusive.
Nowadays, Xiamen is a national model for eco-protection, ranking the 4th among the large and medium sized cities for air quality.
Mrs Zhang Shibiao, a guide, told more than 30 journalists at 9:30am on May 21 that the Shapowei Art Western Area was the oldest fishing port in the city prior to the Ming dynasty.
This rich heritage of the fishing port has turned Shapowei into a community like no other.
The tour guide then brought us to one more place in Xiamen’s Zengcuo’an Cultural and Creative District that is part of an area zoned for the development of tourism, culture and education.
At present, Zengcuo’an Cultural and Creative District contains over 1,500 shops, employs nearly 10,000 people, and receives more than 10 million visitors a year.
Zengcuo’an is not only a famous site, but also the home of a native population of about 1,500 people in 465 households.
Journalists also had an opportunity to visit the Shuzhuang Garden that was built in 1913 by Taiwanese business Lin Erjia at a cost of 250,000 silver dollars. The garden consists of two parts, the sea hiding part and the hill supplementing part.
The garden also houses the Kulangsu Piano Museum, which displays close to 100 vintage pianos collected by patriotic overseas Chinese Hu Youyi.
The exhibits include a priceless gold plated piano, the world’s earliest triangular piano, and the world’s first and largest upright piano.
The south Fujian province region with Xiamen as the geographic centre is the ancestral home to over 70 percent of Taiwan residents. About 120 thousand Taiwan compatriots currentlylive and work in Xiamen.
Xiamen’s pursuit of development is about to turn a new chapter. Building upon its Special Economic Zone status, it has been newly designated as part of Fujian Pilot Free Trade Zone, which enables the city to deepen interactions with the rest of the world.

By Khonesavanh Latsaphao
(Latest Update June 24, 2017)

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