There are many small treasures and hidden gems in the lovely Gulang island in Xiamen. One of the attractions is Shuzhuang Garden, which is an extension of a villa once owned by a Taiwanese businessmen and has some pseudo classical Chinese influences.

 

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There are a few nice features to these gardens, the first – near the entrance – is the "Twelve Grotto Heaven" or "Monkey Grotto", a rocky formation of sorts that has 12 caves and various hidden paths to lead you through the Chinese zodiac and mythology.

 

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After the gardens, the path leads up the hill on to a newly opened piano museum that has more than 30 old and expensive pianos collected by a local Chinese (no photos allowed). It’s an interesting exhibition and the instruments are quite exquisite.

 

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Not too far away there’s a lively stretch of beach with lots of excited locals – the "Gangzihou Bathing Beach"…

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Truly lovely.

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