The next stop was Xiamen, in the Fujian province. This is less known tourist destination, visited mainly by Chinese. We saw only 2 or 3 Westerners there. Many tours have certain Taiwnese islands as destination but we went only to the nearby Gulangyu Island, a former international settlement dominated by Western architecture.
All restaurants presented the ingredients in such fashion.
Not all inhabitants are lucky enough to enjoy the tropical lanscape.
The main reason of stopping in Xiamen was to visit some traditional mountain villages nearby.
Such terraces we haven’t seen since North Vietnam, which was actually not too far.
The most interesting feature of this area are the Tulous, circular and fortified structures where communities of up to 80 families used to live before the arrival of apartment buildings. Quite an unusual sight, also listed as UNESCO world heritage site!