Xiamen - China's Other Western Gateway - One of Sam's Exotic Travels
The island of XiÓmÚn, connected by bridge to the Chinese mainland, is located west of Taiwan. While Canton and Shanghai represent the best known foreign ports opened to the west, Xiamen (known as Amoy) was one of five Chinese cities, along with Shanghai, to be granted this status as a result of treaty terms of the Second Opium Wars in the nineteenth century. By 1903, Xiamen became a busy foreign concession, with most of the foreigners living on the tiny islet of GulÓng Yu just off XiÓmÚn itself, and continued to have a large foreign presence, including 30 foreign consulates, until it came under the control of the communists in 1949. Here, more than at any other former treaty port including ShÓnghai, there seems to be something left of the foreign presence and the colonial era and the largest and best-preserved collection of colonial mansions.
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