Sea Battle Museum & Weiyuan Fort at Humen

Sea Battle Museum & Weiyuan Fort at Humen

The town of Humen holds a special place in Chinas history for it’s role during the first Opium War which ran from 1839-1842. It’s actually quite a famous place in China, where a strong battle was waged against the importing of opium and in that battle a legend was made, namely Lin Zexu.

Many people record that it was due to Lin Zexu’s strong opposition to the import and use of opium, that he saw destroying his community, that led to the first war against the British. As a government official he cracked down strongly on opium traders and even offered British merchants the option to change from dealing opium to tea.  read more

Xiamen Hulishan Beach and Huli Hill Fort

Xiamen Hulishan Beach and Huli Hill Fort

Less than a 20RMB taxi ride from the center of Xiamen is one of the areas popular beaches, which also features a wooden boardwalk which stretches along the beachfront.

This wooden boardwalk, not in shot, winds its way along the beach and ocean front and goes for some way, but just beside this beach is Hulishan Mountain (sometimes also translated as Huli Hill or Huli Mt.), and back in 1894 during the Qing Dynasty they made a fortress out if it. This coastal defence system apparently came in handy when the Japanese warships arrived in 1937. read more