Xiamen, or Amoy as some call it, is a small city by Chinese standards being home to only around 600,000 people but it can still get pretty busy being a popular tourist destination for many Chinese. It’s an attractive coastal city, clean and has a certain charm about it not seen in other Chinese cities I have been.
In the 1840’s the British invaded the area and began colonising, open the port for trade, and soon after many other western countries came into town and established colonies. The memories of this past can be seen in the beautiful old colonial style buildings that can be found throughout the city. In 1938 the Japanese invaded and took over the city until 1945. It’s perhaps that unfortunate past, via the constructions of the era and the hot climate that’s left it with kind of mediterranean feel.