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One of China's most beautiful provinces, Fujian has escaped the notice of most visitors. This is because the region, though not too far off the beaten path, is usually passed over in favor of more glamorous destinations like Hong Kong or Shanghai. The city of Xiamen is beautiful, and the surrounding area has some of the best beaches north of Hainan. Gulangyu is a rarity in modern China:
a tree-filled island with undisturbed colonial architecture and absolutely no cars.
The best way to experience Gulangyu's charm is to explore its meandering streets, stumbling across a particularly distinctive old mansion or...