Last Updated on 2023/02/12
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Finding peace and serenity in the midst of a busy country
Three small harbors in China: Xiamen, Gulangyu, and Kunming. China is known for its bustling ports and massive harbors that cater to its booming economy. However, among the hustle and bustle, there are small harbors that offer a glimpse into China’s maritime past. In this article, we will explore three such small harbors – Xiamen, Gulangyu, and Kunming.
Xiamen is a port city in Fujian Province in southeastern China. It is one of the country’s earliest Special Economic Zones, and its port is a crucial transportation hub. However, a small, semi-abandoned harbor on Gulangyu Island offers a peek into a different era. Gulangyu is a pedestrian-only island, known for its beautiful colonial architecture and tranquil atmosphere. The small harbor is located in front of Xiamen, with a view of the city skyline. The harbor, with its old-fashioned fishing boats and colorful houses, is a charming spot for a photo shoot.
Gulangyu Island itself is also a beautiful spot for a photo shoot. The island’s history as an international settlement has left it with a unique architectural heritage, including Art Deco and Neoclassical styles. Walking along the island’s narrow streets, visitors can admire the beautiful buildings and capture stunning shots.
Another harbor worth exploring is the fishing village in old Xiamen. This village, located on the outskirts of the city, is a working harbor that has retained its traditional charm. The village is home to small fishing boats that return with the day’s catch, colorful buildings, and narrow streets that wind through the village. The village’s rustic charm is a photographer’s delight, with opportunities for candid shots of locals going about their daily lives.
Moving on to Kunming, a city in southwestern China, we find a small tourist port on the shores of Dianchi Lake. Dianchi Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Yunnan Province and a popular tourist destination. The small harbor is the perfect spot to capture photos of the serene lake, with its surrounding hills and lush greenery. Visitors can take a boat ride on the lake or simply sit by the shore and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
In conclusion, these three small harbors in China offer a glimpse into the country’s maritime past and a chance to capture stunning photos. From the tranquil harbor on Gulangyu Island to the fishing village in old Xiamen and the tourist port on Dianchi Lake, each harbor has its unique charm. So if you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path photo shoot location in China, consider exploring these small harbors.
The pictures were taken between 2008 and 2009. Photos by Matteo Damiani.
Gulangyu island, Xiamen, Fujian
Dianchi lake, Kunming, Yunnan