BEIJING (Reuters) – Typhoon Meranti slammed into southeastern China on Thursday with strong winds and lashing rain that cut power to 1.65 million homes, but there were no reports of more casualties in what has been described as the strongest storm of the year globally.
“I do not want to die. I haven’t seen the result after 21 years of struggle and effort, and I still dream of seeing this world,” Wei Zexi said in a short video before his death. “I cannot imagine how my parents would carry on with their lives, if I were to die.”
Xiamen, or Amoy is a small town ( in Chinese terms , since it has more than two and a half million inhabitants) overlooking the Straits of Taiwan, and thanks to the advantageous geographical position has always been an important trading port.
Today , despite its modest size , is a cosmopolitan town that has jealously preserved its multi- ethnic past that you can clearly observe in the exotic mix of European, Chinese and Japanese architecture. Gulangyu is a small island in front of Xiamen. The British established their first concession in Gulangyu in 1851, the Japanese and the Americans in 1900 , took into account the possibility of turning them into a naval base , but changed their minds after the conquest of the Philippines in 1899. However, a foreign power after another, began to open consulates and trade offices in Xiamen.
In 1902 was elected a city council composed of six representatives of foreigners and Chinese. Fourteen nations opened representatives offices, including Germany , France, Denmark , Austria, Norway , Sweden, Belgium and the Philippines . Today, Gulangyu is a lovely island with a vaguely Mediterranean climate and a varied colonial architecture that can count on more than 1000 buildings of Western origin. Since the small island of Gulangyu applies a strict ban on cars and bikes, the only sounds you hear are those of the wind, the trees and pianos ( and organs) . In fact, the island holds a special record for most number of pianos per capita.
Images of Gulangyu, Xiamen
Photos: Matteo Damiani
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