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“Interesting for History a nice walk”

Jimei Turtle Garden
Reviewed 14 May 2016

This area is mostly about a man named Tan Kah Kee who went abroad and made a fortune in the rubber business then came back and donated much of the fortune to building the Xiamen University as well as many other schools. The area there allows one to visit many of the buildings that he lived in and also his memorial near the ocean where his body was entombed. Most explanations are in English & Chinese. He is certainly a part of Chinese history'!
We had a guide take us around for 30 or 40 rmb on her 3-wheeler. There are many such people at the gate. Just have to find an English speaking one.

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Reviewed 27 May 2015

You can get there by bus 959/958 (one ride costs 2rmb per person), the bus stop is at the Xiahe road (Xiahe lu) and it's on the opposite side to Xiamen Railwa Station. When you will pass the long bridge over the sea you have to get off at the second bus stop and then... ask people for the way. We had Chinese and Egnlish adress. We asked some young people and they helped us in English.
The entrance costs 30 rmb per person. And... it is park. We thought that there will be some turtles or something else then the museum (I had the feeling that it's really communistic musuem, not my piece of cake). I don't think that this park was nice or beautiful. The view at the sea would be nice but first you can see (and feel) dirty beach full of rubbish. I really regret going there and spending my time and money on it. Only good thing: we found the Muslim resturant and we ate there lunch which was delicious.

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Reviewed 12 June 2013

We went to Jimie on May 26 to watch the Dragon Boat Races, during a break in the competition we decide to visit The Turtle Garden and the Jimie Liberation Monument. We only spent about 2 hours wandering around the Turtle Garden and Jimie Liberation monument as we wanted to get back to watch the races.

It was both educational and pleasant visit and could easily have spent the better part of the day examining all the carvings on the walls. All thru the Garden information from the traditional stone carvings and sculptures illustrated along the top of the walls of the entrance walk to the images of insects, snakes and technical displays displayed on walls throughout the site.

The site was created by a Jimei hometown icon, Mr. Tan Kah-Kee; the late Chinese philanthropist and a celebrated leader of overseas Chinese, who devoted himself entirely to the cause of education.

There is enough space and seaside view to make an make a day of it. You could even pack a picnic lunch and find a quiet area to enjoy a break.

2  Thank Ron D
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

Never thought I would say this when I need to take a hour journey to Jimei via public bus.

The garden is the burial ground of local Overseas chinese Tan Kah Kee who have contributed to the building of modern china through education and welfare for the poor.

The gardens are set by the sea. And it is quite serene to stroll in the garden.

A must visit is the Tan Kah Kee Musuem which is new and provides the history of this remarkable man.

2  Thank Lapi
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

This place was another good diversion from the city. This place is in part an acknowledgement of the past valuable contributions made by Mr Tan Kah Kee to the Xiamen and Chinese people.

You need to walk about a kilometre from the bus stop, along the sea front on the right, the various buildings (connected with education) on the left to reach the 'garden', which was more like an open park with pavillions, portico, liberation monument, and the Tan mausoleum. There were more concrete and buildings than trees and flowers and vegetations in this place than the word 'garden' would conjure.

But it was a very pleasant escapade. You could see the sea all around, and the massive bridges that connect the various islands to Xiamen. It was quiet, and not crowded. The air was fresh and a lovely breeze. Pleasant to walk around.

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