Railroad Culture Park
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Follow an Old Railroad Through History
Running for nearly five kilometers along an old right-of-way west of the railway station, the Railroad Culture Park is one of Xiamen's hidden secrets. This linear park is a fantastic example of urban planning and creative reuse, taking a remnant of Xiamen's industrial days and turning it into a community, cultural, and recreational resource. While the concept is not new (elsewhere it's known as "rails-to-trails"), the execution is exemplary. Great attention has been put into the design of the park, from the landscaping to the handsome brick patterns inlaid in the ground. The old rails themselves have been preserved. Kids can walk along a real railroad while grown-ups can rest assured no trains will come along. The park is popular with local joggers and dog-walkers, and frequent benches designed to look like stations and water fountains offer resting points along the way. The most expensive portion of this adaptive reuse project was the retrofitting of the tunnel under Yintai Mountain. Not only is it well-lit and ventilated, its walls are lined with fascinating before-and-after images of the project as well as displays illustrating the history of China's railway system. It takes about one hour to walk the entire length of the park from one end to the other. Access points (from west to east) include Siming South Road (north of the Overseas Chinese Museum), Huyuan Road (Botanical Gardens), Wanshou Road, and Houdaixi Road (west of the Train Station).
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