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Jimei University

Jimei is one of the six districts in Xiamen. It is situated in the north of Xiamen Special Economic Zone, 17 kilometers (about 11 miles) away from the city center. It locates opposite toChenjiageng Garden Xiamen Island and is at the foot of Tianma Mountain facing the sea on three sides. Jimei is the hometown of Mr. Tan Kah Kee (Chen Jiageng) (1874-1961), a renowned educator and leader of overseas Chinese. Nowadays, Jimei is one of the four most popular tourist sites of Xiamen City, especially for its academic atmosphere as well as pretty natural and social sights.

Jimei University

The most remarkable feature is surely the Jimei University founded by Mr.Tan Kah Kee in 1913. It occupies an area of over 10 hectares (about 25 acres) on a variety of various levels and schools ranging from primary to higher education and from traditional to vocational schools. There is no other project in China could match it.

Jimei University is the amalgamation of five former colleges. Now it is the major center of education and culture in Xiamen and has been given the general designation-Jimei Study Village. The buildings in Jimei Study Village are a combination of eastern and western styles. They face the beautiful seashore and are attractive places for visitors. Recently, Jimei Study Village has been selected as a protected cultural relic of the nation together with another spot in Jimei, Ao Yuan.

Ao Yuan, lying on the southeastern seashore of Jimei University, was built from 1950. The 18 meters high(about 59 feet) Jimei Liberation Monument and the tomb of Mr. Tan are sited in Ao Yuan. There is a corridor extending from the entrance to the garden. The side walls of the corridor are inscribed with groups of carvings. In addition, various kinds of stone inscriptions can be found all over the garden.

Compared with the gorgeous structures in Jimei University, a two-storey building appears simple and plain, this is the former residence of Tan Kah Kee. Mr. Tan had made many contributions to the education career. He had set up more than 100 schools, however, he always lead a frugal and simple life. To the west of Mr Tan's residence is a display charting his life story.

Jimei-Natural BeautyGuilai Tang is to the south of the former residence of Tan Kah Kee in Jimei University. It was built according to the wish of Mr. Tan. He wished to provide a place for the overseas Chinese to get together when they returned to their homeland. Guilai Tang was finished one year later after Mr. Tan passed away. It occupies an area of more than 4,000 square meters (about 4,784 square yards) and the main body is in a traditional palace style. In front of Guilai Tang, there is Guilai Yuan constructed in 1983, and a bronze statue of Tan Kah Kee stands in the garden.

 

Jimei University Tour

In addition to the spots mentioned above, Jiageng Park, Dragon Boat Pond, Yanping Gulei, Crocodile Garden, etc. are also appealing to visitors.

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