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Amazingly, this city was one of the four cities that were earmarked as special economic zones open for foreign investments when China started reforming its economics in 1980's. Today, it is a place you would want to visit. However, before you visit, know a little bit of the city's history as espoused below.

A brief history of Xiamen

Also popularly known as Amoy, the city of Xiamen is located on the People's Republic of China Taiwan Straits. The city is administered as a sub-provincial municipality in Fujian Province. Over the years, the city has worn many hats including that of being the most suitable place to live in China in 2006 and China's most Romantic Leisure City in 2011. The city is popular among the Chinese diaspora who funds some of the most prestigious educational and cultural institutions in China.

Amazingly, this city was one of the four cities that were earmarked as special economic zones open for foreign investments when China started reforming its economics in 1980's. Today, it is a place you would want to visit. However, before you visit, know a little bit of the city's history as espoused below.

1. The city was first established during the Jin Dynasty in year 282 under the name - Tong'an County.

2. 960 to 1279 AD - During the Song Dynasty reign, the city became an important shipping route for the empire.

3. 1387 - The Ming Dynasty built a fort in Xiamen to keep off the invading pirates.

4. 1644 - The Manchu Qing overthrew the Ming Dynasty and up to 1660, the Ming loyalist Koxinga used the city as a base to counter attack the Manchus.

5. 1661 - Koxinga drove out the Dutch from the Island of Taiwan and moved his operations there. Later, the Manchus will rename the Island as Xiamen in 1680.

6. 1912 - The Xinhai Revolution got rid of the Qing Dynasty and the region was merged into a county.

7. 1949 - The city started to be a provincially administered city and later, it was named as a vice-province-class city.

That's the gist of it. You must visit this Chinese city that is more western than Chinese. Actually, being in this city almost feels like being in Paris or Berlin or even New York. It is a place where the Chinese go to experience a little bit of west with their country’s boundaries. Trust me; you will see another side of China that you do not usually see in popular media.

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