Amoy's International Settlement | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Amoy's International Settlement

We're just back from a long weekend in Xiamen, or Amoy as it used to be called. It was opened to British trade in 1842 by the Treaty of Nanking, the same treaty that ceded Hong Kong to the British. And though Amoy's international settlement never matched Shanghai or Hong Kong for size, it beats them soundly in one respect - most of the old settlement is still standing today.

Here's a summary of our weekend. I'll start with a brief introduction to where it is and its history, then cover what we saw in the old town and the international settlement (as you'll see, they were in nearby but separate locations). There's alsoa bonus entry on a tunnel network I stumbled upon, and some notes on getting there and around.

On with the history...


Did you go? they have a  largeKrupps cannon,bought in the self strengthening campaign, its now the most complete in the world. In WW2 it sank a Jap destroyer They paid for me to go twice to give advice on it not seen it for a while.

No, I didn't visit. Would you recommend a visit if we go back again?

If anyone else is planning to visit, here's some information about Hulishan Fortress.