Jiageng Park - a popular park built in honor of Mr Chen Jiageng
Last Update: 6th February 2020
Completed in 1994, Jiageng Park was built to commemorate Mr Chen Jiageng (1874 – 1961), the great patriotic overseas Chinese in Xiamen. With an area of 3 hectares, the park is decorated with a construction area of 5,500 square meters.
Jiageng Park Fast Facts
- Chinese Name: Jiageng Gongyuan (嘉庚公园)
- Area: 3 x hectares
- Things to do there: Photography, Architecture, Reliefs, Chinese National Culture
- Who visits: Photographers, Architects, Arts Lovers
- Time required: 1 – 2 x hours
What to expect at Jiageng Park
Mr. Chen said he had wanted to build up a park in a clearing near the sea. Unfortunately, this plan hadn’t been put into actions when he passed away. In order to accomplish this wish of Mr. Chen, the north of Ao Park was set up into a park. This is why Jiageng Park is located here.
The 50-meters-long corridor is one of the highlights in the park. The exquisite bluestone reliefs on the wall of the corridor are stunning. They demonstrate 58 Chinese historical stories.
You’ll get a little acquainted with the history of Chinese revolution, and traditional Chinese operas. Twenty-four reliefs illustrate the book of “Maqianke” (马前课) by Zhuge Liang (181 – 234). The 14 chapters in the book predict the following dynasties from the Three Kingdoms (220 – 280).
Standing at the heart of Ao Park, the Monument of Liberation is 28 meters tall. It was built by Mr. Chen. The lowest part of the base is a 13-steps structure. This wide part stands for the peak of life of Mr. Chen from 1913 to 1926 when he set up many businesses and schools. There are 10 narrow steps on the second part, symbolizing that Mr. Chen’s businesses were scaled down due to the imperialist consortium from 1927 to 1936 and the impact of the global economic crisis. There are 8 steps on the third part, which symbolizes the War of Resistance Against Japan. The top part with 3 steps symbolizes the China’s War of Liberation (1946 – 1949).
Tomb of Mr. Chen Jiageng is located in Ao Park. The tomb has a shape of turtle without head and tail. In China, turtle represents longevity, health and auspiciousness. The 15 bluestone reliefs tell the significant experiences of the first half of Mr. Chen’s life. The wall screen behind the tomb is carved with 12 reliefs. They reflect Mr. Chen’s emphasis on education. So do other large stone sculptures in the park.
Best time to visit Jiageng Park
If you’d like to visit the park for photography purposes, the best time to visit is at sunset as it is situated close to the sea.
The best months to visit are from March to November.
How to get to Jiageng Park
A few buses pass by the park. Thus, there are just a few options.
- Rent a vehicle to the park. This is the quickest and most direct option.
- Take Bus L22, 929, 2 or Bus 959 to the Stop of Longzhouchi (龙舟池站). Then, walk to the park.
Additional Jiageng Park Travel Advice
- Opening hours: 06:00 – 20:00
- As at 16th October 2020, tourists can visit the park for free.
- Please wear sunscreen cream and sunglasses with you.