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Notes on the Geography of China: Gulangyu: Photo 31

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The ferries run late. Xiamen, by the way, is the second city of Fujian. (Fuzhou is first.) It was designated a Special Economic Zone in 1980, and despite historically poor rail and road conditions (Mao feared invasion from nearby Taiwan), the city is now thriving. Dell has a plant here for the Chinese market. Phillips is here. Black and Decker. Eastman Kodak makes color films and paper and in 2007 operated the world's biggest disposable camera plant. The airport is crucial, and the city has nonstop flights to Tokyo, Bangkok, Seoul, Osaka, Manila, and Singapore. It also has perhaps Asia's biggest aircraft maintenance center, run by Taikoo Aircraft Engineering, whose owners include Boeing, Cathay Pacific, and Japan Airlines.

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