Xiamen

City Overview

Xiamen is a port city on China's southeast coast, across a strait from Taiwan. It encompasses 2 main islands and a region on the mainland. Formerly known as Amoy, it was a foreign concession from 1903 to World War II. Many Europeans and Japanese lived on Gulangyu, today a vehicle-free island with beaches and meandering streets lined with old colonial villas. Xiamen is a tourist city of Fujian Province famous for its attractive seascape. As one of the major seaports since ancient times, it boasts a wide gulf with deep water but without freezing and silting. The name was consequently given, which means 'a gate of China'. As one of the forerunners of the special economic zones of China, the city mainly consisting of Xiamen Island, Gulangyu Island, the north bank area of the Jiulong River and Tong'an County, is connected with the mainland by the Gaoji Seawall, Xiamen Bridge, etc. The city has been called the Egret Island because of the hundreds of thousands of egrets inhabiting there. This is due to the beautiful natural scenery, the fresh air and the clean environment of the city.

Weather

Xiamen weather is mild and pleasant most of the year because the city has a subtropical monsoon climate. In this case, the whole year round is good time to visit except that typhoons influence the weather four to five times during the months from July to September. The annual temperatures average 21C (about 70F) and rainfall abounds mainly in the months from May to August. Winters are mild, requiring only sweaters or light coats in the coldest January. Summers are free from extreme heat, although thin clothes are needed in the hottest July.

Transportation

Gaoqi International Airport is about 10 km from the city centre. It is one of the ten busiest airports in China, it operates 71 domestic air routes to major cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjing and Chengdu

Main Railway Station is located at the No.90, Xiahe Road, and Siming District. Normal speed trains in this station bound for most major cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xian, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Chongqing, and Kunming.

Taking public bus is a good choice for tourists and local people. Well-developed and modern public transportation enhances the charm of this city. Wide covered public bus, BRT buses, impressive sightseeing bus and unique tourist bus form the inner transport network of the city.Dining

Shopping

Xiamen cuisine is the main representative of Fujian cuisine which is famous throughout China. Besides local dishes, food of other parts of the country also can be found here, making this city a good destination for gastronomes. Seafood is famous for its extreme freshness. The location of Xiamen on the southeast coast of China provides it with abundant sea products. Dating from the Qing Dynasty, the seafood locally is always a traditional delicacy make from fresh local fish, prawns, crabs and more, with the flavour depending on the various seasonings.

Herbal Meal has a long history in China and is celebrated at the Lujiang Restaurant in Xiamen. Here, the herbal meal is delicately made according to the seasons and the various effects of the herbs.

Nightlife

Xiamen has a number of modern enclosed shopping malls that have all the usual chain store suspects and large anchor tenants. Here are just a few:

  • World Trade Mall - Located near the train station in the city centre.
  • SM Laiya - Also known as SM City Plaza or SM Lifestyle Centre. Two large shopping malls that are part of the Filipino SM chain. Located at the intersection of Xinyuè Lu and Jihé Lu.
  • Wanda Plaza - Also known as Wanda Guangchang, this mall opened in 2011. Located at Xinyuè Lu and Jnshn Lu.

Dragon Head Road (Longtou Road) and Quanzhou Road in Gulangyu Island is one of the major commercial roads of Xiamen and also the only way to Gulangyu Island. Shops along this street sell art, handicrafts and paintings

Highlight Attractions

Gulangyu Islet

Gulangyu Island is located just southwest of Xiamen City. Visitors can reach it by steamship from Xiamen City in about 5 minutes. This scenic area is renowned for its delicate natural beauty, its ancient relics, and its varied architecture. The island is on China's list of National Scenic Spots and also ranks at the top of the list of the ten most-scenic areas in Fujian Province.

During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the island was called 'Yuanshazhou Island'. It got its present name from the huge reef surrounding it. When the tide comes in, the waves pound the reef and it sounds like the beating of a drum. The island came to be named 'Gulang'. Gu in Chinese means 'drum', and Lang, 'waves'.

South Putuo Temple

Situated at the foot of Wulaofeng (Mountain of Five Old Men) and facing the sea, South Putuo Temple is deemed to be one of the must-go tourist places in Xiamen, Fujian Province. Even if you are not interested in Buddhism, you will find the place a scenic area providing you with a refreshing experience. This Buddhist temple was once called Puzhao Temple (Universal Grace Temple). It was first built during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and was later destroyed in the warfare during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). During the reign of Qing Emperor Kangxi (1662-1722), a naval general ordered it to be rebuilt into a Buddhist Temple and named it Nanputuo Temple. The temple covers 30,000 square meters with four main buildings on the north-south axis. The buildings include Devajara Hall (the Hall of Heavenly Kings), Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian), Dabei Hall (the Hall of Great Compassion) and a Pavilion built in 1936 in which Buddhist scriptures, Buddha images from Burma, ivory sculptures and other works of art are stored.

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