Xiamen

Travel Guide
Nanputuo Temple showing street scenes, religious elements and a temple or place of worship
With abundant green spaces and a pretty waterfront district, it’s easy to see why Fujian Province’s second-largest city is so popular with tourists. 

Xiamen, previously known to Westerners as Amoy, is a clean, well-organized and prosperous city known for pianos, pearls and proximity to Taiwan.

Established in the 12th century, Xiamen became a refuge for Ming loyalists before serving as a foreign concession in the early 20th century. More recently, the city has been a focus for tension between China and Taiwan. Take a boat trip into the Taiwan Strait and cruise past Taiwanese-occupied Kinmen Island, once among the world’s most heavily fortified islands.

Visit popular Gulangyu Island, via a short ferry ride across the sea. Gaze at the island’s enchanting colonial buildings and listen for the sound of classical music drifting out the windows. Pianos were brought to the island when foreign concessions were built here. Now the island is home to a unique museum dedicated to pianos. Shop for cultured pearls in a spectrum of colors.

See the impressive 19th-century German Krupp cannon at Hulishan Cannon Fort. It is touted as one of the world’s largest and oldest cannons. Near the famous fort, enjoy impressive views over the Taiwan Strait from the observation deck or check out ancient weaponry exhibited at the Rongguang Cultural Relics and Treasures Museum.

Explore the grounds of gorgeous Nanputuo Temple, which is almost always buzzing with the activity of worshippers, monks and tourists. Behind the temple, find a path leading to the top of Wulao Mountain. Follow this trail for additional panoramic views over the city.

The temple grounds connect to beautiful Wanshi Botanical Garden, with thousands of species of flora spread across 29 botanical zones. Take a few photos of the garden’s unusually shaped rocks or walk along the path leading through thick bamboo forest.

Xiamen is located 68 miles (110 kilometers) south of Quanzhou. It’s well connected to China’s other major cities by train, bus and plane. Many of Xiamen’s best attractions are found outdoors, so try to visit in the spring or autumn when the weather is mildest.

Where to stay in Xiamen

Nanputuo Temple which includes a city, a lake or waterhole and a park

Siming District

4/5(49 area reviews)

Get to know Siming District and its many features like its mountain views and museums. You might want to explore sights like Xiamen Botanical Garden and Wanshi Botanical Garden, and you can jump on the metro at Xiamen Station or Shangli Xincun Station to get around the city.

Siming District
Good conversations  and crazy eating.

Huli District

You might enjoy the gardens while in Huli District. Gulangyu Piano Art Museum is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Andou Station or Banshang Subway Station to see more of the city.

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Jimei District

The gardens and monuments are just a few things visitors like about Jimei District. Jimei Cultural Arts Center and Xiamen Yuanbo Garden are worthwhile spots to check out, and you can hop on the metro at Jimei Software Park Station or Jimei Boulevard Station to get around the larger area.

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Haicang

4.5/5(3 area reviews)

Haicang is well-liked for its museums and monuments. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Xiamen Tianzhu Mountain Tourism Scenic Spot and Riyuegu Aquatic Park are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Xinyang Avenue Station or Dongyao Station to get around.

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Tong'an District

You'll enjoy the mountain views and museums in Tong'an District. You might want to make time for a stop at Wild Valley Eco-Eden or Fantian Temple.

Tong'an District