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Xiamen

Travel Guide
Xiamen showing street scenes, shopping and a city

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

Le Meridien Xiamen
Le Meridien Xiamen
5 out of 5
No. 7 Guanjun Road, Nanshan, Xiamen, Fujian
The price is NT$2,371 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
This family-friendly Xiamen hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Huli Park, SM City Xiamen and Xianyue Park. Datu Islet and Xiamen International ...
4.3/5Excellent! (190 reviews)
"This was a very nice hotel with helpful staff, a great breakfast buffet, and a welcoming environment. Would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on 2021/7/16

Le Meridien Xiamen
Waldorf Astoria Xiamen
Waldorf Astoria Xiamen
4.5 out of 5
1 Lianhua North Rd., Siming District, Xiamen, Fujian
The price is NT$6,574 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 29
Located in Siming, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Xiamen Botanical Garden, Xiamen-Gulangyu Island Terminal, and Xiamen International Convention ...
Waldorf Astoria Xiamen
Mercure Xiamen On The Bund
Mercure Xiamen On The Bund
3 out of 5
96 Lujiang Avenue, Siming District,96, Xiamen, XMN
Located in Siming, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Xiamen-Gulangyu Island Terminal and within 3 mi (5 km) of Xiamen University and Nanputuo Temple. Wanshi ...
Mercure Xiamen On The Bund
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Lagom Bright House Sea View Apartment
Lagom Bright House Sea View Apartment
4.5 out of 5
Tower A Haixia Shimao Builidng, No 182 Yanwu West Rd, Xiamen, Fujian
Located in Siming, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Xiamen University, Overseas Chinese Museum, and Nanputuo Temple. Hulishan Cannon Fort ...
Lagom Bright House Sea View Apartment
Yuyuan Hotel Gulangyu Xiamen
Yuyuan Hotel Gulangyu Xiamen
3 out of 5
No. 96 Fuxing Road Gulangyu Islet, Xiamen
Located in Siming, this villa is steps from Gulangyu and Hi Heaven. Xiamen Seabed World and Sunlighit Rock are also within 5 minutes.
Yuyuan Hotel Gulangyu Xiamen
Xiamen Victory Apartment
Xiamen Victory Apartment
3.5 out of 5
Dongsanli Canghong, Xiamen, Fujian
Situated in Xiamen, this residence is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Huli Park and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from SM City Xiamen. Cultural Art Center and Xiamen Bridge are also ...
Xiamen Victory Apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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