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Xiamen Travel Guide

Xiamen Travel Guide 2020

Xiamen, or many tourists may call it Amoy, is located at southeast tip of Fujian Province. Composed of Xiamen Island, Gulangyu Island, Haicang Peninsula, Jimei Peninsula, Xiang'an Peninsular, Tongan, Jiulongjiu,etc. Xiamen is a port scenic city. Xiamen is praised as a charming "Garden on the Sea" for the city is sitting on the sea, while the azure sea is crossing the city. Delicate scenery with comfortable climate, Xiamen has one of the best environments in China. Surrounded by sea water, with grand beaches and shinny and warm sunlight, the air is extremely fresh. It's also the home to thousands of egrets, and the shape of Xiamen is also like an egret, thus Xiamen is also called Egret Island. Leisure, handiworks, snacks, encounter a cute cat or dog – this slow life is the best travel experience that Xiamen can offer to tourists.

Why visit Xiamen:

  • Gulangyu Island – A romantic little isle suitable for petty bourgeoisie, praised as sea garden, world architecture expo, home to music and the island of piano, Ganglangyu Island is the biggest highlight of Xiamen.
  • Slow Life - The slow and leisure life attracts so many people to Xiamen. Stroll in a fine weather, fresh air, neat environment, swaying palms, and listen to the waves and feel the gentle sea breeze.
  • Xiamen Flavor - Tourists can experience the original Xiamen flavors, and this not only mean the authentic flavor, but also the original selling way. Normally, you need to purchase the food ticket first, then pick your food, just like the old time in 70s.

Top Attractions

Xiamen, this garden city offers many wonderful attractions, which will leave you a great memory, like romantic Gulangyu Island, unworldly South Putuo Temple, one of the most beautiful universities in China – Xiamen University, etc. For more information, please see Xiamen Attractions>>

Gulangyu Island
Gulangyu Island

Praised as "World Architecture Expo" and the "Island of Piano", Gulangyu Island is a romantic island with petty bourgeoisie sentiments, great place to relax...

South Putuo Temple
South Putuo Temple

South Putuo Temple is a sacred Buddhism resort, prosperous, yet you can feel tranquility from it, besides, tourists can tastes the delicious vegetarian good in the temple.

Nanjing Tulou
Nanjing Tulou

Nanjing Tulou is located in Zhangzhou City. The famous Hakka Tulous include Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, Hekeng Tulou Cluster, Yunshuiyao Village, Yuchanglou Heguilou, etc.

Yongding Tulou
Yongding Tulou

Yongding Tulou is located in Longyan City. The famous Hakka Tulous inlcude Chuxi Tulou Cluster, Gaobei Tulou Cluster, Hongkeng Tulou Cluster, Nanxi Tulou Cluster, etc.

Weather & When to Go

Xiamen has a subtropical monsoon climate, mild temperature with lots of rain. Annual average temperature is around 21℃, no chilly winter nor hot summer. Annual average rainfall is around 1200mm, and May to August is the rainy season. Xiamen will be hit by typhoons 4 ~ 5 times a year, and most of the typhoons hit between July and September.

With a lot of sunshine and mild temperature all year round, Xiamen has green trees and colorful flowers in the four seasons. Most flowers blossom in spring and autumn; summer is suitable to play on the beach, winter is quiet with rather warm temperature. However, it will be hit by typhoons around August, and the flight may be canceled and some attractions will be closed during the typhoon weather. So make sure you check the weather forecast before the trip.

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Xiamen has a very convenient transportation, and tourists can get there by flight, train, bus and ship. Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport is located at the northeast of Xiamen Island, only 10km to the city center, and it's a important transportation hub in China. At present, there are 17 international airlines, including airlines to Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Hong Kong, etc. It also has flights to 58 domestic cities.

Travelers can also take trains to Xiamen, and there are two railway stations in Xiamen: Xiamen Railway Station and Xiamen North Railway Station. The railway station connects Xiamen with major domestic cities, like Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Nanjing, Hangzhou, etc.

Besides flight and train, ferry ship is also g good choice. Xiamen has ship lines to Shantou, Guanghzou, Hainan, Dalian, Tianjin, Shanghai, Zhenjiang, etc. In every Wednesday afternoon, Xiamen has ship to Hong Kong, and Hong Kong to Xiamen ship line is in the afternoon of every Tuesday.

To travel around Xiamen, tourists can take public bus, taxi or Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to travel around. To get to Gulangyu Island, tourists need to take ferry ship from Xiamen Island to there, and this only takes several minutes.

For more information, please see Xiamen Transportation>>


Xiamen has various accommodations, from luxurious hotels to economic hotels and to youth hostels and home inns, and the price differs from ¥100 to ¥1000. Besides the international chains, like Kempinski, Westin, Indigo and other luxurious hotels, the biggest feature of Xiamen accommodation is its family inn. Find a small family inn and enjoy a relaxing and lazy trip in there, this is the real Xiamen. Both Xiamen Island and Gulangyu Island have many family inns, and the price ranges from ¥100 to ¥300. Another advantage about the family inns is the good service, and you can chat with the owner and get to know the old Xiamen and the food culture here.

For more information, please see Xiamen Hotels>>

Useful Xiamen Maps

To help you to know more about Xiamen attractions, we have selected some useful Xiamen maps for you. Please feel free to use them. For more maps of Xiamen, please see Xiamen Maps>>

Xiamen Fujian Map

Xiamen Fujian Map

Xiamen Attraction Map

Xiamen Attraction Map

Xiamen City Map

Xiamen City Map

Other Destinations near Xiamen

Near Xiamen, there are many wonderful destinations which travelers can add into the Xiamen tour itinerary, like fascinating Fujian Tulou, scenic Guilin, international Hong Kong and stunning Huangshan.

Xiamen Travel Guide

Chinese Name: 厦门

Chinese Pinyin: Xià Mén

English IPA: ['ʃjɑ:'men]

Population: 3.81 million

Language: Mandarin & Southern Fujian Dialect

Tel Code: 0592

Zip Code: 361000

Time Zone: (UTC+8)

Plan Your Xiamen Tour

Normally, two days will be enough for the essence attractions of Xiamen. One day for highlights on Xiamen Island, including South Putuo Temple, Xiamen University, Huandao Road and Hulishan Fortress, etc. Spend another day on Gulangyu Island. If you have only one day, then you can visit South Putuo Temple, Xiamen University and Huandao Road in morning, then visit Gulangyu Island in afternoon. Besides these attractions, Xiamen has many other highlights, like Jimei School Village, Guanyin Hill and Bay Park, etc. So, it's a great idea to spend more days in Xiamen to discover the beauty of this city.

Most tourists will connect Xiamen tour with Fujian Tulou tour, and it's only three hours' drive from Xiamen to Fujian Nanjing Tulou, a great place to experience Hakka culture. This combination tour normally will take 3 to 4 days.

Recommended Tours

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster
5 Days Cultural Tour to Xiamen & Fujian Tulou

Xiamen / Nanjing / Yongding / Xiamen


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