Meet the Locals
As i have mentioned on my Xiamen page Xiamen is famous with its University and there are many students studying there form all over China.Most of these students take part-time jobs on Gulangyu island in order to practise their English by speaking to the foreign visitors.By the way you can get great knowledge and good tips about the country , Xiamen city and Gulangyu Island itself.They are very friendly and honest as those students would never try to sell you something like the touts at the other touristy places but only want to speak to you.You might need to take the first step because most of them are very shy and the only thing that they say remains as a warm hello and if you don't reply them kindly and speak more they wouldn't speak to you more.
Keep on mind that offering a cigarette means they want to start a conversation for Chinese people
Jimei School Village
Nestled just 10 minutes north of Xiamen on the mainland this small village is the lasting legacy of Mr. Tan Kahkee, a local philanthropist. After pocketing millions overseas, he returned and began endowing his fortune in educational institutions. As a result, the Jimei High School, a massive Chinese-Gothic structure situated along a lake, ranks as one of the world's most beautiful high schools. A small adjacent park houses a statue of Kahkee. To walk the entire village lasts about two hours.
Xiamen - a Seashore City in Fujian Province, China
Fujian province is very different from northern China. The climate is warm and mediterranean to sub-tropical, the landscape is dominated by banana and ltichi plantations, rice fields and flower plantations. The province lives of agriculture and indutry. Seafood like shrimp, crab, shells and clams define the local kitchen. The food is more spicy than in the North and probably more similar to European style food. I was in this province for a conference on beautiful Gulang Yu Island. From Xiamen City it is only a two hour flight to Hong Kong.
"Fujian's mild, humid, subtropical and marine climate is especially conducive to crop production. Of Fujian's 1.24 million hectares of cultivated land, 1 million hectares are rice fields. Rice, wheat, sweet potatoes, soybeans and peanuts are Fujian's major cash crops while sugarcane, tea, fruit, tobacco, rubber, jute and bluish dogbane are Fujian's important industrial crops.
Industry in Fujian is of considerable dimensions. There are 14,000 village and township enterprises, of which 250 are large and medium-sized key enterprises. The major industrial product groups are building materials, forest products, light industrial products, electronic products, chemical products, machinery products, metallurgical products and energy products." from http://www.fzu.edu.cn/fzu/f2_0.html