Xiamen Travel Guide

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Xiamen Things to Do

  • Beach walk near the University

    Great piece of coastline along the south part of Xiamen. Probably best with a pair of flip flops, they don't necessarily keep the beach free from rubbish.

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  • Beach Walk (12): Pedestrian Bridges on...

    These are some of the pedestrian bridges in Xiamen beach that I walked through after the Music Square. It was still a 40 minute walk until I reached Haiyun Terrance from the Music Square. It was a wonderful walk with sea breeze and the smell of the ocean.After 7KM's beach walk, I took a local bus 29 at Haiyu Terrace...

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  • Beach Walk (11): Music Square and Beach

    Walking along the beach, I discovered the Music Square in Xiamen. The music Square was the venue to host the 4th World Choir Games on 10 July 2006. Hu Jintao, the Prime Minister of China, welcomed the choir member from around the world gather here in Xiamen, singing for peace, development, cooperation and extolling solidarity, friendship and...

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  • Beach Walk (10): Beach Corridor & Arts

    Along the Xiamen beach, you will find corridors that are facing the ocean. Many of them are nicely built with wood. It is a perfect place to rest and enjoy the nature sound of the ocean. In addition, modern art sculptures are exhibited around the beaches. They make you more welcoming with entertaining. Don't miss.NEXT: MUSIC SQUARE AND BEACH

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  • Beach Walk (9): Xiamen Water Sports...

    I was surprising to see Xiamen has a Water Sport Center, where you can find all sorts of water sports equipment in this center. One of the famous sport is Kite Surfing. Due to its clear waters, long and wide sandy beaches as well as its stable winds, this place is the hotspot of kite surfers from all over China and abroad. It has hosted various...

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  • Beach Walk (8): Jiali Seafood Restaurant...

    After walking 800m along the beach from Kingsoak Cellar, I reached Jiali Seafood Restaurant & Resort. There is nothing fancy about this restaurant or the resort, but it has a nicely built bridge that allow people to fish and enjoy the ocean views. This is one part that I enjoyed the most during the entire beach walk. The bridge links to the other...

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  • Beach Walk (7): Kingsoak Cellar

    Walking along the beach, I saw the Kingsoak Cellar, a wooded architectural building. The local is living a luxury lifestyle having the cellar that stores wines from all over the world. The dinning hall is facing the ocean and serving western food like pasta, steaks, and etc. If you want a romantic evening dinner with your love one, this could be a...

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  • Beach Walk (6): Xiamen Calligraphy...

    After a long walk on the Pearl Beach, I passed by the Xiamen Calligraphy Square. It is a beautiful square with curves calligraphy stones. I did not read those calligraphy because the wording is too small to read. Locals enjoy doing varieties of activities here including practicing calligraphy, playing Chinese chase games, cycling, and etc. There...

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  • Beach Walk (5): Beach & Wedding Memory

    The beach at Xiamen coast is also famous being chosen as the location to take wedding photos. I had the opportunities to see many young marriage couples to take photos along the beach. One young lady is wearing the mermaid costume and being held by her partner during winter afternoon. Other brides and grooms had worn western wedding dress to use...

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Xiamen Hotels

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Xiamen Restaurants

  • Local Cafe

    I had tea and bakery in this cafe. It is a classical and a nice cafe to hang out to taste the local bakery with coffee and cake or tea. At the front of the cafe, they have a take out counter of its pastry, and shop selling the cafe's souvenirs. Miss Zhao was born in a rich family of Gulangyu, the island of Xiamen and had migrated to Southeast Asia...

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  • Authentic Indian food in the heart of...

    So if you live in China or have been here for a while sometimes you get a craving for some other kind of food. In my case (coming from London!) it was Indian and so when my neighbour mentioned this place we decided to go there to celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary. The location is a bit bizarre,not in a tourist area and not that convenient for...

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  • Fresh roasted coffee beans daily.

    This place is brand new, and will open soon, but I had the luxury to try it out already as I know the owner and it's amazing. They roast their coffee beans every morning and have the freshest coffee I've ever had, and not just in China that is. Aileen's cafe is actually more than just coffee they call it a cafe and wine bar meaning if your looking...

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  • Mexican Food in Xiamen

    This is one of the best Western style restaurants located in Xiamen, serving up real Mexican food, great Margaritas and some special items that are not Mexican; but by popular demand of their loyal customers they did it......like UK Style Fish & Chips, a few Pizzas, Hamburgers and Hot Dogs.....Grilled and last but not least, the best Cheesecake....

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  • Street Food

    This is one of my favourite street snacks when I was in Taiwan. Now I am glad to find the same thing in China, although it is not that delicious comparing to those at home, I would still want to recommend you.Inside there is peanut candy powder, cilantro, and ice cream. Sweet and a little bit salty, it combine both flavour perfectly.

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  • Peanut Soup

    The most famous peanut soup in town. Mr. Huang started up his food stand around 1940s. From a food stand to a small chain restaurant in Xiamen, I believe this is great success.The only thing I really want to complain about this place is their service. That is why I lower their rank, since I can find similar food somewhere else with a lot better...

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Xiamen Nightlife

  • Live music and nightclubs in Xiamen

    If you are looking for live music with food and your favourite tipple then head to Hai Wan gong yuan whilst you are in Xiamen. Located at the sea front and overlooking Hai Cang on the mainland it is a great place to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. At one end is the Me & You 2 bar serving draft beers along with pretty good pizza's and a live...

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  • Bar Street

    Guan Ren Lu is the main go-to bar street in Xiamen, and the oldest (ask a taxi driver to take you to "Marco Polo" and the bars are behind the hotel). The first bar on the street was the Orient bar and is still open for business and serves Tiger and Murphys on draft as well as the usual array of bottled beers and spirits. The Londoner was the second...

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  • ZhongShan Lu

    Comparing to my Shenzhen, glamours Shanghai, dazzling Hong Kong, Xiamen is a lot quiet and peaceful since it has only about 2 million in population. Yet, there are not really a lot to do after dark, but Zhongshan Lu night market is really a nice place to go to. There are fashionable Paris Spring Department Store, delicious street food, and souvenir...

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Xiamen Transportation

  • Ferry to Gulangyu: Lundu Terminal

    To visit Gulangyu Island, you can take a ferry from Lundu Terminal (轮渡码头) across the street of Zhongshan Road, or ride a bus that goes to Lundu Terminal (try to recognize the Chinese character of Lundu Terminal so you can read the bus route at any bus stops). When you reach the terminal, you buy the ticket (Y8) at a...

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  • Electric Buggy in Gulangyu Island

    On Gulangyu Island, you won't find any cars or buses on its streets. The only public transportation on the Island is the electric tourist buggy that circle around the island coasts. The following is the route of the electric buggy: 1) Shuzhuang Garden ( main tourist areas including beaches, Shuzhuang Garden, Sunlight Rock, Haoyue Garden, Character...

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  • Hubin Long Distance Bus Station

    Hubin Long Distance Bus Station is the main bus station in Xiamen Island. The bus that I took from Shenzhen arrived at this station. Also, I took a bus from here to Shuyang (书洋), Fujian Tulou of Nanjing District. You can get a direct bus to Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Guilin, Nanning, Suzhou, Shanghai, and other small town in...

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Xiamen Shopping

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  • Colonial Style Luxury Mall

    Zhong Hua Square is located between Siming Nan Lu and Zhongshan Lu. I got off the bus 29, and saw this colonial style building lined with shops with colorful illuminated lights right across the street of the Millennium Harbor View Hotel. Inside the mall, it has many luxury brand boutique shops, watch shops, furniture shops, and other lifestyle...

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  • Shopping at Gulangyu

    In the evening, I had time to do window shopping on the Gulangyu Island. There are many shops on the island mostly to meet the tourist demand. Generally, there are many gift shops selling local gifts, postcards and souvenirs. Gulangyu travel guide book with stamps are very popular among the domestic tourists. The guide books come with different...

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  • Only When if you need

    Xiamen is not the place for shopping at all.There are some soveniour shops on the island where you can buy many kinds of shells if you are intrestedZhongsan Lu is the main shopping street in the city which is full of mid and up range stores and some brands stores not only Chinese but also from Europe and Hong Kong.There you can buy all kinds of...

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Xiamen Local Customs

  • The Origin of The Mooncake Gambling...

    " The custom of tossing dice to compete for Zhuangyuan dates back to the Sui and Tang Dynasties. It starts as a game designed by scholars who craved success in the imperial examinations. The names of the dice combinations originated from the imperial examination system, with the highest being "Zhuangyuan" (No.1 Scholar), followed by two "Duitang"...

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  • Siestas in China?

    Yes, that's right. It's called xiuxi or wushui in Chinese, and it is very commonplace. Just after lunchtime, you will find most Chinese taking a nap. Anywhere will do! I have seen the workmen resting in the shade on the grass or even on the pavement. Shop workers simply place their heads on the counter in their shops! Most schools and some offices...

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  • Children at play - local games

    At Gulangyu, time seems to stop. You can see children in school at play - with traditional local games. Compared with the standard video games, now also prevalent all over China, it is a nice change to watch simple games that do not require any electronic monitor or expensive sports equipment. Bring back fond memories of childhood games.

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Xiamen Warnings and Dangers

  • Your Respect?!

    Please show your respect to Buddha since you are in a temple. Please do not keep throwing you coins to the pagoda or pool like those people in the photo! This is really disrespectful.

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  • Trap of different living standards

    Like all tourist attraction venues, there would be vendors selling souvenirs outside the exit. Dont take the price that they quote you as the final price, although it may sound very cheap to you already. The price can be cheaper. Sometimes more than 50%.

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  • The common worry in travel - Pickpocket

    When we were at Xiamen city, in front of the Xiamen station, we were identified by a group of pickpockets as potential victims. They pretended that they dont know one another. One of them approached us and started a conversation by asking us whether we want to hire his service as a guide in Xiamen. He can bring us to a place and he has an offer on...

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Xiamen Off The Beaten Path

  • Gulangyu: Longshan Cave

    Longshan Cave is one of the two underground tunnel pedestrian walkways that link between Sanming Road and Neicuo'an Road cuts thru Bijia Mountain. I discovered this cave around 7pm, dark with dim lights. Residents walk through the tunnel mostly heading toward to Neicuo'an Road from the waterfront, mostly locals walked home from work thru the...

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  • Hu Li Shan Fortress

    There is one cannon, which has been recognised to be largest in the world, antique from Qing Dynasty. There used to be two, but one was melted during the crazy culture revolution in mid-60s. Also, this fortress used to be a barrack during the Qing Dynasty. During the China-Japan war, this cannon had successfully destroy one Japanese ship. The...

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  • Homeland Taiwan, just a few KM away

    You could take a short boat trip from Xiamen to have a look Kinmen. Due to anachronistic reason, people from both sides of the sea are not allowed to contact with each other for more than 50 years. Thanks to governments from both sides, now they are able to meet each other as much as they want.Kinmen is an island under Taiwan (R.O.C)...

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Xiamen Favorites

  • 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...

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  • Break for a drink

    While exploring the city it is always good to stop for a few minutes at a small market on the streets of Xiamen for a drink when you are thirsty.The soft drinks in refundable bottles would cost only 1yuan , the cheapest way to have drink.

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  • exploring gulangyu on foot

    just walk around the island and explore this beautiful island full of parks , sea views and beutiful nature

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  • Apr 13, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    this is my second travel to china, first in shanghai, then this time in xiamen. i found shanghai as most tourist friendly than xiamen. In xiamen, if you do not know how to read in chinese, you will get lost! how much more if you do not understand nor speak their dialect. The bus directions at each stations dont have english letter equivalents unlike in shanghai. the seightseing bus tour doesnt have a different spoken languages guide,unlike in shanghai where you can choose a language translation through the earphones provided. Not to mention a rude king-long #957 bus driver in xiamen that yells at us when we tried to ask for a direction that every body at the bus started looking at us, its good that someone in that bus understands english and showed us where to stop for our next destination.

 
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