Xiamen travel guide

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You're Going to Love Xiamen

The coastal city of Xiamen (or Amoy) in southern China's Fujian province is a tourist wonderland. Galleries, cafes, bars and beaches all jostle for attention in this island city which is emerging as one of modern China's premier destinations.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Xiamen

1. Its Cultural Attractions

Xiamen is a sophisticated place with endless cultural attractions. Some standouts include the jade exhibits at the Xiamen Shinegood Gallery and the street painters on Gulang Yu Island.

2. Historic Attractions and Stunning Parks

From the Hulishan Fortress overlooking the strategic harbor, to the hillside Nanputuo Temple complex, Xiamen is rich in history. It also boasts green spaces like Bailuzhou Park, where every evening sees dancers take to the grass.

3. Sandy Beaches and Exciting Activities

Xiamen has a long, sandy accessible beach (and great sunbathing weather). You can lounge around or try kite surfing - a local obsession.

4. Lively Nightclubs and Music Events

Xiamen is a party town, with pulsating discos like Dushang, a cluster of clubs around Haiwan Park and a student scene around Zhengcuoan.

5. Gulang Yu

Xiamen's sister island Gulang Yu can be reached by boat and is a wonderful place to explore, with its painters, bohemian cafes and old European architecture.

Where to Eat in Xiamen

Xiamen is a proud culinary center, with local delicacies like Xiamen fish balls and braised duck with ginger. Explore what's on offer at excellent restaurants like Zen5es, Jacky Angela Steakhouse and XiaoYan Jing DaPai Dang, or just check out the noodle shops on Zhongshan Road. Good meals will only cost around CNY80-CNY100.

When to visit Xiamen

Xiamen in February
Estimated hotel price
£51
1 night at 3-star hotel
Xiamen in February
Estimated hotel price
£51
1 night at 3-star hotel

Travel between April and November to enjoy the best weather - preferably early or late in the season to avoid the crowds.

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How to Get to Xiamen

Plane

Gaoqi International Airport has links to other Chinese cities (and Seoul). Bus lines 2 and 3 run from the airport to the city center and charge CNY10 and 15 respectively. Taxis cost around CNY35.

Train

Superfast bullet-style trains serve Xiamen. The journey from Shanghai costs CNY330 and takes about 8 hours.

Car

Take the G25 from Shanghai, then the G72 at Yong'An, or take the G15 northbound from Hong Kong.

Bus

Buses run into Xiamen from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Fuzhou and are an excellent budget alternative to trains and flights.

Airports near Xiamen

Airlines serving Xiamen

United Airlines
Good (69,481 reviews)
KLM
Good (3,805 reviews)
Delta
Good (30,733 reviews)
Air France
Good (4,361 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (25,043 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (5,444 reviews)
Malaysia Airlines
Good (1,543 reviews)
ANA
Excellent (4,703 reviews)
Korean Air
Excellent (4,987 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Excellent (6,313 reviews)
Philippine Airlines
Good (3,125 reviews)
Cebu Pacific
Good (652 reviews)
China Eastern
Good (6,669 reviews)
Air China
Good (5,755 reviews)
China Southern
Good (5,527 reviews)
XiamenAir
Good (582 reviews)
UNI AIR
Excellent (74 reviews)
Shanghai Airlines
Good (655 reviews)
Mandarin Airlines
Good (19 reviews)
Shenzhen Airlines
Good (84 reviews)
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Where to stay in Xiamen

High-end Xiamen hotels that are worth checking out include the Kempinski Hotel Xiamen, the Millennium Harborview and the Crowne Plaza Paragaon Xiamen.

Popular neighbourhoods in Xiamen

Siming - Occupying the southern half of Xiamen island, Siming features attractions like Hulishan Fortress and is an excellent jumping off point for ferries to Gulang Yu.

Jimei - Located across the water from Xiamen island, Jimei is green and prosperous, with beautiful hiking paths around the Yuewain Mountain.

Huli - The commercial center of Xiamen, Huli features mega-malls like Wanda Plaza, and it borders on the huge expanse of Xianyue Park.

Where to stay in popular areas of Xiamen

Most booked hotels in Xiamen

Langham Place, Xiamen
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
£55+
Hotel Nikko Xiamen
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
£80+
The Westin Xiamen
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
£74+
Pullman Xiamen Powerlong
Good (7.4, Good reviews)
£55+
Mercure Xiamen Exhibition Centre
Good (7.2, Good reviews)
£54+
Grand Mercure Xiamen Downtown
Good (7, Good reviews)
£60+
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How to Get Around Xiamen

Public Transportation

Buses cover every neighborhood in Xiamen and fares start at CNY1 per ride. Ferries to Gulang Yu cost CNY30 and are well worth the journey.

Taxi

Taxis usually charge around CNY3 for the first two miles, then the rate increases (measured in kilometers) the further you travel, but still remaining affordable.

Car

Car rental companies in the city include Li'an Car Rental, EHi Car Service and Sukeda, and you'll find packages for around CNY80 per day.

Car hire agencies in Xiamen

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The Cost of Living in Xiamen

Shopping Streets

The most enjoyable place to shop is pedestrianized Zhongshan Road, where you'll encounter apparel boutiques and jewelry stores. There are malls to visit as well, including SM City Plaza and Wanda Plaza, where you'll find plenty of major international brands.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets in Xiamen include Sanzhen and Carrefour. To give an idea of prices, a gallon of milk will cost around CNY40.

Cheap meal
£1.78
A pair of jeans
£50.14
Single public transport ticket
£0.13
Cappuccino
£3.02
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