Xiamen Travel Guide

Xiamen Travel Guide

Xiamen map

Basic Facts

Land Area: 1,565 square kilometers (about 604 square miles)
Sea Area: 300 square kilometers (about 116 square miles)
Population: 2,520,000
Area Code: 0592
Zip Code: 361000
Nickname: Egret Island

Located at the southeast coast of China, Xiamen is a tourist city of Fujian Province famous for its attractive seascape. As one of the major seaports since ancient times, it boasts a wide gulf with deep water but without freezing and silting. The name was consequently given, which means 'a gate of China'. As one of the forerunners of the special economic zones of China, the city mainly consisting of Xiamen Island, Gulangyu Island, the north bank area of the Jiulong River and Tong'an County, is connected with the mainland by the Gaoji Seawall, Xiamen Bridge, etc. The city has been called the Egret Island because of the hundreds of thousands of egrets inhabiting there. This is due to the beautiful natural scenery, the fresh air and the clean environment of the city.

Being of a subtropical monsoon climate with mild weather all year round expect the typhoon months, this city is an ideal tourist destination for you. It is a typical littoral city with abundant tourist attractions such as islands, mountains, temples and parks, etc., providing you with a full sightseeing schedule. The well-known Gulangyu Island, South Putuo Temple and other areas like Jimei, Hulishan Fortress, Wanshiyan, etc. are highly recommended for a tour. A sea tourist line is also available for you to enjoy the amazing scenery of many beautiful small islands around.

Being the hometown of many overseas Chinese, this city has actually benefited from the contribution of overseas Chinese and its economy has undertaken great advancement. To promote its tourism industry, it has established not only the corresponding infrastructures, but also a great variety of entertainment centers. The folk customs of the minorities, varied local festivals and especially the particular local dishes and snacks are also appealing to visitors. This city, with distinct oriental culture and southern Fujian features, welcomes you from all over the world.

Gulangyu Island, Xiamen
Gulangyu Island
Jimei, Xiamen
This city enjoys convenient transportation. You can go there by air, by train, by coach or by sea. The transportation within the city is also satisfying.

Travel Tips

Dining        Shopping        Nightlife        144-Hour Visa-Free Transit in Xiamen

Most tourists consider the accommodation, consisting of many star rated hotels, convenient. Meanwhile there are plenty of special local products to be added to your shopping list, including various kinds of tealeaves, fruits like sugarcanes, olives and longans as well as sea products such as fish, prawns, crabs, abalones and lancelets.

Useful Numbers
Police: 110
Fire: 119
Ambulance: 120
Mayor's Hotline: 968123
Tourist Complaints: 0592-5318985
Taxi Complaints: 0592-5615610
Consumer Complaints: 12315

Bank of China on Gulangyu Island
Bank of China on Gulangyu Island
 Credit cards including Master Card, Visa, American Express, JCB, etc. are convenient to use in many appointed hotels, large restaurants or shopping malls, etc. and ATMs are readily available for you to use Chinese cards. You can have currency exchange or withdraw cash from the Bank of China. Following is Bank of China information for your convenience:

 Bank of China
Branch: Mansion of Bank of China, No.40, North Hubin Road
Tel: 0592-5317830
Siming Branch: No.4-10, Zhongshan Road, Siming District
Tel: 0592-2038076
Airport Branch: Inspection Building, Gaoqi International Airport
Tel: 0592-6029270

Post Offices
Zhongshan Road Branch: No.1, Zhongshan Road, Siming District
Airport Branch: Gaoqi International Airport
Campus of Xiamen University
Campus of Xiamen University
No.1 Hospital: No.10, Shanggu Street, Siming District
Zhongshan Hospital: No.201-209, South Hubin Road, Siming District

Xiamen University
Location: No.422, South Siming Road

Jimei University
Location: No.185, Yinjiang Road, Jimei District

Foreign Consulates
Consulate General of the Republic of the Philippines
Consular District: Fujian, Zhejiang, Jiangxi
Chancery: No.2 Lingxiang Lane, Lianhua Village
Tel: +86-592-5130355/5130366

Consulate General of the Republic of Singapore
Consular District: Fujian, Guangdong, Hainan
Chancery: Unit 05-07/08, Bank Center, No.189, Xiahe Road
Tel: +86-592-2684691Getting to know more tips for travel in China, please visit China Travel Advice.

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- Last modified on Aug. 28, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Xiamen Travel
Asked by Mais Rawwash from JORDAN | Aug. 26, 2019 04:21Reply
144 hours free policy eligibility
i will be travelling from Berlin (holding Jordanian passport with Schengen visa) to Xiamen in Dec for 6 days, will i be eligible for the 144 hours free policy ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Davina from USA | Aug. 28, 2019 20:38

Sorry, you are not eligible for it. You need to apply for a Chinese visa in advance.
Asked by Nancy from USA | Aug. 15, 2019 13:17Reply
I will be taking a cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong with a stop in Xiamen.
I am a US citizen. I will be on an extended cruise beginning in Singapore and returning to Singapore. The ship stops in Hong Kong and Xiamen. Do I need to apply for a visa in the US or can I apply in Singapore for a visa when I arrive?
Answers (3)
Answered by Molly from THAILAND | Aug. 15, 2019 20:53

How long will you stay in Xiamen? Generally speaking, you are eligible for 24/144-hour visa-free transit.
Answered by Nancy from USA | Aug. 16, 2019 07:35

The stop is only for the day in Xiamen
Answered by Molly from THAILAND | Aug. 18, 2019 23:05

Then you are eligible for 24-hour visa-free transit. It is not a visa. You can just follow the guide in the airport.
Asked by Jessica from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 05, 2019 06:48Reply
I hold an Irish passport and will travel from Singapore to Xiamen on 13 Sept
And will then fly to Hong Kong on 17th September am.

Will a 144 hour transit visa free transit be possible on arrival into Xiamen?

Many thanks

Answers (1)
Answered by Claire from USA | Aug. 07, 2019 20:37

Yes, you are eligible for 144-hour visa-free transit.
Asked by Ute from THE NETHERLANDS | Aug. 02, 2019 04:36Reply
Visiting Xiamen and Shanghai by Cruise ship
We are visiting China by Cruise ship. Is it possible to apply for the 144hrs visa? We are visiting Xiamen for 1 day and Shanghai for 2 days.
We always sleep on the ship, so we have no hotel.
Here is the itinerary:
We are flying from Amsterdam to Hongkong
Hongkong-Xiamen-Shanghai-Naha-Ishigaki Island-Kaohsiung-Manila-Hongkong-Halong Bay-etc
We are dutch passportholders. The ship has the flag of The Netherlands.
Thanks in advance
Answers (1)
Answered by Dora from USA | Aug. 05, 2019 19:10

No, you need to apply for a China visa in advance in your country.
Asked by Sylvie Rembert from FRANCE | Jul. 28, 2019 21:42Reply
Hi, I am a French citizen, would like to know if with a 144hours visa for Xiamen
it is possible to visit tulou Fijian? Thank you.
My trip will be Taiwan- Xiamen- Hong Kong.
Answers (1)
Answered by Avery from FINLAND | Jul. 30, 2019 00:15

Well, you can only stay inside Xiamen City. If so, you can enjoy the 144 hours visa free policy.
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