Xiamen Travel Guide

Xiamen Travel Guide

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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 May. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Xiamen Travel
Asked by ALBERT L CHOI from UNITED STATES | Jul. 03, 2019 16:47Reply
What is the best way to get to Xiamen from Guangzhou?
Answers (1)
Answered by Marcus from USA | Jul. 03, 2019 19:48

You are suggested to take bullet train from Guangzhou South Railway Station to the destination.
Asked by Sama from CAMEROON | Jul. 02, 2019 02:32Reply
Postal code for Yu Hong Dongli, Haishu District, Xiamen
Answers (1)
Answered by Steven from USA | Jul. 02, 2019 18:48

It is 361026.
Asked by Hilde Wenzel from THE NETHERLANDS | Jun. 14, 2019 05:47Reply
cruise to Xiamen (1day in port) and Shanghai (2day's in port)
We are coming to China with a cruise ship, "Westerdam" by Holland America Line.
Our first stop is in the city on Dec 9 2019 and the next stop is Shanghai for two day's Dec 11 and 12 2019.
Do we need a visa?
Answers (4)
Answered by Nicole from USA | Jun. 16, 2019 23:30

Yes, you are not eligible for 144-hour visa-free transit. You need to apply for China visa in your country in advance.
Answered by Hilde Wenzel from THE NETHERLANDS | Jun. 18, 2019 00:02

Thank you, but I read something about Transit visa. It is just for one day in Xiamen and in Shanghai you can go without a visa. We are from The Netherlands, so maybe there is a difference......
Answered by Mandy from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 18, 2019 18:08

Hi, if you only stay either in Xiamen or Shanghai, then you can use the 144-hour free visa transit. However, you stay in both of the two cities, you have to apply for a visa in advance.
Answered by Hilde Wenzel from THE NETHERLANDS | Jun. 19, 2019 02:15

Hi Mandy, thank you for the replay. So, when we just go to Shanghai we don’t need a visa. Then we have to stay on board in Xi-amen i think.......
It is quite expensive to bay a visa for just one day, about 300€ for the both of us.
Asked by Sharon from MALAYSIA | Jun. 14, 2019 00:04Reply
Places to visit in Xiamen during winter - Dec19?
Is it good to visit Gu Lang Yu during winter ? any other recommended places to visit in the city during winter ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Agnes from USA | Jun. 16, 2019 19:13

Yes, this city is warm and sunny all year around. You can go to hot springs and many popular places like above article mentioned.
Asked by Robert from NETHERLANDS | Jun. 12, 2019 04:32Reply
Wich MTR line do I need to come to hotel 1130 Xiahe Road, Siming District, Xiamen, FJ, China
I have a question about public transport (MRT)
This year I make a trip to the city by train from Hong Kong to the city.
I will arrive at the North train station in Xiamen.
From here I wanna go by MTR to my hotel
1130 Xiahe Road, Siming District, Xiamen, FJ, China
Can you tell me wich MTR line I need to come to my hotel
Maybe bus or taxi cost?
Answers (1)
Answered by Roger from USA | Jun. 12, 2019 20:01

You can take metro Line 1 to Lianban Station (Exit 2), then walk south of 700m to your hotel. It takes around 1 hour and costs CNY9.
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