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 AW from INDONESIA | May. 19, 2019 12:04Reply
Do I need China visa for going out to Xiamen for sightseeing maybe 10 hours?
I am an Indonesian passport holder with US Green card. I'm taking a Xiamen airline to go from Los Angeles to Jakarta but transit time at the city will be 12 hours to connect. Can I go out of airport for sightseeing without China Visa? And is traffic ok to go back and forth in 1 hour to city? Where should I go around in the city if I have about 10 hours time.

Thank you. AW
Asked by Emi from PHILIPPINES | May. 03, 2019 23:56Reply
I will be staying in Xiamen Millenium Hotel?
What Metro station should I take going to Wanda Mall? or bus number going to Wanda and going back to Millenium in Zhenhai Rd
Answers (1)
Answered by Amares from SINGAPORE | May. 06, 2019 22:57

Is it Millennium Harbourview Hotel?

If yes, you can walk west about 400m from No. 1 Hospital (第一医院) to Bus Line 659 to Jimeiqu Zhengfu Station (集美区政府). Also, you can take the bus back to hotel.
Asked by Sharon from NETHERLANDS | May. 01, 2019 02:58Reply
Xiamen visa free transit
My husband and I have a ticket from XMN to Amsterdam, flying on 5 June. We will be visiting friends in Hong Kong and plan to fly from HKG to XMN on separate tickets (3 jun or 4 jun with CX or Xiamen airlines) to catch our flight on 5 June. We are both Dutch passport holders. May I know how long it takes to get the transit visa at airport? When I board the flight from HKG, do i need to inform the airline that we will make use of the 144 hours visa free transit? And in case if we visit Tulou area, is it still counted as XM? Thanks a lot!
Answers (1)
Answered by Hailey from USA | May. 05, 2019 18:53

1. It just depends on the queue about how long it will take. Generally, the time ranges from several minutes to 1 hour.
2. If your airline ask for you about that, you can inform them.
3. It seems that the Tulou Area is out of Xiamen.
Asked by agnes chin from SINGAPORE | Apr. 12, 2019 19:43Reply
please advice best way to depart from xiamen to shilong (guanzhou) or
nearest station to transfer by other transport. tks
Answers (1)
Answered by Anthony from FINLAND | Apr. 16, 2019 01:21

There is no direct transportation.
You are suggested to take a bullet train from the Main Railway Station to Dongguan first. After arriving, take a taxi to Shilong directly.
Asked by stacey from PHILIPPINES | Apr. 12, 2019 16:15Reply
how to go to Huaqiao university, jimei district from ibis hotel in xiamen railway station
my daughter is studying at huaqiao university in jimei. How do I go there from IBIS HOTEL? I read that the main railway station is near Ibis hotel.
Answers (1)
Answered by Dylan from CANADA | Apr. 16, 2019 01:13

You can take bus no. Express Line 1 and get off at Huaqiao University directly. The duration is around 40 mins. The ticket fare is CNY2/person. If by taxi, the cab fare is CNY 50 to 60 in the day time.
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