Xiamen Travel Guide

Xiamen Travel Guide

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Xiamen Facts

Chinese Name: 厦门市 (shà mén shì)
Population: 4,110,000
Area: Land Area: 157.76 square kilometers (60.91 square miles), Sea Area: 390 square kilometers (151 square miles)
Location: in the southwest of Fujian Province, southeast China
Administrative Division: 6 districts (Siming, Haicang, Huli, Jimei, Tong’an, Xiang’an)
Area Code: 0592
Zip Code: 361000
GDP (2018): CNY 479.14 billion (USD 72.41 billion)

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 'the 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, Baicheng Beach 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.

See also: 6 Best Xiamen Beaches

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

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.
- Last modified on Dec. 30, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Xiamen Travel
Asked by Manish from INDIA | Dec. 29, 2019 23:10Reply
How much it will cost for a taxi from Xiamen Airport to Hotel Dali Century, Hui'an ?
which is a preferred and safe taxi service I can get from Airport ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Gloria from USA | Dec. 30, 2019 19:22

Is your hotel in Hui'an city? Well, the distance is around 110km and I think you can't take taxi to there. You could take bus 快1 Line to Xiamen North Railway Station, then take bullet train to Hui'an Railway Station, then take bus k15 to the hotel station.
Asked by hachlet from FRANCE | Dec. 13, 2019 12:22Reply
commuting from campus to campus
hello, is there a subway/metro line that i can take to go to xiamen xiang'an campus from the xiamen siming campus?
Answers (1)
Answered by Gary from NEW ZEALAND | Dec. 16, 2019 18:50

You can take bus No.751 from Dongyuan Shequ station to Baicheng station, and walk north around 100m to Siming campus. It takes around 100 min with CNY1.
Asked by Alfred from SINGAPORE | Dec. 04, 2019 22:44Reply
Gaoqi International Airport to Anxi and Back to Gaoqi
Hi, may I check which long distance bus stations should I go in order for me to catch a bus to Anxi from Xiamen?

What are the available ways to get to the long distance bus stations?

Is there a timetable to check the bus departure timing from the station to Anxi and from Anxi back to Xiamen?
Answers (1)
Answered by Simon from MALAYSIA | Dec. 08, 2019 22:18

You can take bus 81 to Gaoqi Railway Station, then take long distance bus from nearby Coach Station to Anxi. It operates from 7:05 to 18:45 with interval of 10-25 minutes.
Asked by Steve Holme from UNITED STATES | Dec. 04, 2019 08:33Reply
Cruise ship stop in Xiamen in February 2020
We are United States citizens. Our cruise ship leaves Hong Kong on February 2, 2020, arrives in Xiamen at 800am on Feb 3, 2020 and departs at 600pm the same day (10 hour stop) bound for the Philippines after one day at sea.

1. This appears to qualify for the 144hr visa waiver based on the Hong Kong, Xiamen, Philippines... Is this correct?

2. How does the immigrations process work at the Xiamen Cruise Ship port? Do I need passport size pictures to provide to the immigrations authorities?

Thanks you
Answers (1)
Answered by Gina from CANADA | Dec. 08, 2019 17:59

1. Yes, you are eligible for 144 hour visa free transit.
2. Your passport with at least three months left; a cruise ticket to a third country with confirmed seat and departure date within 144 hours; a visa to the third country if required and the Arrival Card for Temporary Entry.
Asked by Blau from CANADA | Nov. 24, 2019 11:15Reply
We are holding a Canadian passport, cruise is with Holland America.
There are 2 ports of call in China for this itinerary. First is Xiamen (same day transit) and right after, Shanghai is the second port of call staying for 2 days. Do we need a Chinese Tourist Visa if we plan NOT to book a cruise tour with Holland America? Can we still use the 72 hour or 144 hour transit Visa Free policy? Thank you.
Answers (2)
Answered by Chris from NEW ZEALAND | Nov. 26, 2019 19:42

You need a Chinese tourist visa.
Answered by Blau from CANADA | Nov. 27, 2019 10:01

Thanks Chris.
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