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
Jimei
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

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.

The 72 hours visa-free transit policy is available at Gaoqi International Airport. Passport holders from the listed countries can enjoy up to 72 hours free transit when they take an international transfer at the airport. As of January 1, 2019, it will be extended to the 144-hour visa-free transit.
Read details about 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit & 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit.

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
Hospitals
No.1 Hospital: No.10, Shanggu Street, Siming District
Zhongshan Hospital: No.201-209, South Hubin Road, Siming District

Universities
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 Nov. 12, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Xiamen Travel
Asked by CHRISTINE from USA | Nov. 12, 2018 10:45Reply
I am a US citizen, US passport holder. Transiting in Xiamen for 23 hours, then continuing to MNL.
I want to stay in the city for a day. Do I need to get a visa? I am leaving from US to XM to Manila.
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Answered by Sophia from SINGAPORE | Nov. 12, 2018 21:57
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No, you don't need a visa and you can enjoy 24-hour free visa.
Asked by prius from USA | Nov. 06, 2018 22:19Reply
Do I need a visa for this trip? or can I transit without ?
Indonesian passport holder.
The route is Los Angeles (LAX) - Jakarta (CGK) with 13 hrs transit in (XMN) Xiamen

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Answered by Nelson from CANADA | Nov. 07, 2018 19:57
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You don't need a visa for this trip and you can transit with 24-hour free visa.
Asked by Kelly from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 05, 2018 17:57Reply
Is he able to qualify for a 72 hour transit visa
My client is arriving into Xiamen on the 1st Dec from Sydney Australia then exiting on the 3rd Dec to Bangkok Thailand.
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Answered by Nathaniel from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 06, 2018 23:28
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If your client exits and entries Xiamen by air via Gaoqi International Airport, he is able to qualify for a 72 hour transit visa.
Asked by s | Oct. 23, 2018 00:47Reply
where can I find the shopping centers in Xiamen?
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Answered by Aba from USA | Oct. 23, 2018 19:35
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Wanda Plaza, located at No.4666 Xianyue Road, Huli District or No.137 Yinjiang Road Jimei District
Answered by Nicky from AZERBAIJAN | Oct. 23, 2018 23:57
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SM Center (as I know the biggest one) Jianhe Road no 399, Siming
Asked by Lorenzo from ITALY | Oct. 19, 2018 06:38Reply
Hello, what's the better way to reach Dapu town (in Yongchun county) from Xiapu?
Thanks in advance
Bye
Lorenzo
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Answered by Ethan from USA | Oct. 21, 2018 19:39
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I did't find any direct bus from Xiapu to Yongchun Dapu Town, and you are advised to take the bus to Quanzhou every other day departing at 10:30 and the ticket fare is about CNY120.

Then take the bus from Quanzhou to Yongchun. There are many buses departing at 06:30 to 19:30. The duration is about 1 - 1.5 hours and the ticket fare is CNY28.

On your arrival at the Yongchuan County, you are advised to take a taxi or the local bus to Dapu Town.
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