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XiamenChina

With abundant green spaces and a pretty waterfront district, it’s easy to see why Fujian Province’s second-largest city is so popular with tourists. 

Xiamen, previously known to Westerners as Amoy, is a clean, well-organized and prosperous city known for pianos, pearls and proximity to Taiwan.

Established in the 12th century, Xiamen became a refuge for Ming loyalists before serving as a foreign concession in the early 20th century. More recently, the city has been a focus for tension between China and Taiwan. Take a boat trip into the Taiwan Strait and cruise past Taiwanese-occupied Kinmen Island, once among the world’s most heavily fortified islands.

Visit popular Gulangyu Island, via a short ferry ride across the sea. Gaze at the island’s enchanting colonial buildings and listen for the sound of classical music drifting out the windows. Pianos were brought to the island when foreign concessions were built here. Now the island is home to a unique museum dedicated to pianos. Shop for cultured pearls in a spectrum of colors.

See the impressive 19th-century German Krupp cannon at Hulishan Cannon Fort. It is touted as one of the world’s largest and oldest cannons. Near the famous fort, enjoy impressive views over the Taiwan Strait from the observation deck or check out ancient weaponry exhibited at the Rongguang Cultural Relics and Treasures Museum.

Explore the grounds of gorgeous Nanputuo Temple, which is almost always buzzing with the activity of worshippers, monks and tourists. Behind the temple, find a path leading to the top of Wulao Mountain. Follow this trail for additional panoramic views over the city.

The temple grounds connect to beautiful Wanshi Botanical Garden, with thousands of species of flora spread across 29 botanical zones. Take a few photos of the garden’s unusually shaped rocks or walk along the path leading through thick bamboo forest.

Xiamen is located 68 miles (110 kilometers) south of Quanzhou. It’s well connected to China’s other major cities by train, bus and plane. Many of Xiamen’s best attractions are found outdoors, so try to visit in the spring or autumn when the weather is mildest.

Where to stay in Xiamen

Nanputuo Temple which includes a city, a lake or waterhole and a park

Siming

4/5Very Good!(49 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the mountain views and museums in Siming. You might want to make time for a stop at Wanshi Botanical Garden or Xiamen Mingfa Commercial Plaza.

Siming
Xiamen showing flowers, wildflowers and a garden

Jimei

You'll enjoy the gardens and monuments in Jimei. You might want to make time for a stop at Jimei Cultural Arts Center or Nitto Park.

Jimei

Top Hotels in Xiamen

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Intercontinental Xiamen
Intercontinental Xiamen
4.5 out of 5
No 19 Lingshiguan Road, Siming District, Xiamen
The price is $79 per night

Located in Siming, this luxury hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Xiamen International Convention and Exhibition Center and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Hai Yun Tai Beach. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (37 reviews)

"In general, I loved the hotel and had a great stay in the Club room on the 28th floor. My only problem was that the car service I had ordered via the hotel to take me to the airport dropped me off at the wrong terminal which made for a very stressful return trip. I was surprised at how few of the ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

Intercontinental Xiamen
Hyatt Regency Xiamen Wuyuanwan
Hyatt Regency Xiamen Wuyuanwan
3.5 out of 5
No. 5 Ri Yuan Er Li Road, Huli District, Xiamen, Fujian
The price is $67 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Wuyuanwan Wetland Park, Huihe Stone Cultural Park, and Wuyuan Bay Sports Hall. Wuyuan Yacht Harbour ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (79 reviews)
Wise choice!

"Beautiful hotel, exceptionally comfortable, helpful and charming staff. Best service!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

Hyatt Regency Xiamen Wuyuanwan
Langham Place Xiamen
Langham Place Xiamen
5 out of 5
No. 4668 Xianyue Road, Xiamen, Fujian
The price is $88 per night

Situated in the business district, this luxury hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Wuyuanwan Wetland Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Wuyuan Bay Sports Hall and Wutong ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (361 reviews)
REcommendation for stay

"Nice and good location to stay near to airport"…"

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2019

Langham Place Xiamen

Popular places to visit in Xiamen

Nanputuo Temple
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Nanputuo Temple

4.5/5(12 reviews)

One of Xiamen's most important Buddhist temples, this complex is home to fine artwork and lovely natural scenery. 

Wanshi Botanical Garden
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Wanshi Botanical Garden

3.5/5(6 reviews)

This enormous green space encompasses a number of rare botanical zones and interesting cultural sites. 

Hulishan Cannon Fort
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Hulishan Cannon Fort

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Home to one of the world’s oldest ancient cannons, this military site once played an important role in China’s defense.

Top things to do in Xiamen

Xiamen Private Tour of Nanjing Tianluokeng Hakka Cluster
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Xiamen Private Tour of Nanjing Tianluokeng Hakka Cluster

$473
Per adult
Xiamen City Highlights Group Tour with Gulangyu Island
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Xiamen City Highlights Group Tour with Gulangyu Island

100% of travellers recommend
$176
Per adult
Private Day Tour of Xiamen Highlights Sightseeing
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Private Day Tour of Xiamen Highlights Sightseeing

$404
Per adult
Xiamen Private Tour of Gulangyu Island & Jimei Study Village
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Xiamen Private Tour of Gulangyu Island & Jimei Study Village

$403
Per adult
Xiamen Yongding Hongkeng Hakka Earth Building Group Tour
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Xiamen Yongding Hongkeng Hakka Earth Building Group Tour

$196
Per adult
Xiamen Private Day Tour of Yongding Hakka Village
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Xiamen Private Day Tour of Yongding Hakka Village

$473
Per adult

Reviews of Xiamen

4.4

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 25, 2020

If you have time, take the high speed railway to 莆田.Once you are there, take the bus to 文甲碼頭.You then take the boat ride to 湄州島.Trust me, you will have an even better experience there than in Xiamen. You will get to see the original 媽祖廟 and much mor

4/5 - Good

Ana

Jan 22, 2020

Nice weather in winter, warm and sunny. Locals are friendly.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 21, 2019

Favorable. Next time would love to stay in Gulang yu.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 7, 2019

it's a beautiful city, but this hotel is not good. The second day we stayed in the hotel, we had a buffet dinner at the hotel, and diarrhea appeared on the second day. The hotel refused to acknowledge the food quality problem.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 5, 2019

it's a pretty place..i didn't go to many places to share because i've been there once before..It was National Day this time , so more crowded than usual - which is verrry crowded. And sooo hot...Botanical Garden was sold out. Xiamen Univ too

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Aug 12, 2019

We only were able to see the industrial area and the area around the hotel. The concierge was unwilling to tell us a good place to go eat outside of the hotel so we just dined in and I walked around the area. It's an old school China area, safe

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