A blend of seaside allure and European city architecture, Xiamen encompasses a mainland and two islands nestled alongside the Taiwan Strait. Modern marvels converge with a cultural core highlighted by a charming beachfront vibe and a bustling nightlife.
Things to do in Xiamen
Visit Nanputuo Temple, one of the most-famous temples among the Fujianese. Stroll through the Devajara Hall featuring the prominent Maitreya, the Mahavira Hall displaying statues of the Trinity of the Three Ages and the pavilion boasting Buddhist scriptures and images from Burma. Admire its ivory and wood sculptures as well as bronze bells and a porcelain Avalokitesvara.
For picturesque water views, travel to Baicheng Beach. Unwind with your toes in the sand, stroll down the boardwalk, take a photograph at sunset or grab a bite to eat at the beach hotel restaurant.
Head to Xiamen University located next to Nanputuo Temple. This educational institution is the perfect place for a seaside campus stroll or to venture through colourful gardens and the xiada reservoir up on the hill. Check out the on-campus anthropology museum containing two large coffins excavated from a cliff in Wuyi Shan.
Looking for a day trip? Spend a day on Gulangyu Island. For the best views of the city, make the trek up to the Riguang Mountain then stroll through the Shuzhuang Garden behind it. Take a tour of the Piano Museum boasting 70 old pianos donated by Hu Youyi and the largest organ museum in the world at Bagua Mansion.
Getting around Xiamen
An efficient bus system provides convenient public transportation around the area. Taxis are the most convenient way to get around, while ferry services provide access from the mainland to Gulangyu Island.