Xiamen Travel Guide

Tour Information

If you are interested in traveling in Xiamen city, here is one-day tour advice for you. You can find contacts and related schedule below.

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Time Activities
07:30Departure from hotel to Gulangyu Island.
08:30-10:20Lujiang River Cruise surround Jinmen Island (Kinmen, Taiwan).
10:30-12:00Sunlight Rock, Bird Park, Zheng Chengong Memorial Hall, etc.
13:00-14:30Nanputou Temple.
15:00-16:00Huli Hill Fort (Hulishan Paotai).
16:00-16:30Folk show: tea or Kinmen kitchen knife.
16:40-17:40Tour on the Island Ring Road
18:00Return to Hotel.

Xiamen City

Xiamen is situated on the Southeast coast of China and to the west of the Taiwan Straits. It covers an area of 1,565 square kilometers with six districts and has a population of 2.43 million. Known as one of the earliest treaty ports opened to foreign trade in the Chinese history, Xiamen is an important window to foreign exchange at the present time. Xiamen has been famed as a hometown of overseas Chinese with 400,000 overseas Chinese of Xiamen descent. As one of the earliest Special Economic Zones, Xiamen is empowered with provincial-level authority in economic administration. Its national economy has experienced rapid growth. Xiamen’s Port has opened sea routes with more than 60 ports in more than 40 countries and regions. Xiamen International Airport has 60 airlines to and from places at home and abroad.

“A city on the sea and sea in the city”, Xiamen is a beautiful “seaside garden”. Islands and islets, cliffs and crags, rocks and stones, temples, flowers and woods all combine to show the city’s natural beauty. The local conditions, Taiwanese customs, delicious seafood and exotic buildings melt into one another. Spring-like weather in four seasons is another feature attractive to tourists visiting this seaside city. With beautiful sceneries and congenial climate, Xiamen is considered to have one of the best environments in the country. It has limitary sea water, vast sandy shores, and bright sunshine. Owing to fine ecological environment and fresh and clean air, tens of thousands of white egrets inhabit here, which forms the unique natural landscape of Xiamen. Also, because of its shape like a white egret, it is also called “Egret Island.” Xiamen has picturesque views and clean and tidy environment. Known as a famous tourist destination, it is accredited as a National Sanitary City, National Model City for Environmental Protection, National Garden City and National Excellent Tourist City. It is generally acknowledged as one of the most livable cities in China.

Xiamen is also an ideal place for holding conferences and exhibitions. The present 9.8 China Investment and Trade Conference every year has become one of the largest international economic and trade gatherings all over the country. Other sorts of conferences and exhibitions are held successively. Xiamen is working toward the goal of becoming a famous city for international conferences and exhibitions.


Gulangyu, separated from the main island by the 600-metre-wide Egret River, with an area of 5 square kilometers, enjoys a laudatory title “Garden on the Sea.” The original name of the islet was Yuan Zhou Zi. In the Ming Dynasty it was renamed Gulang, meaning ”drum waves”, because the holes in the southwestern reefs hit by the waves will make sounds like the drum.

The Dragon Head Hill, Hoisting Flag Hill and Hen Hill stand in a line in the islet. Overlapping peaks foil the blue water, white clouds, green trees and bright flowers. The air in the islet is fresh. The entire place is free from any sorts of vehicles and is particularly quiet. All these render an atmosphere of a fairyland.

The architecture in the islet varies greatly in style, Chinese and foreign. Thus the islet has a laudatory title “the World Architecture Museum” The residents here love music very much, and the number of the pianos possessed is in the leading place in the nation, though there is only a population of 20,000 people. Thus the islet is praised as the “Piano Islet”.

Today, Gulangyu is listed as one of the nation’s major scenic spot. The main sites of interest here include the Sunlit Rock, Shuzhuang Park, Gangzihou Bathing Beach and Memorial Hall to Zheng Chenggong, which are visited annually by millions of people from all parts of the country and the world.

Sunlight Rock

Sunlight Rock is also called Yellow Rock. It is the summit of Gulang Islet. On the mountain, huge and precipitous rocks form many caves and gullies. Pavilions are hidden among green trees. If you go up the steps, you will come to the Lotus Flower Convent first, where a huge rock named ”A Piece of Tile”, sitting on the top, forms a hall below. On the large rocks beside the convent are inscribed ”Wonderland of Gulang,” and ”Number One along the Egret River.” Behind the convent are ”the Dragon’s Cave of the Egret River,” ”the Cave of Summer Resort,” and ther scenic spots. Close to the convent is the historical site of Zheng Chenggong’s Dragon Head Mountain Fastness and the platform for directing the raining of his seamen. Coming to the top of the mountain, you can see the beautiful views of the sea and the mountains, and the Xiamen Island and Gulangyu, Dadan and Erdan are all presented before your eyes.

Shuzhuang Park is situated on the seashore to the south of Riguang Rock. In the 21st year of the Guangxu period in the Qing Dynasty (1895), a rich merchant from Tainan came to Gulangyu with his family and made his home there. He began building the park in 1913 in memory of his native home in Banqiao, Taiwan, and used Shuzhuang, the homonym of his mother’s name to name the park. Now a bronze statue of the former owner of the park stands in the park. Architecturally the park is very cleverly designed by taking advantage of the mountain and the sea. There you can feel a stillness in things moving, and a movement in things still. It presents such a unique scene that you might find it difficult to tear yourself away from it. No wonder the park ranks first among the famous parks in Xiamen. The Nine-bending Forty-four Bridge is the major view of Shuzhuang Park. This over-one-hundred-meter-long bridge looks like a dragon moving through the water. If you are strolling about or taking a rest on the bridge when it is at full tide, you might have a feeling of walking on the sea, coming up and down with the waves.

South Putuo Temple

South Putuo Temple is situated below the Five Old Gentlemen Peaks in the southern part of the island of Xiamen. It was first built in the Tang Dynasty and is one of the sacred places of Buddhism in Southern Fujian. Inside the temple there are the Heaven King’s Hall, the Daxiong Hall, the Great Compassion Hall, all of which are built in an exquisite and grand style.

As to the Pavilion where Buddhist scriptures are kept, it has a rich collection of the historical articles of Buddhism, such as classics, statues of Buddhas, bronze bells from the Song Dynasty, calligraphic works and paintings from the ancient times. Among them, “Intriguing Lotus Scripture” written in blood in the Wanli period of the Ming Dynasty and the statue of Guanyin in white porcelain, a masterpiece of He Chaosong, are most valuable.

In the temple are preserved many inscriptions, among which the stone inscriptions written by Chen Di and Sheng Yourong in the Wanli period of the Ming Dynasty and the one on a stone stele written by Emperor of the Kangxi period of the Qing Dynasty are most famous. Behind the temple, inscribed on the wall of a rock is a large word “Buddha” which is 4.66 metres in height and 3.33 metres in width. And farther behind, high up on the mountain stands a screen of five peaks coloured by green trees and bamboos and marked by serene valleys and rocks of pleasing shapes. They are called “Five Old Gentlemen Reaching the Clouds,” and are one of the eight grand sights of Xiamen. Coming to the top, you not only have a view of the mountain undulating in the wind, but also the view of the sea surging in the distance.

Wanshi (Ten Thousand Stone) Botanical Garden

Wanshi Hill is a natural landscape of lakes and mountains. More than 4,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants have been introduced and domesticated here. Lush and green, the garden is really a “Green Museum” and “City Gardens”. Located on the north Lion Hill of southeast Xiamen urban district, Wanshi Botanical Garden is a unique combination of park and botanical garden. With historic remains scatterring about, this place became a scenic spot for tourists since ancient time. Xue Qifeng, a famous scholar of early Qing Dynasty, praised it in one of his poems like this “Hills and rocks combine all the views and the garden has been claiming unparalleled wonder through the ages.” Wanshi Botanical Garden heads the list of Xiamen eight views by holding five of them. There are also nearly 100 stone inscriptions in rocks. The year of 1952 saw the construction of Wanshi Rock Reservoir around which the Botanical Garden was extented. More than 20 plant plots, flower nurseries and display rooms have been classified. They are specializing in palm, bamboo, orchid, potted landscape and medicinal plants,etc. Tens of thousands of tropical and subtropical plants are cultivated there. It is well-known throughout the world for its fruitful scientific research.


As one of the four major scenic spots in Xiamen, Jimei enjoys a long-term fame for its tourists attractions like Turtle Garden, Returnees Garden and the former residence of Mr. Tan Kah-Kee.

Jimei is a small town on the other side of the bank facing notth Xiamen Island. With Gaoji Causeway and Xingji Causeway meeting there, Jimei becomes the sole gateway into Xiamen.

Jimei is also the hometown of Mr. Tan Kah-Kee, a famous overseas Chinese leader who devoted homself wholly to the education cause.He had started various schools in the town, including Jimei Normal School,Jimei Navigation Institute, Xiamen Aquatic Products Technical Institute and Agriculture School besides Jimei Kindergarden, Jimei Primary School and Jimei Middle School. Equipped with Science Hall, library and hospital, these schools brought the town the name “Jimei School Village” which is renowned at home and abroad. The Turthe Gardeb was built during Mr. Tan Kah-Kee’s lifetime and later was chosen as the place where his grave was to be laid. Mr. Tan Kah-Kee’s residence was turned into a memorial hall and the Returnees Garden with Mr.Tan Kah-Kee’s bronze statue in it was built in his memory. In Jimei, there is still the relic where Zhen Chenggong had drilled his soldiers and the ruins of old Jimei Village–Yanping Old Fort.

The Turtle Garden was constructed in 1950 by Mr. Tan Kah- Kee on the former site of “Turtle Head Palace” from which came its present name. In the centre of the garden is the Jimei Liberation Monument with an inscription by Mao Zedong on the front and a tablet record written by Mr. Tan Kah-Kee on the back.The stone foundation of the monument consists of two stages. The lower stage has eight steps, signifying the eight-year Anti- Japanese War; the upper stage is composed of three steps, symbolizing the three year Liberation War. They are telling the later generations that victories were hard-won and therefore should be cherished. The foundation of the monument is surrounded by gray jade carvings and relief sculptures polished with great care, embodying a concentrated reflection of exquisite workmanship and a unique style of south Fujian stone carving art.

The former residence of Mr. Tan Kah-Kee is situated on Jiageng Road in the town of Jimei. It is still keeping its old looks to be visited and pondered. Mr. Tan Kah-kee was living frugally all his life. No one can keep unmoved when they see how simple those daily necessities and clothing are. To the west of the residence is an exhibition of Mr. Tan Kah-Kee’s life story.