Xiamen

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Xiamen showing street scenes, shopping and a city

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

Marco Polo Xiamen
Marco Polo Xiamen
5 out of 5
8 Jianye Road, Hubin Bei, Xiamen, Fujian
The price is ¥6,488 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
This family-friendly Xiamen hotel is located on a lake, within 1 mi (2 km) of Bailuzhou Park and Xiamen International Cruise Center. Xiamen Science and Technology ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (303 reviews)
Highly recommended
"Marco Polo is located in a great area, the breakfast has a wide variety of foods. Staff were very friendly and the pool and gym areas are fantastic."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

Marco Polo Xiamen
Conrad Xiamen
Conrad Xiamen
5 out of 5
No 186 Yanwuxi Road Siming District, Xiamen, Fujian
Located in Siming, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Xiamen University and Overseas Chinese Museum. Nanputuo Temple and Hulishan Cannon Fort are ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (85 reviews)
"very good attitude and service of the staff"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2021

Conrad Xiamen
Kempinski Hotel Xiamen
Kempinski Hotel Xiamen
5 out of 5
No.98 Hubin Middle Road, Siming District, Xiamen, Fujian
The price is ¥12,490 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Located in Siming, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bailuzhou Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Xiamen Science and Technology Museum and Xiamen International ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (190 reviews)
OK hotel, service could be improved a lot though.
"Check in and concierge service were really good, but service at breakfast and lounge bar was mediocre and disappointing for a 5 star hotel. When it gets busy, breakfast staff get really flustered with little organisation of which tables have been allocated, then tables are cleared whilst you queue ..."

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2021

Kempinski Hotel Xiamen
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Somerset Software Park Xiamen
Somerset Software Park Xiamen
4 out of 5
No 2 Jinshan Rd, Siming District, Xiamen, Fujian
The price is ¥10,814 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Located in Siming, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Huihe Stone Cultural Park, Zhonglun Park, and Xiamen International Convention and Exhibition Center. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (57 reviews)
"Excellent .......beautiful and convenient location"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2020

Somerset Software Park Xiamen
Yuzhou Camelon Hotel
Yuzhou Camelon Hotel
3.5 out of 5
No.76 Jinhu 2 Li, Huli District, Xiamen, Fujian
Situated in Xiamen, this aparthotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Wuyuanwan Wetland Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Zhonglun Park and Huihe Stone Cultural Park. SM City ...
Yuzhou Camelon Hotel
Artist and Old Villa 1927
Artist and Old Villa 1927
3.5 out of 5
No. 90 Shang Nan Road, Ji Mei District, Xiamen, Fujian
Located in Jimei, this villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of Jiageng Park, Xiamen Yuanbo Garden, and Xiamen Garden Expo Garden. Xiamen Bridge is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Wonderful place
"Absolutely delightful stay here! So glad I found this place. It's not especially close to the subway, but it's a pleasant 15 minute walk there. Well worth it, too. Along the way, you'll see restaurants and cafés that cater to the college students from the campus nearby. Good vibe. My room was very ..."

Reviewed on May 31, 2018

Artist and Old Villa 1927
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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