Explore the Enchanting Seaside City of Xiamen!

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Explore the city of Xiamen, a picturesque and tourist wonderland in the southeast of China where seaside colonial charm and urban lifestyle wonderfully blend. Self-proclaimed as China’s Garden City, Xiamen is one of the most livable places in China.

Xiamen is a bewitching city that does not fall short on enthralling visitors. Unlike Shanghai and Beijing, mega cities with explosive growths in the last decade, Xiamen is untarnished despite modern developments.

The city’s clean seas, sandy beaches, stunning parks, beautiful skylines and historical attractions are well-preserved.

Living in Xiamen means enjoying a laid back local life, a welcoming change for most people. The city is diverse with its locals among the friendliest and warmest people in China.

It’s time to be charmed by the enchanting city of Xiamen, but before you pack your bags, read this article.

Xiamen, the Modern Metropolis with a Homy Ambience

Xiamen is a modern metropolis by the beautiful Xiamen Bay and a city with the homiest ambience in southeast China, facing Taiwan across the sea. The city is one of the five Special Economic Zones in China.

An island of beautiful landscapes, Xiamen enjoys a mild, pleasant subtropical climate featuring warm winter and cool summer. Historically known as “Amoy” in the English-speaking world, it is the gateway to southeast China and a hub of cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world.

The city is nicknamed the “Island of Egrets”, for it is said to have been inhabited by egrets in ancient times. Establishing harmonious relationship between humans and nature, Xiamen has been awarded a string of honors, including the “UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour” and “International Garden City” award.

Former U.S. President Richard Nixon hailed Xiamen as the “Hawaii of the East”. The integration of the long-standing indigenous Southern Fujian (Minnan) culture with modern Western culture has resulted in a unique cultural cityscape. In September 2017, the 9th annual BRICS summit was held in Xiamen.

Developments in Xiamen

Xiamen has now transformed into a city with a high standard of innovation and entrepreneurship. With the boom of the new economy and new industries, Xiamen has attracted more and more investors and traders.

Xiamen has also established a comprehensive sea-land-air transportation network that connects countries on five continents. Xiamen International Airport has already opened 182 flight routes, which can take you to all large and

mid-sized cities in Mainland China as well as regions like Taipei, Hong Kong, Macau, Tokyo, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Manila, Djakarta, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Amsterdam, Sydney, Vancouver and Los Angeles.

Xiamen also has high-speed rail links to all major cities in China. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the metro system provide fast and comfortable local transportation. Xiamen International Airport is 20 minutes’ drive from XMU’s Siming Campus and 30 minutes’ drive from Xiang’an Campus.

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Xiamen BRT (Bus Rapid Transportation) now use WeChat and Alipay

Xiamen enjoys strong economic, trade and cultural ties with over 200 countries and regions around the globe. It is a sister city to 20 international cities and has forged friendly-city ties with 11 cities worldwide. Various elements from its sister cities have been integrated into the urban development of Xiamen, such as the “Wellington Road” and “Surabaya Road” in Wuyuan Bay.

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Kulangsu Musical Instrument Museum

Many rare instruments on display in the Kulangsu Musical Instrument Museum are from sister cities as well. Likewise, many of the city’s elements have travelled across the oceans and been brought into its sister cities, such as the sculpture of Xiamen Marathon in the Greek city of Marathon and the sculpture of the Goddess of Egret situated in “Xiamen Park” in the Japanese city of Sasebo.

Xiamen’s sister cities worldwide.
Name Cards of Xiamen

1. Kulangsu

UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, reputed as the “Garden on the Sea”, “World Museum of Architecture” and “Piano Island”.

2. China International Fair for Investment and Trade

The largest global investment event approved by UFI.

3. Xiamen Marathon

One of the most influential and internationally known marathon events in China.

4. Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra

Carried on more than 1,700 wonderful performances in over 100 cities worldwide.

5. Xiamen Little Egret Folk Dance Troupe

First professional folk dance troupe in China, known for its unique regional features.

6. Gezai Opera

A form of traditional opera nurtured and appreciated by both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

7. Tan Kah Kee

Renowned patriotic overseas Chinese leader hailed by Mr. Mao Zedong as the “Flag of Overseas Chinese and Glory of the Nation”.

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Mr. Tan Kah Kee’s monument inside Xiamen University.

8. Xiamen University

Established in 1921 by Mr. Tan Kah Kee, the first university founded by an overseas Chinese in Chinese modern education history.

Xiamen University has several programs on offer for 2020. Search for university programs or get in touch with China Admissions to start your application.

9. Island Ring Road

Main track of Xiamen Marathon, “Gold Coast” for sightseeing, recreation and leisure.

10. Wuyuan Bay

“Urban Green Lung” with water features, hot springs, vegetation, wetlands and bays.



With its breathtaking beauty, peaceful atmosphere, and fresh air, Xiamen tops our list as one of the best places to relocate in China. Not to mention the city has a vibrant economy and ranks high in safety and security all over China.

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