Thousands of Plants, and Tens of Thousands of Fireflies
Xiamen's balmy subtropical climate makes it the perfect city to host this treasure trove of botanical specimens from around China and the world, 6,500 in all. The Xiamen Botanical Gardens (园林植物园) cover five square kilometers on the verdant northern slope of Ten Thousand Stone Mountain (万石山). For around 40 RMB, guests can spend the better part of the day exploring this vast park and its many themed zones, which include palms, bamboo, roses, cacti, medicinal plants, and a flower house. The botanical garden main entrance is at 2 Huyuan Road 虎园路2号.
Those who hike to the top of the mountain can hike down the other side to Nanputuo Temple. Those wishing to save their legs can take the cable car. Parents worried that plants alone aren't enough to interest their children can take them to Xiamen's newly opened Firefly Park (萤火虫公园), a hands-on nighttime-only park lit with thousands of tiny LEDs and tens of thousands of fireflies. The park is on the other side of the mountain from the botanical gardens, on Wenzeng Road in Yiqing Valley (怡情谷文曾路).