What to Do around The Westin Xiamen
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With a subtropical climate, lush greenery, and smart urban planning, laid-back Xiamen deserves its reputation as "China's most livable city." An entrepôt of global trade and immigration for 500 years, Xiamen boasts a rich colonial architectural heritage.
422 Siming S Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
Xiamen University's three campuses, nestled between green hills and blue sea, are known as some of the most beautiful in China. Many of the University's structures were built in the 1930's and draw influences from Victoria-era and traditional...
15 Lujiang Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361001
Why don't all ferry boats look like this? This boat is arguably one of the highlights of going to Gulangyu Island. Definitely pay the 1RMB to go to the top deck. The fact that the trip is only 7 minutes is quite sad, but at least you'll need to...
China, Fujian, Xiamen Shi, Siming Qu, 大学路 邮政编码: 361005
Huandao Road (环岛路), Xiamen Island's oceanfront ring road, is an important transportation thoroughfare and a popular destination in its own right. You can travel it by bus, taxi, or foot, but bicycles are the most popular choice with tourists....
China, Fujian Sheng, Xiamen Shi, Huli Qu, 环岛干道辅路
Having only opened in 2011, Xiamen's Shinegood Museum (上古文化艺术馆) may be new, but its contents are anything but. This museum on the eastern end of Xiamen island brings together thousands of pieces once held by private collectors into China's largest...
493 Siming S Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
One of the world's largest diasporas is that of the Chinese, or as those still on the mainland call them, Huaqiao. The first several waves of these "Overseas Chinese" emigrated from the southeastern coastal provinces of Guangdong and Fujian, and...
Tianwei Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
Instead of visiting the park during the day, try to arrive just as the sun begins to set for a different experience. The waterfront gardens light up when it gets dark, providing a sparkling, romantic setting. There is a bonsai garden to admire,...
Siming, Xiamen, China, 361000
Established in 1998, the award-winning Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra is one of China's best concert ensembles and is the only non–state owned orchestra in China. Alongside weekend symphonies, the group's fall roster includes concerts by the...
19 Huyuan Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361003
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...
Haicang, Xiamen, China
For the travel-weary, a relaxing day at Riyuegu Hot Springs (日月谷温泉) is exactly what the doctor ordered. This exquisitely designed, family-friendly resort is a subtropical paradise. Kids will enjoy wandering the paths through the forest and...
Zhong Shan Lu, ZhongShan Lu ShangQuan, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361000
Every Chinese city these days has a "historic pedestrian shopping street," and Zhongshan Road (中山路) is Xiamen's. In its favor, it collection of historic buildings from Xiamen's colonial period combining Western architectural styles with seaside...
45 Huangyan Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
I'm a big fan of random museums. On Gulangyu Island, you can find the Antique Piano Museum. Due to its location, Xiamen was one of the first cities to have a heavily Western influence. It seems that the citizens of Xiamen went wild for pianos. If...
422 Siming S Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
Xiamen University (厦门大学), founded in 1921 by overseas Chinese benefactor Tan Kah Kee, is renowned throughout China as "the country's most beautiful university." Strolling through Xia Da's (as it's colloquially called) lush tree-lined avenues,...
892, Kinmen County, Jinning Township, 伯玉路一段238號
Kinmen Island (金门岛) is a curious byproduct of modern history. The Nationalists managed to head off the Red Army's assault in 1949, and it has remained under the administration of the Republic of China ever since. Just a few kilometers from Xiamen,...
Xiamen University Baicheng, Siming, Xiamen, China, 361005
Xiamen University students enjoy something most university students don't: beach access! When widening Huandao road where it passed between the university and neighboring Baicheng Beach (白城沙滩), Xiamen's planners chose to route the road on a...
China, Fujian, Xiamen Shi, Siming Qu, Huandao S Rd, 曾厝垵路2 邮政编码: 361005
A good choice for history buffs, families with children, or those looking for a diversion from the typical beach scene should visit Hulishan Fortress (湖里山炮台), sprawling across a hilltop bluff overlooking Baicheng Beach near Xiamen University....
427 Siming S Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361001
Running for nearly five kilometers along an old right-of-way west of the railway station, the Railroad Culture Park is one of Xiamen's hidden secrets. This linear park is a fantastic example of urban planning and creative reuse, taking a remnant...
China, Fujian Sheng, Xiamen Shi, Siming Qu, 体育路95号 邮政编码: 361000
I love visiting Science Museums in other countries. American science museums are fun, but a bit generic, whereas you never know what you'll find in China. Xiamen's Science Museum (厦门科技馆) is actually fairly modern and quite a nice place to take the...
Sha Po Wei, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
Xiamen's local government is developing an old fishing port (pictured) to be a trendy art district. The city plans to keep the local history and culture, and is also building a replica of a merchant fishing ship used during ancient times. You can...
Siming, Xiamen, China
Xiamen is an island, but it's surprisingly difficult to find sailing and other water adventures here. If you're interested in kitesurfing, head to the 59 Fly Kiteboarding Centre (59fly.net) at Haiyuntai Beach. It's IKO certified, and instructors...
Lunshan Rd, Tongan Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361100
Fantian (also known as Brahma) Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Fujian. Did you know that the oldest Buddhist shrine was recently discovered in Nepal, probably dating to 550 BCE? This temple is "only" 1,500 years old, but it's...
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