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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...
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Ju Kou Jie, ZhongShan Lu ShangQuan, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361001
In 1684, Jukou Street was the entrance to a military camp during the Qing Dynasty. It was here that merchants began to sell merchandise to soldiers, and hence became the first commercial street in Xiamen. Nowadays, this is where stylish girls do...
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61 Hubin N Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361000
Take a chance and stroll down one of Xiamen's many food markets. You'll have a chance to experience an authentic taste of Xiamen cuisine. Here are some famous Xiamen dishes, along with their Chinese names and pinyin. Enjoy! Xiamen Glass Noodles...
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Gongyuan E Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361000
This park always has something interesting going on—whether it's a festival or normal local life here—be sure to visit. You may be lucky enough to catch the famous Xiamen Ludao Lantern Festival has probably been held for hundreds of years. It...
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Ren He Lu, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361001
Xiamen has drawn much influence from its neighboring Taiwan. On this stretch of road, local foods from the famous Taiwanese night markets (Shilin in Taipei, Liuhe in Kaogsiung, and Fengjia in Taichung) can be found, making it a great stop when...
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Originally built by the Hakka tribe who emigrated from the north of China over 500 years ago, these fortified villages known as ‘Tulou’. There are over 30,000 across southern China, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites and for a unique...
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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,...
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Gulangyu (鼓浪屿) is Xiamen's most popular tourist destination. Expect to spend the better part of a day exploring this island just off the coast of downtown Xiamen—along with throngs of Chinese tourists. But don't be put off—once you get away from...
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515 Siming S Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
Nestled on the base of Wulao Mountain (吴老山) just next the entrance to Xiamen University, Nanputuo (南普陀寺) is Xiamen's premier temple. With free admission, this Tang Dynasty era Buddhist temple attracts China's devout, and not-so-devout. Even for...
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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...
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Filisur, Switzerland
Going for a drive on a Sunday afternoon in the Romansch-speaking high country in Graubunden, Switzerland, where road and railroad crisscross each other frequently in the Alps, often on century-old stone bridges. I was staying with a...
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From the bi-level dome car, Gold-Leaf Service passengers take in panoramic views of snowcapped mountains, Fraser Canyon, and the Thompson River as they make their way from Vancouver, B.C., to Banff, Alberta. The three-night excursion includes...
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892
No one is quite sure if Kinmeng Island is part of China or Taiwan. For what it's worth, Chiang Kai-shek, left a calligraphy inscription on this island, urging his troops to fight on and to "re-take the Mainland from the Communist bandits". You...
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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...
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Zeng Cuo An Bei Lu, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
Not too long ago Zengcuoan Village (曾厝垵村) was just a quiet fishing village on the south side of Xiamen island. Then students and recent graduates from nearby Xiamen University started migrating there, opening up galleries, coffeeshops, and tattoo...
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Long Tou Lu, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
Longtou is probably the most touristy of Xiamen's shopping streets, but that's unavoidable on Gulangyu Island. The reason to go here is for the atmosphere. Century-old mansions and car-free, cobblestone streets welcome window-shoppers. The...
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8 Jianye Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361000
When you walk into Tutto Benne (多乐意大利餐厅) expect to be greeted with arias by its gregarious, opera-singing Minnesotan owner. A sculptor and artist by trade, he opened Tutto Benne mainly so he and his artist friends would have a place to hang out....
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China, Fujian Sheng, Xiamen Shi, Huli Qu, JiangTou JianCai ShiChang ShangQuan, 乌石浦二里153号 邮政编码: 361006
China's coast is dotted with cities specializing in the manufacture of one particular commodity—be it shoes, toys, or iPhones. Xiamen is known for something a little different—oil paintings. For decades, graduates of Xiamen's art schools have...
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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....
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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....
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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...
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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...
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892, Kinmen County, Jinning Township, 伯玉路一段236號
Taiwanese-administered Kinmen Island just offshore of Xiamen has three main industries: tourism, sorghum liquor, and knives. During the Taiwan Strait Crises of the 1950s, bombshells fired from the mainland rained down on little Kinmen while its...
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Nanjing, Zhangzhou, Fujian, China
In the mountains of southeast Fujian Province massive rammed-earth homes, called Tulou in Mandarin, have housed ethnic Hakka families for centuries. Tulou literally means "earth building" and these structures are very impressive. Dotting the...
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China, Fujian, Xiamen Shi, Huli Qu, Donggang Rd, 2号-101 邮政编码: 361000
Xilinge (喜麟阁) is one of Xiamen locals' favorite restaurants. With dishes ranging from 40-120 RMB, it's a reasonably priced choice. The savings management makes from the simple decor it reinvests in the food. The style at Xilinge is "Sifang Cai,"...
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254 Lujiang Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361001
Sun Dance Cafe is, hands down, the best café in Xiamen. Unsurprisingly, its large windows truly do make the interior sun-drenched and cozily inviting. Divided into different spaces, it invites you to tuck into a corner with Xiamen's largest...
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469 Hubin S Rd, HuoCheZhan LianBan ShangQuan, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361000
Love Angel has become a Xiamen darling, featured in several local magazines for its beautiful European-inspired interiors. The inside is warm and welcoming, with sun-drenched wood and the strong fragrance of freshly roasted coffee. If you needed...
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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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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...
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8 Jianye Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361000
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The entire length of Yundang Street (篔筜路), along the northwestern shore of Yundang Lake, is known as Xiamen's "Coffee Street." There are about two dozen coffee bars along this stretch of road, more or less identical to each other in concept. That...
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Yun Dang Lu, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361000
The smell of roasted coffee beans drifts from the dozen or more coffee shops on this street. Each cafe is unique, and many have a distinctly Western feel, which makes the coffee joints popular with expats and the visiting business crowd. The shops...