Xiamen for Anyone
Collected by Francisco Aguilar
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.
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...
Ji Zheng Xiao Mai Chang （ Xia He Lu ）, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361001
"Shacha" sauce is widely used in Fujianese and Taiwanese cuisine. It is made of soybean oil, shallots, dried shrimp, chili, and brill fish, and its savory flavors are reminiscent of the Southeast Asian satay sauce. Kaihe uses this as a fragrant...
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...
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...
398 Xianyue Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361000
Qba restaurant serves exotic Latin cuisine and showcases Cuban culture, with meals prepared in a social, open-grill kitchen. Dishes like their signature tapas are exotic and spicy—a treat in Xiamen. In the evening, the restaurant transforms into a...
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...
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...
Siming, Xiamen, Fujian, China, 361000
This restaurant is one of the best in Xiamen. The location is great—on the beach in Haiwan Park. There's a nice outdoor seating area, where you can listen to the band play Latin music. The food is stellar. The beef burritos are perfect—just the...
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...
54 Lujiang Rd, ZhongShan Lu ShangQuan, Lujiang Residential District, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
An elegant restaurant on the seventh floor of the Lujiang Harborview Hotel (鹭江宾馆), Harborview Restaurant 's (观海餐厅) view of Gulangyu Island from the outdoor balcony is one of the best in Xiamen. The restaurant specializes in Guangdong-style dim sum...
22 Zhongshan Rd Pedestrian St, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
Ask any Xiamen local what the best food is in town, and they won't name any five-star restaurants. Instead, they'll point you to the city's cheap eateries. They can be found all across the city, are usually buzzing after dark, and they serve up...
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...
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...
8 Hexiang W Rd, HeXiang XiShangQuan, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361000
Hexiang Road (禾祥路) is home to many tasteful, independent shops selling clothing, jewelry, tea, and coffee. Jingsi Books and Cafe (静思书轩) is one of the more unique ones. A charitable organization based in Taiwan, Jing Si's non-profit shop carries...
China, Fujian, Xiamen Shi, Siming Qu, 定安路37-39号 邮政编码: 361001
Every city in China boasts a range of "local snacks," which are conveniently packaged in boxes for tourists to bring back home and distribute as gifts. Since Xiamen became the first mainland city to normalize trade relations with Taiwan, Xiamen's...
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