Xiamen with Friends
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.
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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....
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,...
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...
China, Xiamen Shi, Siming Qu, No 50、54， Huangyan Road, Gulangyu 邮政编码: 361002
You'll probably get hungry at some point during your day on Gulangyu. The island is not known for being budget-friendly, but it is known for its ambiance, so you might as well seek out the best. The Black Cat Dining Room (黑猫餐厅) is tucked away in...
469 Hubin S Rd, HuoCheZhan LianBan ShangQuan, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361000
Club 1801 is where Xiamen's Fuerdai (rich second-generation youth) go to get down. This is the total Chinese nightclub experience. Cavernous ceilings, booming sound system, techno music, go-go dancers, and tables where customers compete to see who...
China, Fujian, Xiamen Shi, Siming Qu, Binglang Rd, 3号联谊广场 邮政编码: 361008
This popular American restaurant and bar has two locations in Xiamen. The Binglang Road location, overlooking Yundang Lake, caters more to the expat and professional crowd, while the Siming Road location is more a hangout for Chinese and exchange...
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...
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...
Carretera Transpeninsular San José del Cabo Km. 30, Las Ánimas Bajas, 23407 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico
At Flora's, the farm-to-table restaurant and bar, you'll also find Flora Grocery, a small but carefully curated gift shop. On offer are preserves, honeys, sauces, dressings, and pickled vegetables, all made with goods grown on or near the farm....