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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.
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Lin Shi Yu Wan ( Long Tou Lu Er Dian ), Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
Winters in Xiamen can get pretty chilly, so warm up with one of Zhang Sanfeng's silky and hot milkteas as you carry on exploring the island. This little cafe has Hong Kong–style milktea on the menu, as well as European-style options, too. Worth a...
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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, 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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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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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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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, 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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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...
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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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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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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...