Xiamen, also known as Amoy, is a clean and attractive coastal city. It offers a relaxing change of pace to travel in other areas of China. Its highlight is the former foreign enclave of Gulang Yu (鼓浪嶼), a small island just offshore. Gulang Yu's nineteenth century colonial architecture and narrow car-free streets make it a perfect place to wander around and explore. Xiamen is a blend of old and new with the area around the harbour and university containing an interesting blend of local, Japanese and European architectural styles. Elsewhere the city is rapidly being reconstructed to look like a new Hong Kong.
Other sights of interest include the beautiful campus of Xiamen University (廈門大學), Nanputuo Temple (南普陀寺), the Amoy Botanical Gardens (廈門園林植物園) and the nearby Jimei School Village (集美學校村).
Xiamen Daily (廈門日報) & Common Talk
The Xiamen Daily (or Xiamen Ribao) is printed in Chinese. If you can read Chinese then you can read the Xiamen Daily online and catch up with all the news from Xiamen.
Common Talk Weekly is a bilingual (Chinese and English) newspaper published by the Xiamen Daily every Wednesday. It has lots of news about events and people in Xiamen.
David's Guide to Fujian & China
© 2003 David Reid