Local & Travel Information

General information of Xiamen, Fujian

Xiamen, traditionally known in the West as Amoy, is a small and pretty scenic port city located on the southeast coast of China and the west coast of the Taiwan Straits and is separated from Quemoy (Kinmen) island only by a narrow stripe of water. Xiamen city has a total area of 1565.09 square kilometers and a population of 3.9 million and the Xiamen Island (the old town) is about 128.14 square kilometers. As there are flocks of egrets settled on the old town, it is also called the Egret Island.
Xiamen has been accredited as a National Sanitary City, National Garden City, National Model City for Environmental Protection and National Excellent Tourist City. If you step on this ancient but modern city, you will surely be attracted by its charming scenery, tasty seafood, and ready-to-help citizen.
Xiamen is rich in resources for tourism. Lying in the sub-tropical Zone, it has a maritime climate. Each year tens of thousands of tourists from home and abroad come here to enjoy the azure sky, blue sea, golden beach, green hills, grotesque rocks, fantastic caves, well-cultivated gardens and parks, visit ancient temples, and taste typical seafood in south Fujian flavor.
Xiamen and its surrounding countryside is known for its scenery and tree-lined beaches. Gulangyu/鼓浪屿, a former colonial enclave, is a popular weekend getaway with views of the city and features many Victorian-style buildings. The Buddhist Nanputuo Temple/南普陀寺, dating back to the Tang Dynasty, is a national treasure.

Xiamen "Must See" Attractions

Xiamen has attractions too numerous to do justice in a simple list.
Some of Xiamen's more notable and unique attractions include:

Weather Information

Located in the subtropical zone, Xiamen belongs to maritime climate, warm and rainy. It is like spring all the year round with an annual average temperature of 21 °C, without hot summers and cold winters, February is the coolest, with an average temperature of 12 °C; August is the hottest, with an average temperature of 28 °C. Much of the climate in Xiamen is influenced by its coastal setting and the hottest and sunniest weather falls between July and September, when temperatures are between 25°C to 30°C and the beaches quickly fill up. Xiamen boasts an average of more than six hours of sunshine each day, meaning that there is usually plenty to go around, whatever the time of year.