Xiamen Travel Guide

Xiamen Overview


As a beautiful tourism City, Xiamen is a gateway to China. Xiamen is home to a large number of egrets, hence the name ‘Egret Island'.  Located in the southeastern coastal area of China, Xiamen is linked with Zhangzhou City, presenting the landscape of Fujian-mapthe Golden Triangle in South Fujian, and faces Jinmen across the sea. 

Facts of Xiamen

Chinese name: 厦门
Location: South of China
Dialing code: 0592
Zip code: 361000
Population: 1,150,000
Area: 1516 square kilometers
Nationalities: Han, Hui, Manchu


History of Xiamen

Xiamen was founded in 1394 at the beginning of the Ming dynasty as a center of defense against coastal pirates. Its prosperity was due to its deepwater sheltered harbor, that supplanted nearby Quanzhou, the port that had been the center of the maritime trade with the Indies. In 1949, Xiamen became a provincially administered city, then was upgraded to a vice-province-class city, or a municipality. Today, Siming is the name of main city district of downtown Xiamen....More


Geography

Xiamen's main topography is downland. Near the sea, there is the small plain. Xiamen island and continent is connected by the sea bank.Xiamen City has a total area of 1,516 square kilometers as well as a population of 1,150,000.

Xiamen comprises Xiamen Island (longitude 118° 04'04"E, latitude 24° 26'46" N.), Gulangyu Island, and larger region on the mainland stretching from the left bank of the Jiulong River in the west to the islands of Xiang'an in the north east. This region accounts for four of the municipality's six district governments; Huli District and Siming District (except Gulangyu) are on Xiamen Island. The Gaoji (Gaoqi-Jimei) Causeway built in 1955—57 transformed Xiamen Island into a peninsula and so it was termed in the heady propaganda of the time.


Administration Distribution

Since 2003, Xiamen Island is composed of Siming, Huli, Jimei, Haicang, Tong’an and Xiang’an Districts. The main attractions are mainly located in Xiamen Island and Gulangyu Island, that is, in Siming District and Huli District. 

Just east of Xiamen Island are the islands of Quemoy (Kinmen, or Jinmen) and Little Quemoy (Xiao Jinmen), which are governed by the Republic of China, based in Taiwan.


Xiamen Climate

Xiamen has a monsoonal humid subtropical climate, characterized by long, hot and humid summers and short, mild and dry winters. It is liable to typhoons in late summer and early autumn. The warmest month is July, at 28.5 °C (83.3 °F), and oddly, the coolest month is February, at 13.2 °C (55.8 °F). The annual precipitation is 1,350 mm (53.1 in), with substantial rainfall beginning in late February. It is liable to typhoons in late summer and early autumn...More         


Xiamen Tourism

Xiamen has pleasant climate, beautiful scenery, unique Fujian and Taiwan customs, delicious seafood, all kinds of exotic architecture, which attracts many foreigners, especially oversea Chinese to visit the city. it has become one of the livable city in China. Gulangyu Island- Wanshi Mountain is an important place of interest in China. South Putuo is another famous place in Xia Men.


Economic

The industry here is machine, electron, textile, clothes, food and chemical industry. The output of electron industry and cigarette are in the first place in China. Drink, leather goods, industry arts chemical fibre, electric appliances and instruments are well-known all over the country. The special region covers an area of 131 square kilometers, and it has formed the initial scale. In agriculture, there are grains, peanut, sugar cane, tea and fruits. Xiamen Harbor is the important foreign trade harbor. It has some ocean- going route to some other countries and places, such as Singapore, Japan, Macaw and so on. And passenger ships and cargo ships will go to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou and so many other places.

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