Things to do in Xiamen

Top Things to Do in Xiamen, China - Xiamen Attractions

Things to Do in Xiamen

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  • GaleMcLardie
    Melbourne, Australia92 contributions
    During Covid times, it is really difficult as a foreigner to get onto the island, but well worth the trouble! Have to travel there via the International Cruise Terminal, which has ferries every hour, which take about a half hour to get there. The wonderful winding streets with the beautiful (but crumbling) turn-of-the-19th-century buildings, fabulous gardens and no vehicular traffic are a deight! Walking around the far side of the island gives you another impression entirely, with wide beaches and a more tropical feel. Not much in the way of nice restaurants unfortunately, but there are some great coffee shops and the street food is fun. Definitely worth a full day's excusion or ideally, an overnight.
    Written 10 February 2022
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  • Bianca H
    Shanghai, China5 contributions
    Very nice park, quite huge. Awesome few and not really crowded at this time. Wi come back. Nice place.
    Written 20 December 2020
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  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada1,631 contributions
    When we went in July 2021 they had a nice display for the Chinese Communist Party Centennial. The temple was nice and clean and we loved the turtle and lotus ponds. It was free to enter when we went but tricky to register via WeChat. Plan to spend about an hour or two here.
    Written 6 July 2021
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  • Philipos
    10 contributions
    It is a good place to go during afternoon time... full of green and many places nearby that you can have coffee or tea! Xiamen is getting more and more beautiful the last years!
    Written 21 January 2020
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  • KodoDrummer
    Yekaterinburg, Russia64,088 contributions
    Beautiful city and water views from this Xiamen coastal road. There are many things to see and do along the route, including jogging and cycling tracks (bike rentals available), museums to visit, enjoy some of the architecture, dine at one of the many restaurants, enjoy drinks at the cafes, and more.
    Written 5 October 2020
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  • KodoDrummer
    Yekaterinburg, Russia64,088 contributions
    Especially nice at night when it is more colourful. There are many stores offering reasonably priced goods, a variety of restaurants, and cafes.
    Written 5 October 2020
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  • Julie
    1 contribution
    Amazing experience. Never thought such a gem can exist in China! tropical, clean, relaxing, beautiful. Simply perfect!
    Written 16 November 2019
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  • James O
    Las Vegas, NV173 contributions
    This place is an awesome place to get away from the rat race to exercise, do some tai chi or just kick back. Also there are lots of special events that happen here. Come out in the evenings and enjoy the "dancing fountain" that's synced to music.
    Written 7 August 2019
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  • Marcin W
    Sosnowiec, Poland78 contributions
    The museum is on Gulangyou island so to get there you must take a ferry from main Xiamen island. To the museum is leading a beautiful seawalking promenade built by the owner of the home to remember important date in life of his family. Inside we can see a big collection of pianos from various countries and times. Worth to see both for young and old :)
    Written 26 December 2019
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  • Marcin W
    Sosnowiec, Poland78 contributions
    This garden is just at the exit from piano museum at Gulangyou. I suggest to see it. It is a composition of some paths walking down to small pond with colorful fish. This walk is just a few minutes so all exiting from museum should take it.
    Written 26 December 2019
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  • SOH KIEN PENG
    Singapore, Singapore6,359 contributions
    Riguang Mountain (日光岩) is not very high even lower than our Bukit Timah Hill in Singapore. It takes about 20 to 40 mins to reach the summit. But it is a must visit top attraction in Gulangyu island for 2 simple reasons: the beautiful sunset and the panoramic scenery of the island.

    It is not free and I made a mistake not purchasing the combo ticket of RMB 100 and paid RMB 50 for just a single admission to this attraction. The single ticket also gives access to Qinyuan (琴园) but that is all and not to other sites of attractions.

    On the other hand, the combo ticket allows access to 4 other must see attractions on Gulangyu:

    (a) Shuzhuang Garden( including Piano Museum)-淑庄花园
    (b) Hoayue Garden (Zheng Chenggong Statue)-皓月园
    (c) Gulangyu Organ Museum(the Eight Diagrams Tower)-风琴博物馆
    (d) International Engraving Museum-国际刻字馆

    Thus, it would be financially prudent to buy the combo ticket.

    I came to Xiamen on the very first day of China's Golden Week on their national day. You can imagine the crowd at the summit of this mountain. Everyone was squeezing their way up the narrow staircase while the departing visitors are taking the same staircase down. With the jostling of the crowd, it is very risky to take out your hand phone near the railing because a little push from someone in the crowd may result in your hand phone slipped out of your grip and fell into the bottom of the valley below.

    I saw a couple sit so near to the edge of the hilltop and the girl's hand phone accidentally slipped out of her grip and dropped to the edge of the boulder. She saw her hand phone resting on the edge of the mountain but she just could not climb over the railing to retrieve her hand phone. She stood there staring helplessly at her hand phone and crying while her boyfriend was trying to contact the security to help to retrieve the hand phone. I am not sure how the security can retrieve her hand phone as the one attempting the act may just slip down the steep slope of the hill and get killed. So, be careful when you are using your hand phone to take photos of the sunset or the panoramic view of the island.

    It is rather windy up at the summit. Majority of the crowd went up during dusk solely to see the sunset. The sunset is beautiful and the panoramic view magnificent. It is worth the climb but the squeeze with the crowd is terrifying.
    Written 16 January 2019
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  • Brian Mack B
    Kuala Lumpur26 contributions
    Stayed at the Grand Millennium at the top end of Zhongshan Road. Left out of the hotel gets you started. Across the road is a newish mall with the more top end luxury stores (and a Carrefour), the characterful shops are on your left side. Major crossroads has a Walmart on your left corner (worth a visit to the Supermarket for the live seafood on show). Turn left and head for the channel. More funky shops on a pedestrianised road, and hanging a left halfway down gets you a little wild side with some brilliant photo-ops of foodstalls and life. Maybe avoid this bit if you're sensitive to smells - it gets a bit drains and dead meat on the nose.
    Written 7 January 2015
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  • ROCruiser
    Claremont, CA4,533 contributions
    We were there for the light show in the evening. Absolutely beautiful when all the buildings in the school village campus had their lights lit. The reflection on the Longzhou Pool made it even prettier.
    Written 9 May 2020
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  • Lynn K
    Singapore, Singapore19 contributions
    There r SM 1 and 2 linked by a bridge. Supermarket, Welmart is at SM 1 basement. SM 1 seems to be much more crowded than SM 2. Didnt have much time to walk ard though.
    Written 25 November 2019
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  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada1,631 contributions
    There is a nice seaside walk and it is very green here. There are nice open spaces and wide walking paths. We enjoyed a quick sunset visit here. Closest metro station is Jianye Road but it is quite a walk from there.
    Written 6 July 2021
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