Facing Jinmen county of Taiwan across Taiwan Strait, Xiamen is a beautiful coastal city with many islands. Xiamen witnessed the history of modern China by being the British Concession in 1852, the special municipal government of Japanese invaders from 1938, and under management of the Wang Jingwei Regime from 1943 to 1945. The heavy history is just one side of Xiamen, it also boasts dense forests and a fishing village culture.
Xiamen is in the sub-tropical monsoon climate zone; the weather is mild throughout the year. It is good for sightseeing all year round, but still try to avoid long holidays like National Day holiday (October 1 - October 7).
Gulangyu Island used to be the public concession of 13 countries including Britain, US, Germany and France etc, thus its nickname as the World Architecture Exhibition. The history has gone by but the architecture remains and silently tells its stories. Must-see spots on Gulangyu Island include Sunlight Rock where you can have a bird’s eye view of the Island, Shuzhuang Garden, Piano Museum, and the Underwater World displaying the largest sperm whale specimen.
Huli Mountain Fort is an ancient fort built in 1894; it is also the largest coastal artillery kept today, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2000.
Nanputuo Temple, located at the foot of Wulao Peak of Xiamen, is where local residents offer sacrifices to propitiate Guan Yin Bodhisattva. It has a strong influence in southern Fujian and Southeast Asia. Climbing the peak provides great views facing the sea.
Yongding Tulou (Hakka Earth Tower):Yuding, located in Longyan of Fujian, is home to more than 23,000 Hakka earth towers. The Tulou, or Hakka Earth Tower, is a wonder in China’s ancient architecture history. Tulou could be found in shapes of square, round, star or octagon. Every earth tower is equipped with wells, kitchens, storage, bedrooms, toilets and pigsties etc, and it usually holds one to two dozen families of the same surname. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
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Day 1, Welcome to Xiamen! You will meet your tour guide and the private vehicle awaits to take you to your hotel safe and sound.
Day 2, A full day tour starts after a buffet breakfast at the hotel. Today’s focus is Yongding Tulou, Hakka earth tower. Three hours each way to the Hakka earth tower proves worthwhile when the giant architecture comes into sight. Zhengcheng tower, built on Bagua (the Eight Diagrams) structure, is called the prince of earth towers. After lunch, proceed to Fuyou tower, a distinguished representative of a mansion style tower. Its outer appearance outlines three mountains, hinting that the mansion is owned by three brothers. Climbing up the hill nearby will offer great photo opportunities. Feel free to take a nap or ask more questions on Hakka culture on your way back to the hotel.
Day 3, Today is a city tour. Gulangyu Island is the first spot you will see after breakfast, with an 8-minute ferry boat ride to the island. Take a leisurely walk to explore all the highlights, try all kinds of local snacks as you wish. Lunch can be arranged on the island. The afternoon is for Huli Mountain Fort and Nanputuo Temple to get to know what happened during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Day 4, Your last day begins with a buffet breakfast at the hotel followed by check-out. You will then take the private vehicle to the airport for your next destination.
|Category||Hotel Name||Hotel Class||Why Recommend||Ranking on Trip Advisor|
|International Chain||The Westin Xiamen||5-star||√ Contemporary and spacious roooms
√ Nice and friendly staff
√ Close to parks and shops
|Swiss International Hotel Xiamen||5-star||√ Beautifully designed and super comfortable rooms
√ Great view of Gulangyu Island from higher floor rooms
√ Variety of breakfast buffet with western and Chinese choices
|Le Meridien Xiamen||5-star||√ Sits in beautiful serene surroundings amidst lush greenery
√ Rooms and bathrooms are large and well appointed
√ Helpful and attentive staff
|Best Value||Sheraton Xiamen Hotel||5-star||√ Close to shopping mall and restaurants
√ Good value for money
√ Great breakfast with lots of options
|Days Hotel and Suites Mingfa Xiamen||4-star||√ Great service
√ High speed of wifi access
√ Helpful housing keeping
|We Ni Si Hotel||3-star||√ Good comfortable superior room
√ Close to airport and bus links
√ Away from market streets hubbub
|Boutique||Ru Shi Hotel||4-star||√ Zen hotel with separate spot for meditation
√ Quiet rooms
√ Healthy vegetarian breakfast