Xiamen Nanputuo Hike View

How to enjoy a Xiamen 厦门 weekend getaway on your own

In China, FAM Trip by Jaclynn Seah8 Comments

Xiamen 厦门 surprised me. I wasn’t sure what to expect when Xiamen Airlines invited me up to this coastal city in the Fujian province on China‘s eastern coastline, but I can tell you that Xiamen is a pleasant coastal city with great weather (there are actual smog-free blue sky days!) and makes a great destination for a short relaxing getaway. Here is my 3D2N guide on things to do in Xiamen even if you only have a long weekend to explore.

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Thanks to Hyacinth for this awesome photo of me!

Why visit Xiamen?

Xiamen is what China bills as a 2nd tier city. It’s not as cosmopolitan as Shanghai nor as historically grand as Beijing – the Great Wall of China is really something to see if you haven’t already – and bits of China still irk me, like the sheer number of people at popular places and all that spitting; but the Fujian people are friendly and there is an interesting mix of Chinese and western-style influences not often seen in China, largely due to Xiamen’s history with international trade as a Treaty Port and currently a Special Economic Zone.

Visiting this region is also a little bit more personal for me. Xiamen is part of the Fujian province in Southern China – the people from this coastal region are a pretty adventurous lot, and many of them took to the seas and made that long journey down towards South East Asia or what they called Nanyang (South Sea) to seek their fortune, including my Great-grandparents who eventually set down roots in Singapore. And while I have no idea which part of the Fujian province my ancestors came from exactly, visiting this region and seeing hints of my family’s scant tradition has been an intriguing experience.

Getting to Xiamen

Xiamen Airlines Gaoqi Airport

Xiamen Airlines at Xiamen’s Gaoqi Airport

The direct flight from Singapore’s Changi Airport to Xiamen’s Gaoqi Airport is around 4 – 4.5 hours, about the same as if you were flying to Hong Kong, and actually closer than other favourite Singaporean hotspots like Taiwan and Japan.

I flew from Singapore to Xiamen courtesy of Xiamen Airlines – a full service airline that has 2 flights to Xiamen every day.


  • 0855 – 1255
  • 1540 – 2005


  • 1015 – 1445
  • 1740 – 2210

Based on the flight timings, the best way to maximise a long weekend in Xiamen would be taking the morning flight up and the evening flight back.

Silkair is the only other airline that currently flies direct from Singapore to Xiamen, but at a higher price.

Xiamen Airlines is great as they serve you a full meal and drinks (pretty good food) on the 4 hour flight and you can get a blanket from them as well, but they have an honestly weird rule where you aren’t allowed to switch your phone on at all when the plane is in the air (even in flight safe mode), though laptops are fine during cruising mode.

48 Hours in Xiamen

Here’s a suggested 3D2N itinerary of sights you can see in Xiamen that works out to around 48 hours – most of it is centered around the Siming District 思明 on Xiamen Island which is where most of the action is.

Xiamen currently sees mostly domestic tourists at this point, so while weekends will probably be crowded, the city still isn’t as packed as places like Beijing and Shanghai. Just make sure to avoid Chinese holidays like Golden Week where crowds will be pretty unbearable no matter where you go.

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Day 1 (Afternoon, Night)

Day 2 (Full Day)

Day 3 (Morning)

Where to stay in Xiamen

Getting Around Xiamen

Day 1

You will likely be ready to start exploring in the late afternoon.

Hulishan Fortress 胡里山炮台

Start your tour of Xiamen with a little bit of history – Hulishan is in the south of Xiamen Island and most famous for its many cannons on display, including 2 historic German 28cm Krupp cannons, the largest and some of the most well preserved coastal artillery in the world. The Germans themselves apparently don’t own any of these themselves and were trying to persuade the Chinese to sell these back to them.

Xiamen Hulishan Fortress Cannon

Big cannon on display – it once had a twin but that cannon got melted down

This fortress was once an important post in China’s defence outpost, and you have a lovely view of the Dadan and Erdan islands from here. You might notice that it has a fair bit of western influence in terms of architecture and design.

Xiamen Hulishan Fortress Cannon Sea

Enjoy the sea view from here

Also curious are the many banyan trees all around the fortress with their great big roots perched atop the stone – it’s quite a sight.

Xiamen Hulishan Fortress Banyan Tree

All those roots

Getting there: 2 Zengcuoan Road, Siming District 思明区曾厝垵路2号
Opening Hours: 0730hr – 1730hr (winter) or 1800hr (summer)
Entry Fee: 25 yuan

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Zengcuoan Village 曾厝垵村

Head about 2km east along Huandao Road (cycle if you can) towards Zengcuoan for some refreshments – This old fishing village in the south reminds me a lot of Beijing’s Nanluoguxiang, a maze of preserved old houses and lots of little shops in them, largely thanks to the influx of young hip folk from the nearby Xiamen University and tourists.

Xiamen Zengcuoan Entrance

Entrance to Zengcuoan

Expect super narrow lanes and a ton of people squeezing by you – keep an eye on your stuff. It’s got a nice lively atmosphere and fun to hang out in for a few hours eating street food and doing a little shopping until the crowds become a tad claustrophobic.

Xiamen Zengcuoan Streets

This is one of the less crowded streets – the entire area is a grid of little lanes and packed full of people

Xiamen Zengcuoan Wefie

Shoutout to some of the media on this trip with me – Hyacinth, Valyn, Ken, Sabrina and Esther

Xiamen Zengcuoan Bridge

If you aren’t a fan of shopping, maybe pop over the bridge to enjoy the beach and seaview instead?

Xiamen Zengcuoan Seaside

The Huandao Road has nice little viewing areas and rest stops, perfect for a chillax journey

Getting there: 2 Zengcuoan Road, Siming District 思明区曾厝垵路2号

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Above the Clouds Xiamen 云上厦门

Head back towards the Xiagang 厦港 district for the evening. Those who like a 360º viewpoint can consider checking out this viewpoint 55 stories up during sunset where you can see all the way to Kinmen on a clear day. It’s a typical tower viewpoint with floor to ceiling glass panels and signs that show you the various sights from up high around downtown Xiamen.

It’s not the cheapest thing to do if you are on a budget, but if you love a good view, pick a good clear day.

Xiamen Above Clouds View Xiada

Looking down on Xiamen

Xiamen Above Clouds Glass Floor Lying Down

Me and J putting on our best pose for the camera mounted on the ceiling. There’s a queue off to the left – you don’t have to buy the pix which costs 50 RMB for a printed copy – just ask the staff to snap a shot for you.

Getting there: Level 55, Shimao Straits Tower B, Daxue Road, Siming District, Xiamen厦门世茂海峡大厦观光厅, 厦门市思明区大学路世茂海峡大厦B塔55F
Opening Hours: 0930hr – 2200hr
Entry Fee: 120 yuan (S$25) for normal ticket, 140 yuan to go up to Level 58 Love Platform

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Dingaozai Cat Street 顶奥仔猫街

This sloping lane just off Siming South Road is a mishmash of street food and hipster clothing shops – prepare to encounter lots of phototaking visitors taking selfies with the many cat-themed graffiti and art along this stretch. It’s got a nice vibe at night especially and is a nice place to visit along with nearby Shapowei Art Zone.

Xiamen Dingaozai Cat Street Sign

My hostel was just across the street from here, and Nanputuo is about 500m to the right

Xiamen Dingaozai Cat Street Museum

Lots of little shops, including an actual cat cafe of sorts selling cat themed merchandise

Xiamen Dingaozai Cat Street Onigiri

Lots of cat murals to be found here – this lady sells handrolled onigiri (rice and ingredients wrapped in seaweed like a little ball) and draws crazy queues at night. It’s much less crazy in the day time.

Xiamen Dingaozai Cat Street Onigiri Prep

Yum I had a chicken cutlet Onigiri for 10 RMB (S$2+)

Xiamen Dingaozai Cat Street GreenBean

This guy is opening an actual shop in the space behind him. Try his green bean pastries – I’m not usually a fan of green bean but this was pretty good. Skip the pineapple tarts though, those were just so so

Xiamen Dingaozai Cat Street SiGuo

This other thing is called Siguotang or Four Fruit Soup. It’s basically like an ice kachang but with a whole lot of jelly on top, though you can add the ice as well if you like

Random: Look out for the ‘Singaporean’ food stall here though it didn’t seem very popular and the menu didn’t seem particularly Singaporean either!

Getting there: Dingaozai, Siming District 思明区顶奥仔

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Shapowei Art Zone 沙坡尾艺术西区

Converted from disused ship building warehouses, Shapowei comes alive at night as a proper hipster zone, with a collection of little booths and stalls in an outdoor market, a live music stage, skate park and all sorts of cute cafes and lovely design-centric shops which is good for cute little souvenirs. It’s a nice place to just wander around and see what new things you can discover.

Xiamen Shapowei Art Zone Building

Quieter during the day

Xiamen Shapowei Art Zone Market

Designer market outdoors – I bought a really cute pair of dinosaur earrings

Xiamen Shapowei Art Zone Cafe Chat

A cafe so newly opened that it doesn’t have proper signage or a menu yet. It does serve hand brewed coffee though and is a perfect backdrop for that instagram-worthy snap though! This cafe is located right opposite Fat Fat Beer Brewery which looks like it would be a blast to hang out in

Xiamen Shapowei Art Zone Graffiti

Street art, of course!

Getting there: 60 Daxue Road, Shapowei, Xiamen 厦门沙坡尾艺术西区60号之13设备房

I wish I had time to check out the nearby Xiamen Art Museum of Chinese Elite 厦门中华儿女美术馆 which is located in what used to be the old fish market of Shapowei.

Xiamen Shapowei Art Museum Chinese Elite

They’ve preserved the fish market signage if you look up

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Bifengwu 避风坞

Shapowei used to be a thriving fishing village back in the day with a natural sheltered bay or Bifengqu where fishing boats could take refuge from bad weather and rough seas. These days you’re more likely to find an eclectic mix of art galleries, hipster joints and traditional food stalls than traditional boats, though you can still spot a few out on the water.

Xiamen Shapowei Bifengwu Boardwalk

The boardwalk is a nice place for a walk no matter what time of the day

The sheltered wharf area has a nice wooden boardwalk that makes for a lovely stroll whether it’s day or night. I love the blend of old and new all in one area, from the historic old Chaozong temple 朝宗宫dedicated to the Sea Goddess Mazu built in 1662, to the revamped little cafes nestled in the old buildings that line the boardwalk.

Xiamen Shapowei Bifengwu Fishing Boats

Some traditional fishing boats at low tide

The sheltered wharf area has a nice wooden boardwalk that makes for a lovely stroll in the evening, and there are lots of food options along this stretch and the neighbouring Daxue Street.

Lots of photo opportunities against the backdrop of picturesque cafes and the little wharf area – if you like this sorta thing, come spend a lazy afternoon just chilling out at one of these cafes here,

Xiamen Shapowei Bifengwu Hipster Me

Being all hipster chic in front of a picturesque cafe. So many people were taking shots around here – the blend of old and new is quite a magnet for instagrammers and wedding photographers

Watch out for your shoes at high tide though because the water splashes right up on to the boardwalk and floods it for about half an hour at its highest point; and the muddy shores during low tide sometimes attracts the famous white egret bird, symbol of Xiamen.

Xiamen Shapowei Bifengwu Boardwalk Flooded

High tide means getting splashed if you’re not careful! The tide is pretty low during the night time

I also enjoyed grabbing dinner at Zao ka 灶脚, a little eatery that serves up some great local cuisine in a tiny diner. I had the traditional oyster noodles and the shacha meat skewers. Chinese readers can read a more indepth interview about this little eatery.

Xiamen Zaoka Oyster Noodle Meat Skewer

I’m not usually a fan of oysters, but it’s one of the local delicacies of Xiamen so you have to eat it whether it’s in your noodles, mianxian or porridge

Xiamen Zaoka Entrance

It’s a tiny shop, there’s seating for like 10 pax at a bar counter, kinda like a tiny ramen noodle joint

Getting there: 37-39 Daxue Road, Siming District, Xiamen 厦门市思明区大学路37-39号
Opening Hours: 0930hr – 2200hr

Another local favourite my guide pointed out was this little stall called Zhenzhen Xiagang Luwei 真真厦港卤味  – Luwei quite simply described is the salty braised soy sauce mixture in which a whole bunch of different street snack food is dipped into and served. This particular branch here near Shapowei is the original outlet, though they have several branches around Xiamen island. If you are up to it go for the chicken feet, or for something less crazy get a braised egg instead.

Xiamen ZhenZhenLuWei Chicken Feet

Eeks chicken feet. There are other less icky things to eat if you prefer!

Xiamen ZhenZhenLuWei Store

Just point and they’ll pack it up for you

Getting there: 37-39 Fengchao Road, Siming District, Xiamen 厦门市思明区蜂巢山路20-104号
Opening Hours: 0930hr – 2300hr

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Yundang Road / Coffee Street 西堤咖啡一条街/篔筜路

If you still have energy, take a cab up to Yundang Road, north of Yundang Lake in the evening. This lake has an island floating in the middle of it called Bailuzhou Park 白鷺洲公園 or Egret Park and has a little 10min light projection show in the evenings from 8-9pm that runs 3-4 times and sees a lot of tourists, if you are into that sorta thing.

Xiamen Bailuzhou Park Statue

The statue of the Egret Goddess is where most of the light show is project on, and the surrounding trees light up in a dance as well

Instead, I recommend just hitting Yundang Road which is also known as Coffee Street, and popping into any one of the many cafes here to chill out in this super hipster stretch. Pick your favourite spot with a rooftop view and just have a relaxing evening up here. Stuff here is pricier of course – a drink will typically cost around 30-4o yuan (S$6-8) at least, but the ambience and view is good.

Xiamen Yundang Street Cafes

A neverending row of cafes

Xiamen Yundang Coffee Street Me Hyacinth

Xiamen Yundang Coffee Street Me Hyacinth

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Day 2

Have a very early start and be prepared to do a lot of walking

Wulao Peak Viewpoint 五老峰

Wulao Peak is located behind the famous Nanputuo Temple, and if you take an early morning hike up a long flight of stairs on the hill behind Nanputuo (cut through the temple towards the back), you can enjoy an excellent view of Xiamen from the peak. It took me about half an hour at a super quick pace (don’t hike with younger fitter folk omg) and is pretty steep, so I suggest giving yourself a bit more time.

Xiamen Nanputuo Hike Stairs

Hiking up! I was totally lagging behind, it gets pretty steep at spots

Go early in the morning if you can when the air is cooler, but also because if you reach the peak before 7am, you can enter the neighbouring Botanic Gardens 园林植物园 for free (usually 30 RMB). The gardens are pleasant enough for a walk if you like some greenery and there are some greenhouses and a cool cactus garden, but personally I didn’t think it was that exciting.

Xiamen Nanputuo Hike View

but the view from the top is pretty worth it

Getting here: Nanputuo Temple – 515 Siming South Road, Siming District, Xiamen

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Xiamen Railway Cultural Park 夏门铁路文化公园

This park was built along a4.5km stretch of abandoned Xiamen-Yingtan railway line between Wenping Road and Heping Dock – One of the park entrances is located right outside the entrance to the Botanic Gardens, so it’s a nice segue after your tiring climb up Nanputuo. Just follow the path that is built along the old railway tracks of Xiamen. Lots of joggers and cyclists around, it’s a nice patch of greenery in the middle of the city.

The entire stretch is actually split into 4 parts – I didn’t walk all of them, but I did enjoy the Hongshan Tunnel洪山隧道 that has become a cultural and historical gallery of sorts, with both its walls lined with the odd mural and information panel about the history of the railway construction and Xiamen.

Xiamen Railway Park Hongshan Tunnel

Entering the tunnel

Xiamen Railway Park Hongshan Tunnel Me

Stone carvings and lightboxes with historical information along the tunnel, nice boardwalk for strolling

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Nanputuo Temple 南普陀寺

If you had to visit just one temple in Xiamen, Nanputuo Temple is probably your best bet. This large temple complex dedicated to Guanyin is named after a holy place in Zhejiang of the same name and is definitely worth a wander through even if you are not particularly religious like me just to take a peek at its beautiful architecture and grand Buddhist sculptures inside the halls. There is a nice garden area outside the main entrance which is also nice for a stroll.

Xiamen Nanputuo Temple Exterior

From the main entrance – I didn’t want to take too many pix inside because it was pretty crowded and it’s a working temple so lots of devotees were praying and I didn’t want to intrude

It gets pretty crowded, so if you don’t want to be around too many people, walk around before you make the climb up to Wulao Peak.

Xiamen Nanputuo Temple Hall

The Hall of Great Mercy from the inner courtyard

One popular thing to do here at Nanputuo is to eat their vegetarian set meal, reputedly the best vegetarian cuisine in the Fujian province and has an over 100 year history of being provided to visitors to the temple. Those who know me know that I’m totally anti-veggies (sorry mum) but even I enjoyed this meal which you can enjoy in the restaurant next to the main shrines and halls.

Xiamen Nanputuo Vegetarian Meal

I would have more pix but we were in a bit of a rush and SO HUNGRY – you can see some fried dough fritters with various fillings and in the background, some yam, mock meat, tofu skin and veg

Xiamen Nanputuo Vegetarian Pastry

The Su Bing or vegetarian biscuit is one of the popular things people buy back from here

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Kulangsu / Gulangyu 鼓浪屿

Kulangsu or Gulangyu is a tiny island off the southwestern end of Xiamen Island and one of the most popular things to do for people visiting Xiamen, and it gets extremely crowded on the weekend. This UNESCO World Heritage site is going to be crowded every day, so consider staying overnight on the island because most of the crowd are daytrippers who leave when it gets dark, so you can enjoy the peace and quiet once everyone starts heading back in the evening, and early in the morning before the crowds stream in.

Xiamen Gulangyu Sign


Because it was a treaty port, Gulangyu was a rare place in China open to foreigners who made their homes on this island, along with a lot of rich overseas Chinese. Wandering around the streets of Gulangyu feels a little like you’re in a weirdly European district, as many of these houses were strongly influenced by the foreigners living there to create a hybrid Colonial-Western-Fujian architectural style known as Amoy Deco Style.

Xiamen Gulangyu Lee House Exterior

Lee Jiazhuang or the Lee House. There are shops on the first 3 levels, but the rooftop is home to an awesome view of the surrounding island

Gulangyu is also known as the Piano Island with the world’s largest piano museum 钢琴博物馆 and a reputation for having the highest concentration of piano ownership. It’s also produced some world renowned musicians (I’m not much of a classical music sort so I don’t recognize the names unfortunately)

Xiamen Gulangyu Piano Museum

The piano mueum has all sorts of pianos in it. There’s an organ museum too

Sometimes Gulangyu felt a bit like a theme park of sorts, especially because the beautiful architecture is hugely popular with wedding photographers. Throughout the day that we were there, we saw wedding shoots set up side by side, and as many as 10 couples lined up in an alleyway getting that picture-perfect shot against the backdrop of a grand old house.

But that said, Gulangyu is a beautiful spot and feels quite unlike anything you will see in Xiamen so I think it’s worth just popping over to check out, even if for a few hours. It’s not a very large island, there are no cars allowed so I recommend wandering around and getting a little lost, but some things to check out:

Xiamen Gulangyu Lee house Viewpoint

The Lee House on Gulangyu has a great view on the top – that’s the Sunlight Rock in the distance

One of my favourite views can actually be found on the 4th level of the Lee House 李家庄 right next to the Xiamen Music School. The first 3 levels are filled with tourist snacks and goodies to buy, but climb all the way to the top and you are rewarded with a beautiful view. It’s a hotel as well if you are interested in staying.

Climb up the Sunlight Rock 日光岩 for the best view of the island – we didn’t have time to visit but it looks like a nice spot for a little hike and view, and you even get to take a cable car. The Zhengchenggong or Koxinga memorial hall 郑成功纪念馆 is also nearby.

Xiamen Gulangyu Shuzhuang Gardens

The shuzhuang gardens give you a nice view of the beach as well

The Shuzhuang Gardens 菽庄花园 are a nice manicured garden with over 40 bridges built by a very wealthy man. The Piano Museum is located in here as well.

Gulangyu used to be quite famous for the snacks and souvenirs that you could buy from here, but these days it’s easy to find these same brands in downtown Xiamen.

Getting There:

Useful info here. Tourists and non-locals can only take a ferry from Xiamen International Cruise Centre in Dongdu 东渡厦门邮轮中心 to Sanqiutian Pier 三丘田码头 which runs every 20 minutes, and the trip also takes about 20 mins. A round trip ticket costs 35 yuan, and there are limited number of tickets available every day to help control crowds on the island, so make sure you buy or book your tickets early. (see if the site works for you? It doesn’t seem to load for me unfortunately, you should probably ask a local person to help you book tickets then). You’ll need your passport on hand to get your ticket and get past security checks to get on the boat.

If you are day tripping and making the trip back to the mainland in the evening, or if you are a local, you can take the boat from Sanqiutian to Xiamen Lundu Ferry Terminal 厦门轮渡码头2号厅 which is just across the water and only takes 5 minutes. The boats fill up quick so you might not have a seat, but it’s a short ride in either direction so you’ll be fine, just prepare yourself for the crowds and perpetual queuing to get on and off the boat.

Consider getting the tourist pass for 100 yuan, especially if you plan to visit Sunlight Rock which already costs 60 yuan just to enter. Check out this site for more info.

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Day 3

It’s been a hectic 2 days – before you go, why not do something a little bit more chill and hit one more last sight before you head to the airport.

Zhongshan Pedestrian Street 中山路步行街

Right near the Lundu harbour where you disembark from on over to the bustling Zhongshan Road which essentially is more shopping and food, but here’s where the architecture has a really western flavour in a style called Qilou. It’s nice enough for a stroll and to grab some last minute souvenirs and food before you head to the airport, but I visited at night and I was pretty damn knackered so I didn’t walk around that much.

Xiamen Zhongshan Pedestrian Street

Xiamen Zhongshan Pedestrian Street

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Where to stay in Xiamen

Xiamen Airlines Lakeside Hotel Room

The hotel room was spacious and comfortable. I only wish it had more USB friendly plug outlets

Xiamen Airlines put us up at the Xiamen Airlines Lakeside Hotel 厦门航空金雁酒店 along Hubin South Road, right next to Bailuzhou Park and Yundang Lake. It’s a slightly quieter area that’s about 20 minutes walk to Coffee Street and Zhongshan Road – convenient enough but not quite in the thick of action which is good if you want a break from the madding crowds. Comfortable rooms that have just been renovated and a nice breakfast buffet spread that includes local favourites like oyster mianxian and for some reason, durian ice cream.

Xiamen International Youth Hostel Room

The hostel room is pretty snug but there is space for luggage under the beds and there are shelves/ledges to put your stuff – there are large lockers on the left, and the toilet door is on the right.

I extended the trip on my own and stayed in the Xiamen International Youth Hostel which is right next to Nanputuo temple and opposite Dingaozai Cat Street. Location wise, this is pretty perfect as you are within walking distance of most of Siming District. It’s very budget friendly as well, costing me just 75 yuan/day (S$15) for a bed in a 4-bed dorm.

The rooms are pretty snug though – two bunkbeds and not much floor space but there are large lockers (I could put my whole Cabinzero in) and the room came with an ensuite bathroom, though the sink is located outside. It’s surprisingly quiet despite being in a fairly high traffic area so bring your earplugs.

I did the Nanputuo walk to the Botanic Gardens with the hostel folk, which was a nice social activity, and there are pretty nice lounge areas both indoor and outdoor as well.

Affiliate links above – there is no extra cost to you, but I may get a small % if you make your booking through this link. 

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Getting around Xiamen

If you have a Wechat account with a linked wallet – congratulations, and I highly recommend cycling around using one of Xiamen’s many bike rental systems. Xiamen has built the Huandao Road and a dedicated raised cycling path, so it’s a nice way to see the city and get around quickly.

Xiamen is currently building their underground metro system or the Amoy Mass Transit Railway (AMTR) – when that does come up, it will surely be the easiest way to get around the city especially for anyone familiar with navigating cities, but you have to put up with the construction for a little while longer.

Right now the best way for travellers to get around Xiamen is to hop on a taxi. Taxis are not expensive, especially if you have a group of 3-4 to split the costs. Take an official taxi with a meter and not a black taxi. Generally I’ve found the cab drivers to be honest enough, the only thing you might encounter is that they might take a slightly longer/winding route, but it’s still relatively cheap. It cost about 40 yuan (S$8) to get from Gaoqi Airport in the north to my hostel near Nanputuo in the south.

An alternative method is to take the public bus, which is actually quite comprehensive considering the size of Xiamen Island. It costs just 2 yuan per trip which makes it super budget friendly – it’s even cheaper if you get yourself an electronic E-tong Card. There are automated signs on the bus to tell you where to stop, but it’s completely in Chinese so if you can’t read or understand Chinese, it might be a bit challenging.

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Have you been to Xiamen? Tell me what else is a must-see. Look out for my next post on other things to see in Xiamen if you have a little bit more time to spare.

I visited Xiamen on a media trip sponsored by Xiamen Airlines. All views and opinions listed here are my own. Thanks also to Optimax for sponsoring the Roampass pocket wifi device that helped keep me online during this trip (You still need a VPN for certain blocked sites in China though).


  1. I am soon visiting Xiamen in China and your blog has been the most helpful and thorough source for literally everything I wanted to know and which I am finding from scattered sources. Amazing work!

  2. Such a great post! And great tip with Wechat- I hear China is so futuristic nowadays that even roadside merchants have Wechat pay :) I can’t wait to visit China again, and Xiamen looks like a great place to be!

    1. Author

      I’ve seen beggars with QR codes to scan, talk about futuristic o_O

      Xiamen’s pretty cool because the Fujian culture is quite different from what I’ve seen in Beijing and Shanghai so far :)

  3. So much delicious-sounding food, but I never enjoy a crush of people. I do love those tree roots, though – how brave to keep growing in difficult circumstances.

    1. Author

      Xiamen’s not as crowded as Beijing and China, and I think as long as you avoid the weekends and Chinese holidays, it’s still quite ok for now :) Yeah those giant trees are beautiful

  4. This is such a detailed post! I love how you break down the days by time and add so many useful tips! I really wanted to visit when I was living in China but unfortunately never got the chance. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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