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Things to do in Xiamen
Xiamen is a coastal city in China’s Fujian province, and it’s a perfect mix of the old and new. With ancient temples, modern skyscrapers, wonderful beaches, and gorgeous seascapes, Xiamen is one of the loveliest cities in China.
Reach the highest point of the island at Sunlight Rock, where you can get fantastic views of Xiamen. Around dawn and dusk, you can even see the gorgeous egrets flying around the lake.
In Bailuzhou Park, you can grab a bite to eat, go shopping, and more, while enjoying great views of the Xiamen skyline. See the iconic dragon sculpture of Zhongshan Park. It also has several gardens, a zoo, a flower exhibit hall, and a lake where you can go on a boat ride.
Have a stroll with your special someone at the 10,000 Rock Botanical Garden. It’s home to several kinds of plants and flowers, a lake, bridges, and temples, which also make it a perfect spot to take the most beautiful travel photos.
Go on a culture tour next. The architecture of Xiamen University will impress you. It also has the Anthropological Museum, and just outside the university gate is the shopping area of Xiada Street. Don’t forget to bring your wallet to Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street too.
Xiamen also has some great museums, such as the Xiamen Shinegood Culture Gallery, Xiamen Culture and Art Centre, the Overseas Chinese Museum, International Calligraphic Carving Art Gallery, and the Piano Museum.
You can’t miss visiting the Nanputou Temple. Climb the mountain behind it and you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Xiamen. Reward yourself with some tasty treats too and go on a food trip with this list of 10 must-try foods in Xiamen.
Complete your trip to Xiamen and spend hours enjoying the fantastic beaches of Gulangyu Beach, Baicheng Beach, Huandao Road, Dongshan Island, Chongwu Xisha Bay, and Zhangzhou Volcanic Park.
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What you should know
The best time to visit Xiamen is during China’s spring and autumn seasons. Spring (March to May) is a great time to visit Xiamen, when the city is blooming, the temperature is low, and there’s little chance of rain. Autumn (September to November) is also a golden time to visit Xiamen, when you can also enjoy cooler temperatures for exploring the city.
The official language in Xiamen is Standard Mandarin Chinese. English isn’t widely spoken in the city, so pack along a good Mandarin phrasebook to help you on your trip.
Get your suitcase now, because you and other Singapore citizens can fly to China and travel to Xiamen visa-free for up to 15 days. Just visit Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of The People’s Republic of China in The Republic of Singapore for more travel info.
Travelling to and around Xiamen
You will be flying in to Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, and from there you can reach the city by taxi, Xiamen Airport Express Line bus, and public bus. You can easily travel around Xiamen by taxi, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), ferry, bicycle, or even hiring your own private driver.
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Temperature average in May
20.2 - 26.9°C
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