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Xiamen is a tourist city of Fujian Province famous for its attractive seascape. As one of the major seaports since ancient times, it boasts a wide gulf with deep water but without freezing and silting. The name was consequently given, which means "a gate of China". As one of the forerunners of the special economic zones of China, the city mainly consisting of Xiamen Island, Gulangyu Island, the north bank area of the Jiulong River and Tong'an County, is connected with the mainland by the Gaoji Seawall, Xiamen Bridge, etc. The city has been called the Egret Island because of the hundreds of thousands of egrets inhabiting there. This is due to the beautiful natural scenery, the fresh air and the clean environment of the city.
Traveling To XiamenThe quickest way to get to Xiamen from most places abroad, is to fly into the Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN), which is on the Xiamen Island and close to the conference venue, 20 minutes by taxi. It has direct flights to most major cities in China and some international flights. Visitors can also transit in Hong Kong, Shanghai or Beijing.
Gulangyu Island is an important tourist attractions in xiamen. Visitors can reach it by steamship from Xiamen City in about 15 minutes. This scenic area is renowned for its delicate natural beauty, its ancient relics, and its varied architecture. The island is on China's list of National Scenic Spots and also ranks at the top of the list of the ten most-scenic areas in Fujian Province.
With a beautiful panoramic sea view, Haiwan Park is located on the west side of Hubin Xilu and between the west Xiamen waters and Yundang Lake. The park covers an area of 200,100 square meters. The view sweeps over the bay with Haicang Bridge on the right and Gulangyu islet on the left. Built in 2006, Haiwan Park is the largest urban park in Xiamen. The park is divided into seven parts. They are Sky Garden, Earth Garden, Tree Garden, Grass Garden, Water Garden, Coastal Scenery Garden, and Avenue of the Stars. As a whole, the park can be divided into two main parts (the North Park and the South Park.) by Avenue of the Stars.
Located at the side of Huandao Road, Zengcuoan covers an area of 1.25 square kilometers and surrounded by mountains and the sea with Xiamen University in the neighborhood. It is honored as “China’s most artistic fishing village” by tourists from home and abroad. There are lots of places to stop for a cup of tea, a bowl of mango ice, a meal of steamed conch, baked oysters, roasted scallops and a variety of noodles with meatballs, seafood, savory mince and so forth. Also, many bars with a variety of styles are scattered here. If you become tired of the shopping and eating, cross the main road and take a stroll along the boardwalk on the beach
Sourth Putuo Temple
Situated at the foot of Wulaofeng (Mountain of Five Old Men) and facing the sea, South Putuo Temple is deemed to be one of the must-go tourist places in Xiamen. Even if you are not interested in Buddhism, you will find the place a scenic area providing you with a refreshing experience.
Zhongshan Road is the most prosperous street in Xiamen, and is the commercial center of Xiamen. There are hundreds of shopping malls, restaurants and theaters along the street. Besides that, the architectural complexes (which combines Chinese style and western style) on the both sides of the street create a unique scenery spot.