Xiamen attractions

Buddhist Site in Xiamen

Nánpǔtuó Temple

This Buddhist temple complex on the southern side of Xiàmén is one of the most famous temples among the Fujianese, and is also considered a pilgrimage site by dedicated followers from Southeast Asia. The temple has …
Market in Xiamen

Kāihé Lù Fish Market

In the old district of Xiàmén, this tiny but lively market sells various (weird) sea creatures to a backdrop of qílóu (骑楼; shophouses) and a church. Access is from Xiahe Lu, where you can also find lots of Taiwanese…
Park in Xiamen

Báilùzhōu Park

Xiàmén positions itself as China’s most liveable city and this huge green expanse on an islet north of town is a quiet exclamation mark on that claim. Perfect for families or broken souls who need to touch grass for…
Historic Building in Xiamen

Xiàmén University

Next to Nánpǔtuó Temple, the Xiàmén University, which was established with overseas Chinese funds, has beautiful republican-era buildings and an attractive lake. It’s a good place for a pleasant stroll. The on-campu…
Notable Building in Xiamen

Húlǐ Shān Fortress

Across Daxue Lu, south of Xiàmén University, is this gigantic German gun artillery built in 1894. You can rent binoculars to peer over the water to the Taiwanese-occupied island of Kinmen (金门; Jīnmén), formerly know…
Beach in Xiamen

Báichéng Beach

You can rarely swim here due to council restrictions, but there are few more convenient places in the city to enjoy a beautiful natural environment, especially at sunset. Except on weekends, when every man and his m…
Park in Xiamen

Railroad Culture Park

The charming 3km walking trail on an abandoned railway track in this park makes a welcome change from the crowds of the city. It is reached by bus number 1, 15, 20, 122, 135. Get off at Dashengli (大生里站).
Museum in Xiamen

Overseas Chinese Museum

Aside from acting as a refuge from the city, this is an ambitious celebration of China’s communities abroad, with dioramas, street scenes, photos and props. The ground floor stands out if you’re stuck for time.