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Top Choice Dim Sum in Xiàmén

Lucky Full City Seafood

If you eat out once in Xiàmén, join the queues for this Cantonese culinary masterclass. Stack up the exquisite dim sum dishes like egg buns, roasted pigeon and pork dumplings. Try to visit outside peak times. Catch …
Dim Sum in Xiàmén

Lucky Full City Seafood Dim Sum

Authentic and MSG-free dim sum is served in this ever-popular restaurant. Expect to wait at least 30 minutes to get a table.
Buddhist Site in Xiàmén

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 …
Cafe in Xiàmén

32/HOW cafe

If Xiàmén starts to wear you down, hide out in this atmospheric Taiwanese coffee shop located in an old house. The coffee is brewed with aplomb and the decor is mid-century Europe: velvety reds and browns, towering …
Market in Xiàmén

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 Xiàmén

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…
Vegetarian in Xiàmén

Dàfāng Sùcàiguǎn

This popular vegetarian restaurant attracts nearly as many devotees as nearby Nánpǔtuó Temple. The tasty soy-based meals are lavishly named and presented.
Historic Building in Xiàmén

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…
Noodles in Xiàmén

Kāihé Shāchámiàn

Shāchámiàn is Fújiàn’s favourite street noodle dish sauced with dried fish, onion and chilli. Which animal protein you choose to add on top depends on personal preference – pork and shellfish feature prominently – o…
Notable Building in Xiàmén

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…