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Xiamen is a charming coastal city in the southeast of China, and its name means “A Gate of China”. Since it became one of the country's earliest Special Economic Zones in 1980, it is an important seaport. Each year tourists and business people flock to Xiamen, because of the beautiful scenery, pleasant climate, and attractive trade policies. The tour explores popular attractions in Xiamen such as Gulangyu Island, South Putuo Temple, Hulishan Fortress, Island Ring Road and Xiamen University.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Xiamen by your English-speaking guide and driven on your one-day tour of the city. The first stop on the tour is Gulangyu Island (or Drum Wave Islet), which was listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in July 2017. To reach the island, you will take a 5-minute ferry ride from the ferry terminal in downtown Xiamen. The island covers an area of about 2 square kilometers with a permanent population of 20,000 people and is pedestrian-only. It is renowned for its amazing beaches, winding lanes, and exceptional architecture. The island has a long history and has numerous interesting sights and attractions. Some of the must-see attractions are the Piano Museum, Sunlight Rock, and Shuzhuang Garden. After the visit, you will take a ferry back to downtown Xiamen to enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant nearby.
In the afternoon, you will be driven to the famous South Putuo Temple. This Buddhist temple is comprised of the Hall of Heavenly Kings, Mahavira Hall, the Hall of Great Compassion and a pavilion which was built in 1936.
Next on the itinerary, is a visit to the esteemed Xiamen University. The university was founded in 1921 by the renowned Chinese businessman, community leader, and philanthropist, Tan Kah Kee. The university grounds are considered to be the most beautiful campus in China.
The tour then continues on to Hulishan Fortress (Hulishan Battery). Surrounded by a granite wall, the fortress contains a barracks, a secret tunnel, and other fortified buildings. Next, is a pleasant walk along Island Ring Road, which circles the Gulangyu Island. It is an ideal location to appreciate the incredible beauty and charm of the island. The best route is 10 km beginning from Xiamen University, and ending at the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center. If time permits, we suggest you rent a bike to cycle and sightsee down the road for an hour or two.
Finally, you will be driven back to your hotel in downtown Xiamen.
Beach, Historic, Modern, Nature, World Heritage Site
Attractions: Gulangyu Island, Hulishan Fortress, Island Ring Road, South Putuo Temple, Xiamen University
Cities visited: Xiamen
Provinces visited: Fujian
Ideal seasons: Winter, Summer, Spring, Autumn
Ideal audiences: Seniors, Singles, Couples, Dating, Family
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Type of transportation: Private Car