How to get there:
China Eastern Airlines, Xiamen Airlines and Juneyao Airlines fly from Shanghai to Xiamen every day. The trip takes about an hour and a half. For a budget option, try the high-speed trains, which take about eight and a half hours.
Xiamen has a quite mature and efficient public transportation system, with buses providing easy access to major travel destinations. It’s more economical to jump on a bus (1 yuan/US$0.16) than to hail a cab during peak hours. Three lines of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) commute daily between the main island of Xiamen and its sub-cities of Jimei, Haicang and Tong’an.
Xiamen University is open to visitors every Monday to Friday from 12pm-2pm and after 5pm. It also is opens on weekends and national holidays, when there are no time limits.
Visitors are allowed in through the Danan Gate (near South Putuo Temple) and the Qunxian Gate (near Yanwu Road). IDs are required for scanning at the gates.
Ferries to Gulang Islet from Xiamen Island take 8 yuan for a round trip. Tickets of 100 yuan are available at the ferry dock for five major attractions on the islets, including Shuzhuang Garden (Piano Museum), Sunlight Rock and the Organ Museum. Where to stay:
Le Meridien Xiamen:
Le Meridien Xiamen Hotel is the only international hotel located on the mountain park of Xiamen — one of China’s cleanest and most beautiful seaport cities — on the southeastern coast of Fujian province.
The hotel’s special “Weekend Getaway Package” lets clients sample the hotel’s and Xiamen’s delights at a fantastic price. For only 946 yuan per stay at a Deluxe Room (subject to 15 percent service charge), you can enjoy complimentary access to Le Meridien Unlock Art partners — Gulang Islet Piano Museum and Shuzhuang Garden on Gulang Islet. The package also includes free use of mountain bikes for one hour and other discounts for spa and dinner buffets.
If you want to travel off the beaten track and explore local culture and customs, a tour to UNESCO World Heritage site Hakka Tulou included in the package will definitely meet your expectations. These earthen round houses were built by the Hakka minority for defensive purposes between the 12th and 20th centuries, and have won worldwide acclaim.
Address: 7 Guanjun Rd, South Mountain Tel: 0592-7709-999
Hotel Indigo Xiamen Harbour:
One of the landmark buildings on Lujiang Avenue facing Gulang Islet, the boutique hotel boasts a 20-minute drive to the airport, and the ferry dock to the islet is in walking distance. About half of its 120 nicely designed rooms and eight suites enjoy a great view of the Lujiang River and Gulang Islet. Its Quay restaurant on the fourth floor offers a creative menu combining local delicacies and international cuisine and a good view.
Address: 16 Lujiang Ave