Xiamen: the City
Xiamen, traditionally known in the West as Amoy, is a small and
pretty scenic port city located on the southeast coast of China and the
west coast of the Taiwan Straits and is separated from Quemoy (Kinmen)
island only by a narrow stripe of water. Xiamen city has a total area of
1565.09 square kilometers and a population of 3.6 million and the Xiamen
Island (the old town) is about 128.14 square kilometers. As there are
flocks of egrets settled on the old town, it is also called the Egret
The administration system of Xiamen has begun since Song dynasty.
Ming built the city walls and established Xiamen as a major seaport and
commercial center. The city has significantly benefited from Taiwanese,
overseas Chinese and foreign investment and its designation as a Special
Economic Zone in 1980.
Xiamen is rich in resources for tourism. Lying in the sub-tropical
Zone, it has a maritime climate. Each year tens of thousands of tourists
from home and abroad come here to enjoy the azure sky, blue sea, golden
beach, green hills, grotesque rocks, fantastic caves, well-cultivated
gardens and parks, visit ancient temples, and taste typical seafood in
south Fujian flavor. Compounding the resort atmosphere is the wonderful
little island of Gulangyu Islet, a ten-minute ferry ride to the
southwest, the old colonial home of Europeans and Japanese whose
mansions still line the island's traffic-free streets.
Xiamen has been accredited as a National Sanitary City, National
Garden City, National Model City for Environmental Protection and
National Excellent Tourist City. If you step on this ancient but modern
city, you will surely be attracted by its charming scenery, tasty
seafood, and ready-to-help citizen.
There are daily flights from Beijing (13), Shanghai (21), Hong Kong
(4) to Xiamen for easy connection and direct flights from Japan, Korea
Night of Xiamen
The venue will be in Xiamen University.
Landscape of Xiamen University