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How to Spend 3 Days in Xiamen

How to Spend 3 Days in Xiamen

From its beaches and gardens to its historic architecture and distinct local culture, the Chinese island of Xiamen is a gem with a lot to offer visitors. With three days to spend, you’ll get a feel for life on the island through its historic sights and cuisine and still have time left over to unwind. Here are some tips for how to spend your time.

Day 1: Get Oriented

Xiamen is a relatively large island with areas where very little English is spoken. With an English-speaking guide to lead the way, start off with a short boat trip to Gulangyu Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former concession known for its European architecture, hip cafés, sandy beaches, and the impressive Chinese gardens of Shuzhuang. After lunch, continue your explorations on Xiamen Island itself, visiting such highlights as the always busy Zhongshan Walking Street, Tang dynasty Nanputuo Temple, and the 19th-century Hulishan Fortress. If time permits, walk along the Island Ring Road for views of the beach and the islands of Taiwan in the distance. In the evening, enjoy an entertaining crash course in local Minnan culture during a performance of the Minnan Magic stage show.

Day 2: Relax and Unwind

Start things off this morning with a visit to the serene Xiamen Botanical Garden, a massive outdoor space that’s often overlooked by tourists to the city. A network of footpaths connects several temples and themed gardens, including a bamboo forest, bonsai collection, orchid house, and a large lake. After lunch, head north of the city for an afternoon of rest and relaxation at the Riyuegu Hot Spring, a series of baths and pools in a tropical garden setting. Cut out the stress completely by booking your spa entrance and round-trip hotel transfer ahead of time. After the sun goes down, board a boat for a leisurely cruise to see Xiamen and Gulangyu illuminated at night. You’ll pass three famous bridges—Yanwu, Haicang, and Xinglin—along the way.

Day 3: Rural Explorations

Head into the countryside to the Fujiantulou, clusters of traditional roundhouses where local Hakka communities have lived for centuries and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another option is the city of Quanzhou, an important stop on the Silk Road that still maintains its ancient stone streets and atmospheric temples. Those interested in Chinese tea culture might opt for a day trip to the verdant Anxi region, known for its rolling hills blanketed in Oolong tea trees. No matter what you decide to do during the day, plan to dedicate your evening to some local cuisine. Head to Zhongshan Walking Street and wander the network of surrounding alleys and backstreets packed with restaurants serving local favorites, such as oyster omelets, glass noodles, peanut soup, and dumplings.

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Private Day Tour: Anxi Tea Garden And Hongen Rock From Xiamen

Private Day Tour: Anxi Tea Garden And Hongen Rock From Xiamen

Venture out of the bustling city of Xiamen and discover the lush Anxi region in the Fujian Province. Explore the mountainous region that has been cultivating Oolong tea since the Tang Dynasty and produces over 15,000 tons each year. Then enjoy a delicious lunch at a local farm complete with tea tasting and admire the scenery from the Anxi Hong’en Rock before heading back to the city.
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  • 8 hours
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$298.71
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Private Day Tour Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster And Taxia Village From Xiamen

Private Day Tour Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster And Taxia Village From Xiamen

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The countryside around Xiamen is known for its tulou clusters, ancient circular buildings built by rural Hakka Chinese communities centuries ago. Visit a few of these remarkable Chinese landmarks and immerse yourself in the life and rhythms of rural China, far from the crowded Xiamen city streets, on this day trip into the heart of Fujian Province. Visit the Tianluokeng tulou cluster and the impressive five-story Yuchanglou, and take a leisurely walk through the riverside village of Taxia.
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  • 8 hours
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$177.67
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$177.67
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Private One Day Xiamen And Gulangyu Highlight Tour Including Lunch

Private One Day Xiamen And Gulangyu Highlight Tour Including Lunch

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Make the most of your Fujian visit on this comprehensive private Xiamen day tour that covers ground you couldn’t hope to cover independently. First, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gulangyu Island, including Sunlight Rock and Shuzhuang Garden. After a seafood lunch, discover city highlights: South Putuo Temple, Hulishan Fortress, and the beach. Your day includes round-trip transfers to and from the Xiamen destinations of your choice.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$199.00
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$199.00
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Xiamen Private Half Day Tour of Gulangyu Island and Shuzhuang Garden

Xiamen Private Half Day Tour of Gulangyu Island and Shuzhuang Garden

Get straight to the highlights of Gulangyu Island, the UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s Xiamen’s most popular attraction, on this private half-day tour. Relax as your private guide and driver collect you from your hotel (or ship) and escort you to the ferry port at a time that suits your schedule. From there, soak up the island’s colonial architecture and timeless landscapes, as well as the signature Shuzhuang Garden.
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  • 4 hours
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$96.63
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$96.63
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Private Quanzhou City Highlights Sightseeing Day Trip from Xiamen

Private Quanzhou City Highlights Sightseeing Day Trip from Xiamen

If you’ve got limited time in China, and you’d like to see the highlights of Quanzhou in a day, this tour is the perfect option. Take the stress out of language barriers when organizing transport, by having hotel pickup and drop-off included. You’ll travel with ease between sites with a guide to accompany you. Highlights include Kaiyuan Temple, Qingjing Mosque, Guandi Temple, and Quanzhou Maritime Museum.
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  • 8 hours
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$270.13
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$270.13
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Xiamen Riyuegu Hot Spring Experience with Private Transfer

Xiamen Riyuegu Hot Spring Experience with Private Transfer

When the hustle and bustle of Xiamen city gets too overwhelming, head north of the city for some rest and relaxation at Riyuegu Hot Spring with this half-day package. Surrounded by tranquil tropical gardens and tucked away at the foot of the Tianzhu Mountains, try out a range of baths, pools and other spa options and find the one that’s most relaxing for you, all without any interruptions or distractions.
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  • 5 hours
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$111.80
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$111.80
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Skip the Line: Xiamen Minnan Magic Cultural Show Ticket

Skip the Line: Xiamen Minnan Magic Cultural Show Ticket

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Uncover the stories and culture of the Minnan people of Fujian in this six-part stage extravaganza. Learn more about the folk culture of the Fujian region without hours of researching online or walking through dusty museums; this grand cultural show exhibits the breadth and depth of Minnan folk culture, from song and dance to the Shaolin kung fu practiced in the region. This spectacular production, complete with cutting-edge lighting and set design, is an entertaining way to relax after an exhausting day of sightseeing.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Xiamen Private Day Tour: Botanical Garden and Jimei School Village

Xiamen Private Day Tour: Botanical Garden and Jimei School Village

Experience Xiamen Botanical Garden and Jimei School Village on this private 8-hour day trip of Xiamen highlights. Explore impressive highlights with a professional tour guide, then try local and authentic Chinese food. Hotel pickup and drop-off were provided.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$280.00
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$280.00
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