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Xiamen is a coastal city in southeastern China, located in Fujian Province. It is situated on the southeastern coast of the Chinese mainland, across the Taiwan Strait from Taiwan. Xiamen is the largest port in Fujian Province and is one of the five Special Economic Zones established in the 1980s. The city covers an area of 1,569.41 square kilometres and has a population of over 3.5 million people.

Xiamen is renowned for its natural beauty, with its picturesque hills, crystal clear waters and lush vegetation. The city is known as the ‘Garden on the Sea’ due to its beautiful scenery. Xiamen has a subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and mild winters.

Xiamen has a long history, dating back to the Han dynasty when it was known as Anhai. During the Tang dynasty, it was a major port and trading centre. In the late 19th century, the city became a treaty port and was occupied by the British, French, Dutch and Japanese. After the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, Xiamen was designated as one of the five Special Economic Zones in 1980, becoming a major centre for foreign investment and trade.

Today, Xiamen is an important economic, industrial and cultural hub in China. It is home to many universities, research institutes and companies. The city is a popular tourist destination, with its beautiful beaches, historic sites and modern attractions. Xiamen is also home to the annual Gulangyu Island Music Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Excursion tips for a day in Xiamen

Xiamen, a coastal city in southeastern China, offers a variety of activities for tourists to enjoy. Here are some of the best things to do in Xiamen on a day trip:

1. Visit Gulangyu Island – This picturesque island is a popular tourist destination, with its beautiful beaches, colonial architecture, and winding lanes.

2. Explore the Nanputuo Temple – This ancient Buddhist temple is a great place to learn about Chinese history and culture.

3. Visit the Xiamen Botanical Garden – This beautiful garden is home to a variety of plants and flowers, as well as a lake and a pagoda.

4. Take a stroll along the Xiamen Sea Promenade – This scenic walkway offers stunning views of the sea and the city skyline.

5. Shop at the Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street – This lively street is lined with shops, restaurants, and other attractions.

6. Enjoy a meal at the Huandao Road Night Market – This bustling night market offers a variety of delicious local dishes.

7. Take a ferry to Gulangyu Island – A ferry ride to this beautiful island is a great way to experience the stunning views of Xiamen.

8. Take in the view from the Zengcuoan Beach – This beach offers stunning views of the sea and the surrounding landscape.

9. Try some local cuisine at the Xiamen Food Street – This street is lined with restaurants serving up delicious local dishes.

10. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the Xiamen Harbour – This harbour offers a variety of boat trips, ranging from sightseeing cruises to dinner cruises.

Experience Xiamen with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Xiamen. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Xiamen

Xiamen in China has a subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. In spring (March-May) the temperatures are mild and the days are warm and sunny. In summer (June-August) the temperatures are hot and humid. In autumn (September-November) the temperatures are mild and the days are sunny. In winter (December-February) the temperatures are cool and the days are sunny with occasional rain. Overall, Xiamen has a pleasant climate throughout the year with mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine.

Cruise weather for Xiamen

Our weather forecast for Xiamen helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 34.6 °C
min: 27.5 °C
15.1 m/s
21.2 m/s
88.0 %
23.7 m
76.7 %
994 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 27.9 °C
min: 25.7 °C
41.4 m/s
62.6 m/s
100.0 %
12.7 m
88.4 %
984 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 27.2 °C
min: 25.2 °C
47.2 m/s
81.7 m/s
100.0 %
9.6 m
91.1 %
992 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 27.6 °C
min: 26.2 °C
24.1 m/s
46.8 m/s
100.0 %
12.2 m
92.0 %
1,001 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 28.6 °C
min: 26.5 °C
14.8 m/s
18.7 m/s
100.0 %
14.7 m
87.8 %
1,003 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 31.0 °C
min: 26.4 °C
12.2 m/s
16.9 m/s
48.4 %
18.8 m
82.5 %
1,003 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 27.7 °C
min: 26.2 °C
51.5 m/s
76.7 m/s
78.0 %
6.9 m
90.7 %
1,000 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 27.7 °C
min: 26.6 °C
40.7 m/s
70.6 m/s
99.6 %
14.7 m
90.7 %
1,000 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 30.0 °C
min: 26.3 °C
21.6 m/s
31.0 m/s
60.2 %
21.2 m
86.5 %
1,001 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 30.4 °C
min: 26.8 °C
19.4 m/s
23.8 m/s
48.4 %
24.0 m
83.6 %
1,001 hPa
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 31.1 °C
min: 27 °C
14.8 m/s
13.7 m/s
36.5 %
24.0 m
83.1 %
1,003 hPa
Aug. 4th 2024 Aug. 4th 2024 max: 31.0 °C
min: 27.1 °C
11.9 m/s
11.2 m/s
27.0 %
24.1 m
79.3 %
1,004 hPa
Aug. 5th 2024 Aug. 5th 2024 max: 30.5 °C
min: 27 °C
12.6 m/s
10.1 m/s
6.4 %
24.1 m
81.0 %
1,002 hPa
Aug. 6th 2024 Aug. 6th 2024 max: 30.2 °C
min: 26.9 °C
12.2 m/s
11.2 m/s
30.4 %
21.6 m
80.4 %
1,000 hPa

Cruises to Xiamen

Would you like to travel to Xiamen on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Xiamen.

Scheduled ship calls in Xiamen, China
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Jan. 24th 2025 Friday, 24th of Jan. 2025 Silver Dawn 08:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 25th 2025 Saturday, 25th of Jan. 2025 Silver Dawn 12:00 am 01:00 pm
Feb. 18th 2025 Tuesday, 18th of Feb. 2025 MS Europa 2 05:00 pm 12:00 am
Feb. 19th 2025 Wednesday, 19th of Feb. 2025 MS Europa 2 12:00 am 04:30 pm
Jun. 1st 2025 Sunday, 1st of Jun. 2025 MS Regatta 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Nov. 21st 2025 Friday, 21st of Nov. 2025 Seven Seas Explorer 09:00 am 05:00 pm

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