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How to Visit Xiamen University

Sunday, January 20th, 2013
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Plan your Xiamen tour? If you interested in having a glimpse of the most beautiful and romantic campus of universities in China, then Xiamen University should be on your list of attractions during your Xiamen trip.

A visit to Xiamen University could be connected with your trip to the South Putuo Temple. The South Gate of Xiamen University is just a few steps away from the South Putuo Temple. Actually the south gate of Xiamen University is on the west of the university and it is called “south” simply because it is very close to the South Putuo Temple.

Entrance ticket: Free of Charge. You may take bus 1,15,21,45, 841,and 959 from downtown Xiamen to Putuo Temple for a short visit, then walk to the south gate of Xiamen University.

Xiamen University was establsihed in 1921 by Tan Kah Kee, the famous patriotic overseas Chinese leader. Xiamen University was the first university in China sponsored by an overseas Chinese. Now it is one of China’s higher-level universities designated for the state key construction of the “211 Project” and the “985 Project”.

It is perched below the Wulao Peak and faces the sea with good fengshui. Basically start your visit to Xiamen University through the South Gate (next to the South Putuo Temple) and exit from its back gate (Baicheng Gate). The crescent white sand beach – Baicheng Beach is to the south of the Baicheng Gate, a perfect place for students in love.

The South Gate to Xiamen University.

The South Gate to Xiamen University

The South Gate to Xiamen University

Victoria-era and Chinese traditional buildings are the masterpieces of architectures during that time.
Victoria-era and Chinese traditional buildings are the masterpieces of architectures during that time.

Victoria-era and Chinese traditional buildings are the masterpieces of architectures during that time.

The western and Chinese mixed buildings built in 1930s.
The western and Chinese mixed buildings built in 1930s.

The western and Chinese mixed buildings built in 1930s.

The Furong Lake and the Library as its backdrop.
The Furong Lake and the Library as its backdrop.

The Furong Lake and the Library as its backdrop.

Subtropical plants are densely dotted around the campus.
Subtropical plants are densely dotted around the campus.

Subtropical plants are densely dotted around the campus.

Exit though its back gate (Baicheng Gate), you will meet the white sand beach – Baicheng Beach.
Baichecng Beach

Baichecng Beach

06611Tip:Xiamen Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself Xiamen tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Xiamen:

Xiamen Cruise Port Day Tour from USD from US$89

Xiamen Highlight Day Tour   from US$89 p/p

Xiamen One Day Side Trip to Yongding Hakka Tulou   from US$90 p/p

Further Readings


Xiamen Tour
Xiamen Cruise Port
How to Visit Xiamen University
How to visit Island Ring Road in Xiamen
How to Visit Hulishan Fortress Xiamen
How to Visit South Putuo Temple Xiamen
How to Visit Zhongshan Road in Xiamen
How to Visit Gulangyu Island

Any questions, just drop a line.

 

How to visit Island Ring Road in Xiamen

Saturday, January 19th, 2013
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Plan your Xiamen Tour? The most popular sight for Xiamen, apart from Gulangyu, South Putuo Temple, Hulishan Fortress is the Island Ring Road (环岛路 Huandao Lu). The Xiamen Island Ring Road is a 4-6 lane seaside road totally 43km in length, a green belt that offers tourists a perfect place to bike along beautiful seashores.

The best part of the island ring road starts from the Baicheng Beach from Xiamen University to the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center, a 10km ring road from south to the east.

You may rent a bike or tamden to cycle the 10km island ring for about 2 hours. You also can visit some interesting sights like Hulishan Fortress, parks along the ring road and walkway boards by the sea. If you have strong legs, you can walk the 10km highlight of the island ring road, a paradise for leisure travelers enjoying the blue sky, beach and green belts along the seashores.

Most of the bike rental shops start from 08:00 am  and close at 9:00pm. A mountain bike costs about 10 to 15 yuan/hour with a deposit of RMB300. Tandem bicycles are charged at a higher rate.

The most picturesque island ring road starts from the Baicheng Beach by Xiamen University.

The most picturesque island ring road starts from the Baicheng Beach by Xiamen University

The most picturesque island ring road starts from the Baicheng Beach by Xiamen University

Baicheng Beach by Xiamen University, a paradise for the students and leisure travelers.
Baicheng Beach by Xiamen University, a paradise for the students and leisure travelers.

Baicheng Beach by Xiamen University, a paradise for the students and leisure travelers.

You can easily find a roadside bike shop like this.
You can easily find a roadside bikeshop like this.

You can easily find a roadside bikeshop like this.

Passing by the most famous attraction in Xiamen – Hulishan Fortress (entrance fee: RMB25)
Passing by the most famous attraction in Xiamen - Hulishan Fortress, entrance fee RMB25

Passing by the most famous attraction in Xiamen – Hulishan Fortress, entrance fee RMB25

Bike and walk the walkway boards by the beach.
Bike and walk the walkway boards by the beach.

Bike and walk the walkway boards by the beach.

The walkway zigzags along the coastline with beautiful views.
The walkway zigzags along the coastline with beautiful views.

The walkway zigzags along the coastline with beautiful views.

The island ring road beach is a good place for wedding photography
The Calligraphy Square the beach green belt.

The Calligraphy Square the beach green belt.

The 10km island ring road from Baicheng is under the Video Surveillance. 
he 10km island ring road from Baicheng is under the Video Surveillance.

he 10km island ring road from Baicheng is under the Video Surveillance.

The Calligraphy Square the beach green belt.
The Calligraphy Square the beach green belt.

The Calligraphy Square the beach green belt.

There are coffee shops, fruit, snack kiosks and restaurants along the beach road.
There are coffee shops, fruit, snack kiosks and restaurants along the beach road

There are coffee shops, fruit, snack kiosks and restaurants along the beach road

The beach sport equipment
The beach sport equipment

The beach sport equipment

Guanyinshan Sand Carving Cultural Park

06611Tip:Xiamen Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself Xiamen tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Xiamen:

Xiamen Cruise Port Day Tour from USD from US$89

Xiamen Highlight Day Tour   from US$89 p/p

Xiamen One Day Side Trip to Yongding Hakka Tulou   from US$90 p/p

Further Readings


Xiamen Tour
Xiamen Cruise Port
How to Visit Xiamen University
How to visit Island Ring Road in Xiamen
How to Visit Hulishan Fortress Xiamen
How to Visit South Putuo Temple Xiamen
How to Visit Zhongshan Road in Xiamen
How to Visit Gulangyu Island

If you have any questions, just drop a line.

How to Visit Hulishan Fortress Xiamen

Friday, January 18th, 2013
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Plan your Xiamen Tour? One historic site in Xiamne worth your visiting is Hulishan Fortress. This ancient fortress houses a 28cm Krupp Cannon, the largest coastal cannon in the world, which won the Guinness World Records for year 2000. The Hulishan Fortress was first built in the year of 1894 and finished in 1896.

In 1874, the Qing Government (Qing Dynasty) decided to purchase cannons to strengthen the coastal defense capability in Xianmen. In 1893, Qing Government sent people to inspect cannons market and bought two 28cm cannons made 1893 by Krupp Mountains in Germany. In 1896 the two huge cannons were carried and brought to the present fortress.

The west 28 Cannon was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution (1966 -1976). The another 28cm cannon is kept intact inside the east emplacement. The huge cannon is 13.9 meters long, with 84 rifles, 87 tons in weight and 19760 meters in shooting range.

Entrance fee: RMB 25

Opening Time: 07:30 – 18:00
How to get there
Not far from Xiamen University and take public buses No. 81, 6, 618, 531, 503, 811, 809, 87, 86, 48, 47, 29 22, 501

Some locally made iron cannons in the past are on display.
Some locally made iron cannons are on display.

Some locally made iron cannons are on display.

The 28cm Cannon is 13.9 meters long.
The 28cm Cannon is 13.9 meters long

The 28cm Cannon is 13.9 meters long

Have a close look at the cannon from its behind inside the east emplacement.
Have a close look from its behind inside the emplacement

Have a close look from it’s behind inside the emplacement

06611Tip:Xiamen Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself Xiamen tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Xiamen:

Xiamen Cruise Port Day Tour from USD from US$89

Xiamen Highlight Day Tour   from US$89 p/p

Xiamen One Day Side Trip to Yongding Hakka Tulou   from US$90 p/p

If you have any questions, just drop a line.