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Xiamen International Cruise Terminal

Monday, January 21st, 2013
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Plan your Xiamen Tour on your Cruise Tour to China? There are major 13 cruise terminals or cruise ports along the China’s coastline including Tianjin, Dalian, Qingdao, Jiangyin, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Sanya, Hong Kong, Taipei and Kaohsiung.

All the destinations of these cruise terminals are full of tourist resources. The city of Xiamen is one of them and worth your visiting and exploring if you have chance to get off your cruise ship for a shore excursion.

Xiamen Cruise Port, or the International Cruise Terminal in Dongdu area, Xiamen, is located on the southwest waters of Xiamen. The Xiamen Cruise Terminal accommodates one dock for a cruise ship of 140,000 DWT and two berths for passenger ships of 3,000 WDT.

The international cruise terminal is a massive 3-storey building with a total area of 82,000 square meters. It has customs passages, waiting areas, restaurants, cafes and other service establishments. To the south of the Xiamen Cruise Port is the Xiamen Kinmen Passenger port with two 80-meter long pontoons, offering the transit service between Taiwan and mainland China.

Xiamen Cruise Port is well located, not far from Xiamen airport and Xiamen railway stations. Taxis are available on the parking lot attached to the cruise port.

Official Name: Xiamen International Cruise Center 厦门国际邮轮中心
Add: No 2, Donggang Road, Xiamen, China
Tel: 0592 – 2022516
Fax: 0592-2024649
The exterior of the Xiamen Cruise Port

The exterior of the Xiamen Cruise Port
The exterior of the Xiamen Cruise Port

Outside the Departure Hall

Outside the Departure Hall
Outside the Departure Hall

The Waiting Area at the Cruise Port

The Waiting Area at the Cruise Port
The Waiting Area at the Cruise Port

Exit and Entry at the Cruise Terminal

Exit and Entry at the Cruise Terminal
Exit and Entry at the Cruise Terminal

Tip: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
Xiamen Highlight Day Tour  
Xiamen One Day Side Trip to Yongding Hakka Tulou  
Xiamen 4 Day Highlight Tour
Xiamen Wuyi Mountains 5 Day Tour

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 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.

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

Tip: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
Xiamen Highlight Day Tour  
Xiamen One Day Side Trip to Yongding Hakka Tulou  
Xiamen 4 Day Highlight Tour
Xiamen Wuyi Mountains 5 Day Tour

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

Tip: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
Xiamen Highlight Day Tour  
Xiamen One Day Side Trip to Yongding Hakka Tulou  
Xiamen 4 Day Highlight Tour
Xiamen Wuyi Mountains 5 Day Tour

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.