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How to Visit Zhongshan Road in Xiamen

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
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Plan your Xiamen Tour? Walking along Zhongshan Pedestrian Street(中山路步行街) in Xiamen is worth your valuable time for your short trip to Xiamen.

Most visitors would come to Zhongshan Walking Street either before or after going to Gulangyu Island since the west starting point of Zhongshan Road is just across the ferry terminal to Gulangyu Island ( Kinder reminder: now the wharf is only for evening ferry; for daytime ferry you should go to Xiamen International Cruise Terminal).

Avoid going to the Zhongshan Walking Street on weekends or China holidays. Zhongshan Road is bright and alive at night with different colours. Zhongshan Road is teeming with shops and street vendors. Zhongshan Road is more than just a commercial street, it is a leisure, entertainment and food center in Xiamen.

Over 200 shops lines up the street with clear chain store outlets and trinket shops. Most of the buildings along the Zhongshan Road are a combination of Victoria-era and Chinese traditional architectures, a kind of two-storey buildings known as “Qi Lou” (riding across buildings). Qi Lou is designed both for commerce and living.

Try the local favor – seaworms in jellyfish, Huang Zehe Peanut Soup Restaurant easily found on the street. No traffic and no smoking for the whole street, which looks clean and tidy. Zhongshan Walking Street is a must see attraction after or before you visit Gulangyu Island.

Lujiang Harbourview Hotel is just opposite to Xiamen Ferry Terminal ( offering evening ferry to Gulangyu Island) and the west starting point of Zhongshan Road. Lujiang Hotel offers the dim sum and some nice food with excellent views of the city and Gulangyu Island.

Lujiang Harbourview Hotel is the west starting point of Zhongshan Road
Lujiang Harbourview Hotel is the west starting point of Zhongshan Road

The west starting point of Zhongshan Walking Street.

The west starting point of Zhongshan Walking Street
The west starting point of Zhongshan Walking Street

The connected 4-storey Qi Lou Buildings look clean and  bright.

The 4-storey Qi Lou Buildings look clean and bright
The 4-storey Qi Lou Buildings look clean and bright

Zhongshan Road is full of snack carts.

Zhongshan Road is full of snack carts
Zhongshan Road is full of snack carts

Many food outlets placed outside the shops lined up on both sides of Zhongshan Road.

Many food outlets placed outside the shops lined up on both sides of Zhongshan Road.
Many food outlets placed outside the shops lined up on both sides of Zhongshan Road.

Some snacks imitating western food are sold in snack carts.

Some snacks inmitating westersn food are sold in snack carts
Some snacks imitating western food are sold in snack carts

Open-air Cafe and coffee

Open-air Cafe and coffee
Open-air Cafe and coffee

You even could find the sugar-covered hawthorn. The Vistoria-era buildings along the Zhongshan Street.

The Vistoria-era buildings along the Zhongshan Street
The Vistoria-era buildings along the Zhongshan Street

The western-style Zhongshan Street resembles some streets in London or Paris.

The western-style Zhongshan Street resembles some streets in London or Paris.
The western-style Zhongshan Street resembles some streets in London or Paris.

The white 3-storey buildings extends your world.

he white 3-storey buildings extends your world.
he white 3-storey buildings extends your world.

Zhongshan Road is bright and alive at night

Zhongshan Road is bright and alive at night
Zhongshan Road is bright and alive at night

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.