Full of colonial charm and coastal appeal, the city of Xiamen is one of the most alluring off beat tourist destinations in the Fujian province on the east coast of China. Visitors have been coming to Xiamen for literally hundreds of years and the city still contains much of its captivating character from years gone by, particularly around the scenic waterfront area. Close to Xiamen, many visitors enjoy a day trip to the small neighbouring island of Gulang, which is filled with picturesque seaside gardens, a maze of peaceful cobbled lanes, cable car rides, statues, gardens and many excellent views. The city itself is very much a mix of old and new, with historic architecture, winding alleyways and parklands centred around the western region and the waterfront.
Xiamen is the arrival point for anyone wanting to explore the Hakka Tulou (huge earth buildings) located around 3 hours drive away near Yongding.