Tucked away in a quiet spot on Gulangyu Island, this upscale boutique hotel features a blend of Victorian-era style decor with contemporary designs.
This Chinese city in Fujian Province has constantly been ranked as one of the most liveable cities in China primarily for its tropical climate, clean streets and excellent infrastructure. Xiamen – which was among the handful of Chinese cities that were selected to become Special Economic Zones in the 1980s – has the same sort of energy you would expect from the mega cities like Beijing and Shanghai, but it has the luxury of having cleaner air, more spacious roads, and friendlier residents.
Xiamen's abundance of scenic attractions make it a popular travel destination for domestic and international travellers. The city's key tourist magnet is Gulangyu Island – a 20-minute ferry ride away – where travellers can find charming colonial houses from the time when it became a treaty port following the British victory in the First Opium War.
Being a coastal city, the seafood in Xiamen is naturally affordable, and the freshness of the produce certainly shines through when prepared using the provinces preferred method of cooking – braising and steaming. Xiamen is also known for having a vibrant street food scene similar to that of Taiwan, and foodies can find anything from shaved ice desserts to rice dumplings to peanut soups and oyster omelettes in the city.
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Huang Zehe Peanut Soup Restaurant
Have a bowl of sweet peanut soup at the city's most famous shop – Huang Zehe Peanut Soup Restaurant.Family
Get your adrenaline pumping with a kite surfing session at one of the city's beaches.Adventure
Xiamen Piano Museum
Visit the Xiamen Piano Museum which has a stunning collection of antique pianos from around the world. The admission ticket also a...Family
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One of the newest hotels on the scenic coastline, Hotel Indigo has 125 stylish guestrooms, many of which boast panoramic sea views.
Located just outside the city centre, Le Meridien offers guests the tranquillity that comes with being nestled on Xianyue Hill, along with stunning views of Xiamen Bay.
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The food at Coyotes is a delectable mix of Mexican and Tex Mex, and the cafe often has interesting seasonal menus and breakfast specials on offer.
Helmed by the enigmatic Japanese restaurateur Kota Tsubuki, diners at Kota’s Kitchen can feast on fantastic yakitori while listening to old school Beatles tunes.
Diners at this French diner can enjoy beautifully plated dishes. These dishes display a sophistication that belie their affordable price tags.
Shuyou Seafood Restaurant offers diners an extensive menu of seafood dishes prepared either Fujian or Cantonese style.