I believe that a wonderful trip needs great preparations. So my friends and I collected lots of information about trips to Xiamen before we set off. We paid more attention to the accommodation, transportation and food. Because our trip was in August, the peak traveling season, we spent a large sum of money on accommodation. But we really had fun and learned a lot from the travel experience . Therefore, on the occasion, it may be wiser to book a room several days earlier, and keep your accommodation for as long as you plan to stay as housekeepers are much more fond of travelers who stay for a longer period of time. They will keep you there with a much cheaper room rate.
Our 5 Day Xiamen Trip
Day 1(Aug.23): Take high-speed train from Shenzhen North Station to Xiamen Station.
During the train journey, we appreciated the beautiful views when we crossed Jieyang Station. We arrived in Xiamen at about 8:00PM, then we took a bus to Zhongshan Street, which is the center of Xiamen and you can enjoy the gorgeous nightlife. So after our unpacking at the youth hostel we booked, we went out and wandered the street to have dinner.
The view during our train journey to Xiamen.
Arrived at Zhongshan Street, Lu Jiang Hotel caught our attention.
The first drink we had arriving in Xiamen, named “Shao Xian Cao” in Chinese, the bottom is a kind of jelly.
Another delicious food at Zhongshan Street, named “Tu Sun Dong” is also worth trying
Miss Zhao’s Tea & Cake, a famous shop with different kinds of tea and Chinese cakes.
Day 2(Aug.24): Zhongshan Street, Hulishan Fortress, South Putuo Temple
After getting up early in the morning, we set off to Hulishan Fortress and South Putuo Temple after breakfast. According to our itinerary, we should have visited Xiamen University in the afternoon of that day. There were so many people lining up, so we didn’t get the permission. (Tips: Xiamen University has a limitation on the number of visitors.)We had to change our itinerary to South Putuo Temple, another site near the University.
A well-known shop in Xiamen, where you can buy some local snacks.
The saying “The cats are mascots in Xiamen”, we saw a lot of items associated with cats there..
South Putuo Temple
Day 3(Aug.25): Gulangyu Island
Get up early in the morning, we go to the harbor opposite Zhongshan Street and take a ferry to Gulangyu, to enjoy the nightlife there.
Luckily, as students, we were able to buy student tickets which are much cheaper than that for an adult.
Depart from Zhongshan Street
Arrive in Gulangyu
Walking around the streets in Gulangyu
Lots of special postcard shops there
The sight of our backs
Encounter with a busker along the street
Gulangyu Piano Museum
We went to the peak of Gulangyu Piano Museum, to see the panorama view of Gulangyu.
Get down the museum, then arrive at the Twelve Rockery Caves.
Climb to the peak of Sunlight Rock, and get a beautiful view of Xiamen
Enjoy local food and drinks in Gulangyu
Our best accommodation in Gulangyu
Day 4(Aug.26): Zheng Chenggong, Xiamen University and Zengcuoang
Had a visit of the statue of Zheng Chenggong, then leave Gulangyu to Xiamen University, then get to Zengcuoang
Be lucky to encounter “cici” in Fu Rong Tunnel of Xiamen University
Arrive in Zengcuoang
Wonderful food and accommodation in Zengcuoang
Depart from Zengcuoang
Back to Shenzhen