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1. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 8y

Hi,
I'm due to travel to Xiamen in mid-november for a couple of months for a residency in the University, can anyone give me any information on what kind of place it is? I know that this is a kind of vague question but any information would be great... Weather, Food, Where to fly to (I'll be travelling from Ireland).

Thanks in advance.

Zaksame

2. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

XIAMEN, its the province closest to TAIWAN... It has an island famous to tourist, which has lots of colonial architecture.
It is said to be a charming port town.
People there speak fookien...

When I return to China, I would definitely go there.

3. Posted by Helpman (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

I'm in PuTian ,near Xiamen city ,they are both in Fujian Provice .
It's summer here .but it's not too hot .
i not know if you can fly there directly .
you should ask the airways .

if you need more ,you can add my MSN : [snip]

[ Edit: Sorry, no personal details please. ]

4. Posted by Helpman (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

hahaha ,my msn was deleted by admin .

5. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

Xiamen is basically is an island... it has its own international airport at the northern part of the island... if my memory serves me right...

one of the top sights of Xiamen is the island of Gulangyu... a smaller island reacheable by ferry and no motorized vehicle may be seen on it as it is just an island to walk around... Bailouzhou park is also beautiful place to visit, specially this statue of a lady in one of its ponds.. I forgot what it was called..

University of Xiamen is a beautiful and big university and beside it is a temple called the Nanputuo Temple.. a big temple with a pagoda in it..

The center of shopping in the island is along Zhongshan Road... here some malls abound and souvenir shops... they have a bigger mall on the island called SM Xiamen..

When I was there in August 2005... that time is a bit cooler though we experienced a strong typhoon on one weekend... So I would assume that November time should be a cooler time..

KFCs, McDonalds and Pizza Hut are available in the city also.. but if you try local food.. be prepared to eat intestines in their soups...:D

Xiamen is also not like other Chinese cities... it is not as crowded... there are just a moderate number of pedestrians walking around the city... and it is also starting to become a modern city as well.. also when I was there, I learned that it is also called a garden city in China for its well manicured parks... it is also very clean...

the only sad thing I saw when I was there was the change of the city's landscape.. the old hutong areas are being converted into new tall buildings...

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 23, 2008, at 10:31 PM by pau_p1 ]

6. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 8y

Thanks folks for all the help,
Another silly question but here it goes.... What language is spoken in Xiamen? I've gotten different answers so far.
If anyone has anything to add, any information on Xiamen, how to get there from Hong Kong or Shanghai, good restaurants/bars, things to do or see, wildlife etc... I'd be reallyl appreciative. Normally I'd look up these things myself but I'm finding it difficult to get the info I need.
Thanks
Zaksame

7. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting pau_p1

Xiamen is basically is an island... it has its own international airport at the northern part of the island... if my memory serves me right...

one of the top sights of Xiamen is the island of Gulangyu... a smaller island reacheable by ferry and no motorized vehicle may be seen on it as it is just an island to walk around... Bailouzhou park is also beautiful place to visit, specially this statue of a lady in one of its ponds.. I forgot what it was called..

Xiamen is not an island. But Gulangyu is an island off the coast of Xiamen.

8. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting zaksame

Another silly question but here it goes.... What language is spoken in Xiamen? I've gotten different answers so far.

They speak the Min Nan (Southern Min) language, also spoken by the majority of the ethnic Chinese in South East Asia (like yours truly :)) and known there as Hokkien (basically the name of the Fujian province in Min Nan). Taiwanese language (not to be confused with Mandarin) is also a Min Nan language--it's just that they call it such after the name of the island.

There are a few different variants/accents in Min Nan. Also, depending on the districts in the southern Fujian province where Min Nan is spoken, some speak in a softer and more polite way and some may speak loudly which might appear rough. Further to that, different places may even have slightly different vocabulary and terms for some words.

This might help you if you're interested in learning Min Nan:
Min Nan phrasebook
It's a different accent from mine, but I can understand most of it.


If anyone has anything to add, any information on Xiamen, how to get there from Hong Kong or Shanghai, ...

From Shanghai: China Eastern Airlines, Spring Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Xiamen Airlines
From Hong Kong: Cathay Pacific (ends 1 Sep), China Southern Airlines, Dragonair, Hong Kong Airlines, Xiamen Airlines


... good restaurants/bars, things to do or see, wildlife etc... I'd be reallyl appreciative. Normally I'd look up these things myself but I'm finding it difficult to get the info I need.

I do have relatives there, but being a 4th generation in my family in Malaysia, they are far-far away relatives and I don't have their contacts. Sorry, can't help you on this one.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 29, 2008, at 5:01 AM by Hien ]

9. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 8y

Hien,
what can I say except a huge thanks for putting the time in and giving me such a great background. Really appreciated.
Zaksame

10. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

Quoting Hien

Xiamen is not an island. But Gulangyu is an island off the coast of Xiamen.

Oh Xiamen is an island.... I've checked in Xiamen maps and it is an island..

;)

I myself has relatives in Xiamen but they are from my grandfathers' family... both of my grandfather came from Xiamen before they settled in Manila.. unfortunately I don't speak any Chinese even Hokkien and I don't know any of them there anymore as they very distant relatives already...

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 30, 2008, at 1:08 AM by pau_p1 ]