Xiamen is situated in the southern part of Fujian Province, west of the Taiwan
Straits. It has many attractions for visitors. It is a scenic port city
on the southeastern coast of China and a Special Economic Zone ratified
by the State Council as well as a city in separate state plan whose administration
level is vice provincial with seven administrative regions under its jurisdiction.
The city covers an area of 1,516 sq. km with a population of 1.2 million.
local language is Southern Fujian dialect. Xiamen has been famed as a
hometown of overseas Chinese and Taiwanese. It is known as "the pearl
of the East Sea" due to its prosperous culture and education along with
its developed economy. Xiamen enjoys an agreeable climate, with the weather
of spring all year round. It has abundant tourist resources. More and
more visitors from China and abroad are attracted by its wonderful hills,
seas, rocks, caves, temples, gardens, as well as its historic sites, customs
and cultures with special South Fujian characteristics. Xiamen now ranks
as one of theten most popular tourist cities in China.
has a natural deep-water port. Its highways lead to every part of the
country and a railway network connects with the entire nation. Passenger
vessels travel to and from Hong Kong regularly. Xiamen International Airport
hosts more than 40 domestic airlines as well as 6 international airlines
from Xiamen to Singapore, Manila, Malaysia, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and
Hong Kong. Xiamen city proper adopts an all number programmable control
telephone system, which supplies a link with every city and region in
China and more than two hundred countries and regions in the world.