Gong Fu Cha (Tea Ceremony)

Meaning 'performed with care', a traditional Gongfu tea ceremony highlights the skills required to make a truly great cup of tea. Locals maintain that the tea ceremony concentrates on the quality and aroma of the tea, not the quantity or cost.

Gulang Yu (piano island)

A brief 10 minute ferry ride from the waterfront is the quaint and picturesque island of Gulang Yu or Piano Island. Designed and built by Xiamen's foreign community in the 1890's, Gulang Yu is a wonderful way to pass the day. Exploring the narrow lanes and admiring the colonial homes of yesteryear, it is easy to imagine the era of times gone by. At one time, home to the Western elite, at its height Gulang Yu produced its own English daily newspaper to cater for those privileged few. Gulang Yu retains its ambience and provides a visit to the past in contrast to the modernity found throughout China's eastern seaboard.

Returning to Xiamen, and a seafood lover's delight. As a coastal city, fresh produce is mandatory and the locals will tell you that the Oysters and Shrimps are the best you will find anywhere. Don't forget to also try the Peanut soup, a delicious regional specialty

Nanputuo Island

First built during the Tang Dynasty (618-908) and rebuilt several times over hundreds of years, the Nanputuo Temple is still today a living and breathing temple with sounds of chanting heard through out the day. The large temple is modern looking and well worth a visit. Enjoy a Vegetarian lunch on site

Riyuengu Hot Springs

After you have taken advantage of the ocean's own supermarket, it is time to relax as the Xiamenese do! Xiamen has many opportunities to pamper and unwind. No better example of this can be found at the Riyuegu Hot Springs resort, a thirty minute drive from Xiamen’s CBD. Indulgence and luxury surround you as you relax and rejuvenate through hot springs, used for their healing qualities for over 400 years.