Xiamen City Information
• Local Snacks
It is made of bamboo shoot, peas, bean sprout, shredded cooked egg, tou-kan, fish, shelled
shrimp, diced meat, oyster and carrots，and attaching importance to flavor treating with flat
stockfish and bakery shortening. When rolling the pancake，put on its surface some oily sea
weed, fried shredded cooked egg, powdered “Gong Candy”，then smear some chili sauce or
sweet sauce, mustard and Chinese parsley. It tastes crispy, delicate，sweet and mellow. And it
is both palatable and nutritious.
Fried Thin Noodles
Fry high-quality thin noodles in 70%-hot oil pan until they become red yellow, take them out
and place them in a bowl, then de-oil them with boiled water and they are ready for use.
Prepare some lean meat, winter bamboo shoot and black mushrooms as ingredients, chop
them into shreds and fry them, then add some flat fish, leached shrimps, and Shao-hsing rice
wine. After that, fry again the fried thin noodles together with the ingredients. Serve with
barbeque sauce and red hot-pepper sauce as seasonings.
Oyster Pizza (Fried Oyster)
As one of the most popular seafood of Xiamen, Oyster Pizza uses "bead oyster"-- a top grade
of oysters as the main raw material, which has white meat and black branchias with even meat
granules. Then mix up with eggs, sweet potato flour and minced garlic, and fry them with an
amount of lard in the pan until it becomes yellow and crispy. Serve with sweet spicy sauce that
is unique to Xiamen, Chinese parsley etc as seasonings. It tastes aromatic, crispy, delicate
Tu Sun Dong
It is made from a sea product called „Xing Chong‟ and is eaten with the seasonings including
sauce, vinegar, chili, catsup, mustard and garlic. It is now becoming one of the most important
cold dishes in any banquets.
It is simply made from peanuts but with very complicated production process. It has a sugary
flavor and is best eaten with some dim sum dishes such as deep-fried twisted dough sticks,
steamed stuffed buns and similar. Many believe the best Peanut Soup is served at Huangzehe
Restaurant in Zhongshang Road, Xiamen.
As a well-known Chinese style cookie of Xiamen, it uses peanut kernels and granulated sugar
as major raw materials. To make it, firstly stir-fry and de-coat the peanut kernels, mix with
sugar and boil them, then ground them into crisp, roll and pull them in shape, and slice them to
small pieces. To serve it, carefully open the wrapping paper, and slightly put the crisp in the
mouth; it melts quickly with agreeable sweetness and the aroma lingering in the mouth. Peanut
Crisp not only can be taken together with tea, but also can be the stuff of salty "Kompia" (a
delicacy made with flour, baked in an oven and eaten either with or without meat) and other
Thin Noodles Paste
It is made of high-quality flour, and it is white and fine in texture. Importance is attached to
paste instead of mess, while being thick instead of oily. And it melts in the mouth! The
refreshing flavor of the Thin Noodles Paste mainly comes from the soup brewed with shelled
shrimp, oyster, sea razor shell, mussel, oyster meat, razor shell potage，or fish and meat dices
of false salmon, eel and other marine products that are fresh and delicious. Seasoned with fry
minced onion, pepper powder，and served with oil sticks, it tastes richer, more palatable and
refreshing in flavor.
Firstly mix up satay sauce with bone soup，boil on roaring fire，then keep it in slow boiling
state，add some refined salt and monosodium glutamate, hence the satay soup is ready for
use. Select golden yellow glistening oil noodles of South Fujian and heat them with green
vegetables in boiled water, then take them out and place them in a bowl, drizzle the thick satay
soup while they are still hot. A bowl of rich-flavored satay noodles have almost come to
completion, except the final seasoning to suit different taste.
Tong’an Wrapped Pork
To make the wrapped pork, choose a chunk of hock that weighs 1.5-2.5 kilos, seasoned with
dried oyster, black mushroom, lotus seeds, shrimp etc，then drizzle some soy sauce，wrap and
braise in a gauze. After taking it out of the pot, serve with its fragrance overflowing, its color
golden yellow and the pork still quavering. Take a piece of it into your mouth, it tastes sweet
and smooth, fat but not greasy, and it is extremely tasty and refreshing. It is really a local
cuisine of typical Xiamen flavor.
It is a traditional food with a history of over a century. It can be divided into two kinds- sweet pie
and salty pie. Sweet pie is baked with the stuffing of pea gravel added with lard and white
sugar; while salty pie is made with the stuffing of diced meat added with lard and white sugar. It
is carefully made with selected sound flour, lard and high-quality mung beans. The pie crust is
crispy, fragrant and oily. And the crust of freshly made pie tastes icy cool, fresh and sweet.
Pork Paste with Mushroom
It is made of 12 raw materials and auxiliary products such as fresh pork, high-quality bean,
black mushroom chili, onion bulbs, and garlic. Characterized by its golden yellow color, refined
paste, rich aroma, being palatable and nutritious, it is a rare and prized canned appetite food.
Fish Skin Peanut
It is a China-famous finished product of peanut. It has got the name because its crust is mixed
with flour and fish-skin glue. Celebrated for its thin crust, being crispy, smelling salty sweet,
and fragrant, it is a popular foodstuff as well as a convenient supplementary snack for drinking
tea or wine.
Huang Zehe Peanut Soup Restaurant (Zhongshan Road Branch)
Address: No.22, Zhongshan Road, Siming District
Specialties: Peanut Soup, Oyster Pancake, Shatay Noodles and other Xiamen snacks
Wu Zaitian local Specialties
Address: No.49, Tatong Road
Specialties: Satay Noodles, Oyster Pizza, Fried Thin Noodles and other Xiamen snacks.
Seafood in Xiamen is famous for its extreme freshness. The location of Xiamen on the
southeast coast of China provides it with abundant sea products. Dating from the Qing
Dynasty, the seafood locally is always a traditional delicacy make from fresh local fish, prawns,
crabs and more, with the flavor depending on the various seasonings.
Address: 6F, No.54, Lujiang Street
Specialties: a good view of the sea; delicious and healthy herbal meals
Jiali Seafood Restaurant (South Hubin Road Branch)
Address: 3-4F, Baofu Building, No.819, South Hubin Road
Specialties: High-quality environment with good service; genuine seafood
Haigang (Harbor) Restaurant
Address: 2-3F, Tiandi Food City, No.98, South Jiangtou Road, Huli District
Shuyou Seafood Restaurant
Address: 1-4F, Podium Building of Mansion of Bank of China, North Hubin Road, Siming
Specialties: an old restaurant in Xiamen famous for seafood.
• Vegetable Diashes
Vegetable Dishes are made of vegetable oil, flour, beans, vegetables and fruits. In accordance
with the disciplines of the traditional Buddhist diet, the vegetable dishes made here mainly
depict the Buddhist ideas and topics.
Nanpotuo Vegetarian Restaurants
Tianhe Vegetarian House
Address: No.10-2, Dingwozai, Yanwu Garden, Siming District
Specialties: vegetarian sea-food soup with sour vegetable, crisp vegetarian fish and
Dafang Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 2F, No.412-9, South Siming Road
• Foreign Restaurants
The House Restaurant
Address: No.10-1, Baihe Road, Siming District
Specialties: Western food
Address: No.88 Villa, Lianhua Lingxiang Lane, Siming District
Specialties: Western food
Address: 24F, Haibin Building, No.52, Lujiang Street
Specialties: authentic pizza, salad, roast chicken, drinks and sweets
Alilang Restaurant (South Lianhua Road Branch)
Address: 1F, Dihao Mansion, No.820, Xiahe Road, Siming District
Specialties: cool noodle, seafood pancake, seafood hot pot and other South Korean food
Songhe Japanese Restaurant
Address: 1F, Fanrong Plaza, No.267-24, West Hexiang Road, Siming District
Specialties: Japanese cuisine
• Wine Bars, Beer Gardens
Binlang Lu / Bailu Zhou
These two streets have a few western-style pubs and bars to check out. You can almost
always sit outdoors in Xiamen and both offer pleasant spots to relax and watch people pass by.
Xiamen is a great city for shopping. With only about 2.1m population in Xiamen, the city is not
congested and the shops are not packed like sardines. Yet, you can find most of the famous
shops of the bigger cities like Shanghai and Guangzhou. And you can find all the bargains that
are made in China, be it fashion or everyday items.
Supermarkets, department stores, grocer's shops, markets are common places for shopping.
Zhonsanlu shopping street (closed for traffics), Lianhua Shopping Complexes such as Laiya
Shopping Complex, SM Shopping Complex, Carrefour, B&Q, Walmarts next to Xiamen Train
Station, Metro in Huli and extra just to name a few
In Xiamen, you will find few big hypermarkets as the heart of island city doesn't have much
place and small supermarkets are open 24 hours. Many small shops, grocery stores have
public telephone for your personal use and sell cigarettes, drinks, fruits and vegetables.
Supermarkets and department stores, which are often built on several floors, open from 10 AM
to 10 PM, everyday.
Recommended Shopping area:
This is Xiamen's biggest commercial street with big shopping malls mixed in with smaller
shops. There's a big night market that runs alongside it with plenty of cheap clothes, souvenirs,
and 'antiques'. Tea, stone and wood carving, and puppet heads are among local specialties.
Gulangyu's main shopping street is full of stalls and proper shops selling souvenirs, including
handicrafts, calligraphy, and bead embroidery and figurines fromk local minority groups. You
can get plenty of local food here too try some of the dried seafood snacks.
Gulangyu Scenic Spots
A. Sunlight Rock
You'll want to spend a day wandering around Gulangyu seeing all it has to offer in the way of
fine scenery and interesting paths, and it's small enough to do the whole thing by foot. This is
Xiamen's highest point and offers fine views, sometimes all the way to the Taiwanese island of
Jinmen. There's also a surprisingly big aviary here with a range of local and international birds.
The rock path has inscriptions from up to 400 years ago from famous poets.
Tel:0592-2063094 Business Hours：6：00-20：00
Ticket Fare: 60 RMB
B. Universal Architecture Exposition
Over one thousand of different styles of architectures assembled, both in Chinese and foreign
C. Shuzhuang Garden
These once private gardens were donated to the city and opened to the public in 1955. It's a
beautiful area of pavilions, bridges, hills, and unexpected sea views. There's a network of
small caves which kids often enjoy, a bamboo garden, and parts that extend out on to offshore
rocks. It's divided into two parts the Garden of Hiding the Sea and the Garden of Making-Up
Tel:0592-2063680 Business Hours: 6：00-20：00
Ticket Fare: 30 RMB
D. Piano Museum
Site in Shuzhuang Garden, setting out about 70 pianos and piano prickets, lamp holders and
Tel:0592-2060777 Business Hours: 8：15-18：00
Ticket Fare: 30 RMB
E. Underwater World
More than 10000 fish of all sorts from each continent and all great oceans on the earth, both
sea fish and river ones.
Tel：0592-2067668 Business Hours：8：30-18：00
Ticket Fare：70 RMB
F. Celebrities World
Site at No.111, Lujiao road on Gulangyu island, the Celebrities World is a large scaled tourist
program that unites history, culture and entertainment. Tourists can get to many great people
and celebrities from no distance.
Ticket Fare: 35 RMB grow ups and 20 RMB for children
This spacious Tang Dynasty Buddhist temple was most recently rebuilt in the 1980s. There are
four main buildings: Devajara Hall has statues of the Four Heavenly Kings and a Buudha;
Mahavira Hall dates only from the 1920s and has more Buddhist statues and murals; Dabei
Hall is an octagonal tower with a 48-hand Buddha; and the Pavilion, built in 1936, has
thousands of Buddhist relics and scriptures. Buildings are colorfully decorated amid a beautiful
setting and there is a very popular vegetarian restaurant.
Wanshi Botanical Garden
With over 4,000 species of flora, mostly from southern China and Southeast Asia, this is the
most concentrated area of flowers and gardens you'll find in Xiamen, but it also incorporates
water features and has a small lake within its grounds. There are several pavilions dotted
around including the Temple of the Kingdom of Heaven, as well as caves and rock formations.
On the remains of a coastal fort surrounded by less weaponry is the 60-ton, 13-meter-long Huli
Cannon, the last of its kind in China, dating from 1891 Qing Dynasty defenses. The attached
museum has a fine collection of ancient weaponry, from cutlasses to flintlocks, as well as
ancient firecrackers and the world's smallest cannon. There are fine sea views and a quiet
sandy beach beside it.
Jimei Scenic Spots
Jimei is also the residence of Mr. Tan Kah-kee, a famous overseas Chinese philanthropist.
Encircled by the sea on three sides, the town is known for its magnificent buildings combining
western and oriental styles and picture-postcard sceneries. As a tourist site, Jimei has the
following attractions to offer: Jimei School Village, Aoyuan (Turtle Garden) and Returnees'
A. Jimei School village
Jimei School Village is a general name for all schools and cultural institutions here. It was built
by Mr.Tan Kah-kee in 1913. After decades of years of development, the village now covers a
building area of over 100,000 square kilometers and there are more than 10,000 students in it.
It blends the Chinese architectural style with western one, has become a symbol of Jimei.
B. Aoyuan (Turtle Garden)
The Turtle Garden was constructed in 1950 by Mr.Tan Kah- Kee on the former site of "Turtle
Head Palace" from which came its present name. In the centre of the garden is the Jimei
Liberation Monument with an inscription by Mao Zedong on the front and a tablet record
written by Mr.Tan Kah-Kee on the back It is telling the later generations that victories were
hard- won and therefore should be cherished. The foundation of the monument is surrounded
by gray jade carvings and relief sculptures polished with great care, embodying a concentrated
reflection of exquisite workmanship and a unique style of south Fujian stone carving art.
C. Returnees' Hall
Walled by white stones and roofed with green tiles, the Returnees' Hall covering an area of
4,000 square meters is a typical sample of south fujian constructions. As the former residence
of Mr. Tan Kah-kee, the building is marked by Mr. Tan's bronze standing statue in front. At the
two wings of the residence, exhibition halls were built to display Mr.Tan Kah-kee's life and
achievements. The exhibition halls were in a 3-storey building with an area of 800 square
meters. Articles displayed include pictures, illustrations, charts, material objects, and some
rare cultural relics.