The Top 15 Xiamen Hotels

The Top 15 Xiamen Hotels

These hotels in Xiamen are picked based on their visitor reviews, location, suitability for a foreign guest and value.

Xiamen is a beautiful coastal city in Fujian Province, a city I really enjoyed especially the island, Gulangyu, and also heading inland to Yongding to visit the Hakka Tulou buildings.

Hotel Indigo Xiamen Harbour
5-star hotel

Area: Siming, Xiamen
A 5 minutes’ walk from Huangu Ferry Marina, offers relaxing beachside living in modern guestrooms with free wired internet. All rooms offer wide windows that allow much natural light and the fresh ocean breeze in.

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Xiamen to Shenzhen Bus

Xiamen to Shenzhen Bus

In China there seems to be plenty of privately run bus services running here, there and everywhere but for a foreigner it’s usually much easier and simpler to just buy a train ticket. But in some cases the going via bus can provide huge time savings.

This is especially the case going from Xiamen to Shenzhen (or even Hong Kong). At the moment there isnt actually a train running direct between those places, but they are building a line to carry a fast (220km/h) train which is expected to be completed some say late this year, some say next year.

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Xiamen Hulishan Beach and Huli Hill Fort

Xiamen Hulishan Beach and Huli Hill Fort

Less than a 20RMB taxi ride from the center of Xiamen is one of the areas popular beaches, which also features a wooden boardwalk which stretches along the beachfront.

This wooden boardwalk, not in shot, winds its way along the beach and ocean front and goes for some way, but just beside this beach is Hulishan Mountain (sometimes also translated as Huli Hill or Huli Mt.), and back in 1894 during the Qing Dynasty they made a fortress out if it. This coastal defence system apparently came in handy when the Japanese warships arrived in 1937.

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V Inn Hotel Xiamen

V Inn Hotel Xiamen

I’m glad I left the Xiamen Huqaio Hotel to come here, whilst the room is not quite as nice, the service at the V Inn makes all the difference.

The staff are friendly, and some speak english, while at the four star Xiamen Huqiuo Hotel, combined with a CTS travel agency, couldn’t book a bus ticket, the staff at this hotel had it done in minutes. Really so helpful.

Id also made this reservation with cTrip over the phone who managed to find a place at a great price even on the weekend with only hours notice.

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Welcome to Xiamen of Fujian Province China

Welcome to Xiamen of Fujian Province China

Xiamen, or Amoy as some call it,  is a small city by Chinese standards being home to only around 600,000 people but it can still get pretty busy being a popular tourist destination for many Chinese. It’s an attractive coastal city, clean and has a certain charm about it not seen in other Chinese cities I have been.

In the 1840’s the British invaded the area and began colonising, open the port for trade, and soon after many other western countries came into town and established colonies. The memories of this past can be seen in the beautiful old colonial style buildings that can be found throughout the city. In 1938 the Japanese invaded and took over the city until 1945. It’s perhaps that unfortunate past, via the constructions of the era and the hot climate that’s left it with kind of mediterranean feel.

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Hukeng to Xiamen bus

I thought I’d have to travel back to Yongding to get a bus to Xiamen but lucky for me there’s a bus running direct from Hukeng.

Just outside the main gate to ‘Yongding Hakka Earth Building Folk Cultural Village is a bus station, well, it’s a small shop on the corner with a few chairs on the footpath, but it’s where the bus going to Xiamen stops and that’s where I’m off to.

Apparently there’s several buses leaving from here to Xiamen throughout the day and considering I didn’t have any accommodation booked in Xiamen I decided to get on the first bus at 7.30 in the morning.

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Fuyulou Changdi Inn and Hukeng Village

Fuyulou Changdi Inn and Hukeng Village

After a full day tour of the tulou buildings it was back to the Fuyulou Changdi Inn just in time for a tea drinking session with the owner and guests. Here they grow there own tea, and it’s good gear, so good, I made sure to take some home. After an hour of solid tea drinking it was time for dinner, and fortunately they have english menu, and even a French menu too!

The food from the in house kitchen is top quality, fresh, tasty and fairly priced. It’s just what I needed after a sleepless night on the train and a long day exploring the tulou buildings throughout the area. Even better, was having the French couple as company for dinner.

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A Day at the Hakka Tulou Buildings of Fujian Province China

A Day at the Hakka Tulou Buildings of Fujian Province China

The south east region of Fujian Province in China is a quite picturesque green mountainous landscape that has long been a home to many of one of Chinas minority groups the Hakkas.  The Hakkas are probably most well known for cuisine, culture but mostly for their very unique homes of which many still standing today date back over 700 years old.

As rumor has it, in the early days of satellite spying, the US suspected these may have been missile silos and reportedly sent spies to investigate. Lucky spies, as they would have stopped in and got to enjoy the delicious local Hakka cuisine!

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From Yongding Station to Hukeng Village

From Yongding Station to Hukeng Village

Yongding is a rural county within Chinas Fujian Province, the city of Yongding itself is small, minute by Chinese terms in that it probably has a population of less than 10,000, but I’m only guessing.  This is the place where I to go on and see the famous tulou buildings.

Once again my efforts in foward planning had rewarded me, here I was, I’d just stepped off a train at a small country town somewhere in China with no idea where to go or what to do next.

Conveniently, the GPS wouldn’t pick up a signal and at 5am in the morning, it was pleasantly pitch black. Hmmm, are there hotels here? How do I find them? Where are these Toulu buildings I came so far to see? As I walked towards the station exit I once again committed to myself ‘i must book things in advance, I must book things in advance, i must book things in advance’….

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