Posted on August 20, 2018
Posted on August 20, 2018
Xiamen, known as a coastal city in Fujian Province, is located in the southeast of China. Xiamen city was built in Ming Dynasty as an important seaport which was once closed to foreigners. While, it was forced to be open in the first Opium Wars. In 1980s, Xiamen became one of China’s earliest Special Economic Zones. Meanwhile, numerous travelers are allured to Xiamen for its beautiful attractions, like Gulangyu Island, Sunlight Rock, Hulishan Fortress, Xiamen University, Nanputuo Temple, Oversea Chinese Museum, etc. Therefore, Xiamen is a great place for most tourists to have a sightseeing before your Tibet tour. When you arrive in Lhasa, you can start your Tibet tour from Lhasa attractions.
There are no direct train to Tibet from Xiamen now, but you can choose to transfer to other major cities first, like Xining, Chengdu, Xi’an, Chongqing, etc. Afterwards, you can take flight or train to Lhasa from these cities.
As for flights, there are only one flight from Xiamen to Lhasa every other day currently. This flight, operated by Xiamen Airline, departs from Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport to Lhasa Gongga International Airport. The duration of the flight is about 6.5 hours, from 7:10am to 13:40pm.
Gulangyu Island, known for its beautiful beaches and winding lanes, covers an area of 1.78 square kilometers. This island is the most popular attraction in Xiamen, and Sunlight Rock and Shuzhuang Garden are most attractive among the scenic spots on the island.
Sunlight Rock, as the landmark of Xiamen, is the highest peak on the island with the height of 92.7m. Located in the center of this island, the Sunlight Rock is a good place to appreciate the various architecture and stunning scenery.
Shuzhuang Garden, located in the south of Gulangyu Island, was constructed in 1913. It was a private villa of a local gentry – Lin Erjia, and served as a garden in 1955. The hoster designed this place to reappear the feature of Banqiao villa and the charm of Jiangnan Garden.
Hulishan Fortress, located at the southern end of Xiamen Island, was constructed in 1894 in Qing Dynasty. This fortress is about over 70,000 square meters, composed of the barracks, a secret tunnel, a tower, a sentry platform, the ammunition depot, the trench and the castle.
Xiamen University was founded in 1921 by a well-known overseas Chinese patriot – Mr. Tan Kah Kee. Xiamen University is the first university which found the independent campus overseas, considered as one of the most beautiful compus in China.
Nanputuo Temple, lying at the foot of Five Old Men Peak, is located in the south of Xiamen Island. This temple was constructed in the late Tang Dynasty, called as “Sizhou Temple”. The literal meaning of Nanputuo is Southern Putuo. As it worships Avalokiteshvara like the Bodhimanda in the Putuo Mountain of Zhejiang Province and is located in the south of it, this temple is called as Southern Putuo Temple.
Oversea Chinese Museum is a comprehensive museum where you can get the information of overseas Chinese all over the world, and built in 1956 by Mr. Tan Kah Kee. This museum is a 6-story building with an area of 3,000 square meters, owning more than 7,000 exhibits.