Xiamen, is a major city in southeastern Fujian province, beside the Taiwan Strait. Xiamen Island was considered to possess one of the world's great natural harbors in Yundang Bay. Xiamen is known for its mild climate, Hokkien culture and Gulangyu Island, as well as its relatively low pollution. In 2006, Xiamen was ranked as China's 2nd-"most suitable city for living", as well as China's "most romantic leisure city" in 2011.

Xiamen climate

Xiamen has a subtropical monsoon climate with warm, humid summers (from June to August) and moderate, relatively dry winters (from December to February). Average summer temperatures range from 23 ° Celsius (73° Fahrenheit) to 33 ° C (91° F) at the peak of summer in July. The coldest part of the year is between the end of January and the middle of February. The wettest period of the year is between spring and early summer. The most humid period of the year is between late June and the end of August, with an humidity of sometimes 95 percent. Xiamen is a year-round destination, but travelers should be aware that hurricanes usually occur between July and September.

Xiamen culture

Xiamen is a city where classical and modem folk customs and lifestyle are interwoven with each other, and South Fujian's conditions and customs with strong local characteristics are blended with the graceful artistic glamour. In Xiamen, the peaceful coexistence of the people believing in different religions, the high popularity of the extensive and profound tea culture, and various folk festivals and celebrations a time-honored history, such as the dragon boat race full of local flavors, the "Moon Cake Game" held at the Mid-Autumn Festival, Nanyin which is known as the "living fossil of music," and the prolonged local quyi (folk art forms including ballad singing, story-telling, comic dialogues, clapper talks, cross talks, etc.), have given birth to the unique and exciting local culture of Xiamen.

As one of the birthplaces of gongfu tea. Xiamen has a strong tea culture atmosphere.

The Dragon Boat Festival. which falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, is called the "Fifth Month Festival" by the local people of Xiamen. At the Dragon Boat Festival, the local people of Xiamen are accustomed to drying clothes in the sun. doing general cleaning at home. eating zongzi (pyramid-shaped glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in reed or bamboo leaves), and holding the dragon boat race.

Xiamen living guideline

This guide is a collection of resources and practical advice for living in Xiamen. Here are the subjects that we will cover:

1. China's currency


2. Monthly Net Salaries in Xiamen

Monthly Net Salaries of Language Teacher
Average Price
Public school 8500 CNY
Kindergarten 12000 CNY
International school 16500 CNY

3. Food prices in Xiamen

Eating and Drinking Out
Average Price
Meal Inexpensive Restaurant 34.00 CNY
Meal Expensive Chinese Restaurant 168.14 CNY
Meal Expat Restaurant216.09 CNY
Meal at McDonald 37.64 CNY
Cup of Coffee 27.09 CNY

Average Price
Regular Milk (1 Liter) 13.68 CNY
White Rice (500 g) 8.19 CNY
Eggs (6) 10.28 CNY
Chicken Breasts (500 g) 20.39 CNY
Apples (500 g) 8.91 CNY
Oranges (500 g) 12.50 CNY
Tomatoes (500 g) 8.86 CNY
Water (Bottle of 1.5 Liter) 4.87 CNY
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 93.28 CNY
Domestic Beer (Bottle of 0.66 Liter) 6.75 CNY

4. Accommodation and Transportation cost

Accommodation (Monthly Rent)
Average Price
Room in Shared Apartment, Suburb 1560 CNY
Room in Shared Apartment, City Center 2950 CNY
3 Rooms Apartment, City Center 8600 CNY
3 Rooms Apartment, Suburb 4500 CNY

Average Price
Taxi Fare (Minimum Fare, First 3 Km) 14.00 CNY
Taxi Fare (Fare per Km) 2.50 CNY
Subway Ticket (Minimum Fare) 3.00 CNY
Bus Ticket (Minimum Fare) 1.00 CNY

5. Live in Xiamen

There are six districts are under the administration of Xiamen: Siming, Huli, Jimei, Haicang, Tong'an and Xiang'an. Xiamen City comprises Xiamen Island proper, Gulangyu (Gulang Island) and the coastal part of north Jiulong River. Known for centuries as Amoy, the city’s colorful character stems from its roots as a 14th-century Ming dynasty trade center and outpost to defend against Japanese pirates.

Picturesque, tree-lined sandy beaches delimit the idyllic city of Xiamen in southeast China’s Fujian province. Most people are impressed with Xiamen's beautiful scenery and remarkable city infrastructure. Also, the average expat is able to enjoy a moderately high standard of living in Xiamen.

The nearby Quemoy Islands house the sought-after Gulangyu Island. Ample palm trees screen the island’s serene beauty, tranquil atmosphere, fresh air and enchanting architecture. Gulangyu is merely a sample of Xiamen’s breathtaking beauty that lures tourists from far-flung corners of the earth.

Mandarin is the official language. Many people in Xiamen can speak a bit of English. Xiamen citizens are courteous and honest. The use of three Mandarin expressions is always appreciated:

Xiamen continues to grow and improve day by day. In addition, moderate temperatures in every season make for comfortable living.

6. Xiamen Travel Guide

Basic Facts

Land Area: 1,565 square kilometers (about 604 square miles)

Sea Area: 300 square kilometers (about 116 square miles)

Population: 2,520,000

Area Code: 0592

Zip Code: 361000

Nickname: Egret Island

Located at the southeast coast of China, Xiamen is a tourist city of Fujian Province famous for its attractive seascape. As one of the major seaports since ancient times, it boasts a wide gulf with deep water but without freezing and silting. The name was consequently given, which means 'a gate of China'. As one of the forerunners of the special economic zones of China, the city mainly consisting of Xiamen Island, Gulangyu Island, the north bank area of the Jiulong River and Tong'an County, is connected with the mainland by the Gaoji Seawall, Xiamen Bridge, etc. The city has been called the Egret Island because of the hundreds of thousands of egrets inhabiting there. This is due to the beautiful natural scenery, the fresh air and the clean environment of the city.

Being of a subtropical monsoon climate with mild weather all year round expect the typhoon months, this city is an ideal tourist destination for you. It is a typical littoral city with abundant tourist attractions such as islands, mountains, temples and parks, etc., providing you with a full sightseeing schedule. The well-known Gulangyu Island, South Putuo Temple and other areas like Jimei, Hulishan Fortress, Wanshiyan, etc. are highly recommended for a tour. A sea tourist line is also available for you to enjoy the amazing scenery of many beautiful small islands around.

Being the hometown of many overseas Chinese, this city has actually benefited from the contribution of overseas Chinese and its economy has undertaken great advancement. To promote its tourism industry, it has established not only the corresponding infrastructures, but also a great variety of entertainment centers. The folk customs of the minorities, varied local festivals and especially the particular local dishes and snacks are also appealing to visitors. This city, with distinct oriental culture and southern Fujian features, welcomes you from all over the world.

7. Fujian Tourism

Fujian's long history, numerous places of interest and beautiful natural scenery make Fujian become a very distinctive tourism areas. Fujian has a lot of mountains and vast sea. Its superior subtropical Marine climate, wide variety of coast type, beautiful scenery of the islands, and various types of Marine landscapes, coupling with coastal numerous and rich religious, cultural, military, history of the connotation of scenic spots and historical sites and emerging port city, make Fujian become an ideal tourist resort.

Fujian's famous Mt. Wuyishan, Meizhou Island, Gulangyu Island and South Putuo Temple, ancient pagodas, ancient bridge and ancient castle are unique tourism resort. Fujian closely combines mountains and sea, nature and humanity, and forms excellent tourism resources regional composite structure. The tourism resources are intensively distributed, natural landscape and human landscape enhance each other's beauty. "Hot Spring Ancient Capital - Fuzhou", "Sea Garden - Xiamen," "Marine Silk Road - Quanzhou", "Romantic Jiuqu - wonderland Wuyi", "Oriental castles, Fujian Tulou" become Fujian's important support to build international well-known tourist destination.