The ancient city of Xiamen (aka Amoy) is situated on an island and inlet on the southeast coast of Fujian province, directly opposite Taiwan.
Xiamen has been a major seaport and commercial centre for centuries and was one of the five "Special Economic Zones" when China opened up to global trade in the 1980s. It is home to the huge annual China International Fair for Investment and Trade and a large and growing hi-tech zone with movie, animation and gaming sectors.
A vibrant, affluent and modern city with a dynamic cultural life, the city has beautiful gardens, parks and beaches, and is a charming mix of old and new. It is a popular tourist destination with several UNESCO Heritage Sites - Nearby Guland Yu, a small picturesque pedestrian island, and Tulou - ancient communal earthen buildings - in the countryside to the west.