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Xiamen puts on a good show for residents and visitors alike. A pleasing range of activities is supported throughout the year, with something to suit everyone. Beyond a sprinkling of Western-style nightclubs, most of the entertainment options have a distinct Chinese air.
The beach is the most popular place to relax and have fun. Whether sunbathing on the golden sands, scuba diving or cycling, this is the place to pass the afternoon. There's also a water park in Huli district for kids who need something extra.
On the cosmopolitan side of things, Xiamen boasts Western-style bars, karaoke clubs, discos and quieter tea houses. Another evening option is to take attend an opera. There are two operatic styles with roots in the region.
There are a bunch of beaches to see in Xiamen. People come to stroll along the boardwalk in the mornings and evenings. Active pursuits like paddling and windsurfing are also possible here along the coast. Here are top 3 sposts. The first one is Guanyin Mountain Beach is the biggest beach in Xiamen. nearly 3 km long, this beach is perfect for those who want to get out and throw a Frisbee (without worry of hitting nearby sunbathers) or do other beach-centric activities. The 2nd is Baicheng Beach, Located just south of Xiamen University, Baicheng Beach is located between Yanwu Bridge and Hulishan Fort. The views from the beach are pretty impressive, especially the contrasting natural setting with the giant half circle Expressway Bridge that loops out over the coast on the horizon. Baicheng is the “most convenient” place to have a swim in Xiamen, as many bus lines stop right by the beach. A fun day trip would be to first stop by Xiamen University and take in the literary atmosphere, then walk down to Baicheng Beach for a relaxing late afternoon swim, followed by a sunset walk along the coast. The last one isHuangcuo Beach, located on the southeastern side of Xiamen. It is one of the more underdeveloped beaches on Xiamen. But "underdeveloped" in this case is not a pejorative. Actually, Huangcuo Beach has the cleanest sand in Xiamen and the water is super clear, making this the best all-around beach in Xiamen.
Underwater Sea World
With its outstanding variety of marine life, this is one of the best aquariums in China. An onsite feeding tank gives guests the chance to feed baby sharks and sea turtles, but the most enthralling attraction is the underwater tunnel with its unique 360-degree vantage point.
Xiamen Water Park
This park may be worth the stop for families with children, especially if the beaches aren't delivering enough high-octane excitement. The main attraction is a tangle of enormous waterslides, but there are also dedicated swimming areas. The park is in Huli and can be crowded on hot, summer days.
Operatic performance is staged at larger hotels and in cultural centers across Xiamen. Gaojia Opera is the Fuji variety that receives the most attention, and includes plenty of comic relief. Tawainese-style Gezai Opera is also well-ingrained in the local culture.
Zheng Chenggong Memorial Hall
Zheng Chenggong Memorial Hall is located in the north side of Gulangyu Island, which was built in 1962 in honor of the national hero of General Zheng Chenggong, who expelled the Dutch from Taiwan in 1662.In the Memorial Hall, there are seven display rooms, where the General Zheng Chenggong’s life was relived through many Historical relics, include his swords, historical documents, stone inscriptions, cannons, sculptures.
Zheng Chenggong, also known as Koxinga, is a Ming Dynasty icon shrouded in myth and legend. Depending on who you ask, Koxinga was either a pirate ruffian, feared and loathed by all who crossed his path, or a heroic soldier brimming with charisma and loyalty the Ming. No matter which school of thought you subscribe to, it was Koxinga who led Chinese troops to victory over the Dutch for control of Taiwan in 1662, thereby ending almost four decades of Dutch occupancy.
The Zheng Chenggong Memorial Hall commemorates this victory, along other significant events in Koxinga's life. A collection of swords, stone inscriptions and bronze cannon are on display in the free Memorial Hall. A jade belt said to be worn by Koxinga is proudly exhibited as the hall's focal point.
Overseas Chinese Museum
The Huaqiao Bowuguan (Overseas Chinese Museum) was established in 1956 by Overseas Chinese entrepreneur and philanthropist, Tan Kah Kee, and documents the lives of many Chinese emigrants over the centuries.
The museum's 3 halls feature over 7,000 exhibits including pottery, bronze wares, paintings and calligraphy, hundreds of plant and animal specimens, and even a couple of mummies which were found in Xinjiang province.
Golfing is well catered for in Xiamen with three courses in the area. The Orient Golf and Country Club was the first PGA tournament venue in China and enjoys spectacular seaside views. Kai Kou Xiamen Golf Club opened in 1994, while Paean Golf Club is responding to increased interest in the sport with private lessons and practice ranges.
Xiamen's nightlife isn't as raucous as that in more prominent coastal cities in China, but a good selection of bars, pubs and discos still awaits visitors. Most of the bars are in Siming district, with a few more in Huli. Live music plays at a few bars including Hello Life in Kaiyuan district. The nightlife in town is still emerging and many of the town's nightclubs are still typical Chinese style discos blaring the likes of the Vengaboys and vintage Aqua hits such as Barbie Girl. Some local bars and clubs cater to the tastes of the growing expert community offering live music and imported beverages. Head to The Mask or NASA if you're looking for a decent DJ.