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Transportation In Xiamen
Accessibility to Xiamen City

Xiamen City has perfect transportation conditions on the sea, on the land and in the sky. In the perfect and popularized transportation service system, whet her you are entering Xiamen by sea, by air or through land transportation, you can all learn the enjoyment in traveling brought to you by the modern transportation means. The airplanes, boats, trains and automobiles move to and from every where daily and shuttle back and forth at any time. These plus the middle distance and short distance big bus, medium bus, mini bus, taxi and non-governmental transportation, make it convenient for you to travel around in Xiamen easily and very economically whatever transportation means you employ.


Gaoqi International Airport Xiamen is a modern airport completed in the 1980s. it is now one of the country's 18 key airports serving as a hub of transportation. It is an airport in category B of class one. Gaoqi International Airport now handles airplanes to and from over 50 domestic and international air routes including 8 international (regional) routes. The runoff of passengers at this airport in 1997 ranked the sixth among more than 100 airports of the country.

By Air:
Most travelers going to Xiamen resort to air-travel, making it the fourth largest air traffic hub in China after Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Daily direct flights are available from Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hangzhou, Kunming, Shanghai and Shenzhen. In addition, you can also go to international destinations such as Bangkok, Singapore, Manila and Osaka.
By Train

Yingtan-Xiamen trunk railway has been running since shortly after the Liberation. Now Xiamen Railway Station is capable of handling 6 pairs of trains at the same time. There are express or slow trains to Shanghai, Nanjing (Hefei), Hangzhou, Yingtan, Fuzhou, Longyan, Beijing and other cities. Recently, special tourist trains are arranged to run to and from Ningbo and the Wuyi Mountains from time to time.

Compared with air transport, railway transport seems to be no match, for the city is in essence an island linked to the mainland by a bridge. The rail links to this part of the world are not the best, although they have been improving recently. However train links to most parts of the North, due to the mountainous topography of Fujian, still take fairly circuitous and time-consuming routes.
By Bus:
It is possible to take a daily bus to go to Fuzhou and Quanzhou from the long-distance bus station or the ferry terminal. Distant destination such as Guangzhou and Shenzhen are also reachable by regular and frequent coaches. Luxurious air-con buses also depart from the larger hotels.
By Boat:
Ferry Steamer

There is a special express ferry steamer line between Xiamen and Gulangyu Island. It is the main transportation means for sightseeing travelers to pass Lujiang River and to arrive at the beautiful Gulangyu Island. The service time is from six o'clock in the morning to 11 o'clock in the evening. There is one steamer coming out every several minutes. The term of the traveling is about 8 to 10 minutes. When you are at Gulangyu Island and want to come back to Xiamen you have to buy a single ticket that costs you about 1 yuan. And if you want to sit on the second floor, you have to pay additional 0.5 yuan each time.
Besides, there are some short-distant ferry steamers to and from Jimei, Haicang, Zengying, Shima and Haideng etc.
The ferry steamer may stop running temporarily in case there is a foul weather

Regular ships leaves the Amoy Port Administration Passenger Station at Heping Pier on Tongwen Rd. Every week, there is a ship to Hong Kong (every Wednesday 17:00 depart from Xiamen, leave Hong Kong on every Tuesday 14:00). There are also direct cargo ships linking Xiamen and Gaoxiong.


In the end of 1997, the Xiamen-Quanzhou expressway was completed and put into operation while the Xiamen-Zhangzhou expressway was also open to traffic in 1998.

City Transport:
Going from one place to another within the city is fairly easy with over 50 public transport routes. Bus fares are RMB1. Minibuses also shuttle back and forth in the city, but be prepared for delay because minibus drivers are liable to wait until the bus is full. Fares for such buses are from RMB1 and above depending on the number of stops. Taxis can be hailed with ease in the downtown area and at major scenic spots on the outskirts
Urban Transportation

Xiamen has good public transport facilities in the urban area. By the end of May, 1998, a total of 60 routes of public bus had been opened to transport passengers to their destinations within the city. Every day 4,359 runs of public buses transport passengers to every part of the city. There are 15 public vehicles per 10,000 persons in Xiamen.


First---Last us Stop


First---Last Bus Stop


Xiamen University--Railway Station


Ferry--Baicheng (White City)


Ferry--# 3 Lotus Village


Ferry--Railway Station


Ferry--Railway Station


Dongdu--Railway Station


Ferry--Baolong Center


Huli Bus Stop--Ferry




Pine & Cypress Center--Railway Station


Xiamen University--Yueyang Residential Quarters


Wanshoulu Road--Yueyang Residential Quarters


Pearl Bay--Railway Station


Xiamen University--Jimei


Xiamen University--Shangli


Xiamen University--Railway Station


Bonded Area--North Village


Ferry--# 5 Lotus Village


Ferry--Jiangtou Residential Quarters


Yijing Garden--Railway Station




Ferry--Railway Station


Xiamen University--Huang Cuo




Ferry--Huicheng Business Center




Dianqian--Railway Station


Huli Bus Stop--# 2 Lotus Village


North Village--Xidi Zonghe Matou


Dongdu--# 2 Lotus Village


Airport--Railway Station


Dongpu--Railway Station


Railway Station--Qianpu


Huli Bus Stop--Airport


Jiangtou Beiqu--Railway Station


Bonded Area--Railway Station




Xiamen University--# 5 Lotus Village


Transportation among the Main Tourist Areas of Xiamen City

Xiamen City Public Transport Company has spent more than a million yuan purchasing three 22-seated deluxe buses and one 44-seated deluxe bus to run two tourist routes day and night beginning from September 3, 1998. There are 14 runs in all every day, of which 11 runs go during the day-time round the city along Airport, Railway Station, Quay, and the main attractions within the urban area and big hotels, the other 3 runs go at night along the same route as the day runs but stop at Yundang Lake, Egret Islet, Zhongshan Road, Egret River Street to visit night scenes. The IC card telephones on the tourist buses make it very convenient for citizens and tourists, especially individual travelers touring the Island, to communicate with the outside if necessary.
In July, 1997, Xiamen opened a special tourist bus route numbered 17 from Railway Station via Jinbangshan Park, Xiamen Botanical Garden, South Putuo Temple, Xiamen University, Huli Mountain Fortress and Zengcuo Convent Seaside to Pearl Bay. After that, the tourist bus route numbered 18 was put into operation from Xiamen University, via South Putuo Temple, Xiamen Botanical Garden, Jinbang Park, Railway Station, Fushan International Exhibition City, Torch High Technology Base, Shigushan Overpass, Institute of Tropical Plants and Jimei Trans-sea Bridge. The buses running on these two tourist routes are deluxe large or middle buses with air conditioning