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Quick Facts

Discover Vibrant and Charming East Xiamen

Coastal Xiamen has been an important port for centuries, and became one of China’s first Special Economic Zones in the 1980s.

It is a dynamic, affluent and modern city, known for its clean and pleasant environment.

The main tourist area is Gulangyu, a small traffic-free island, which is home to some beautiful old colonial-style buildings.

Visas

All international travellers require visas although Brunei, Japan, and Singapore passport holders are able to enjoy visa-free access to China for up to 15 days.

Standard 30-day, single-entry visas can be issued in three to five working days from most Chinese embassies, and must be used within three months of the date of issue. Longer visas are often more difficult to obtain.

For further details, consult with your travel agent, China International Travel Service, China Travel Service, or any Chinese embassy or consulate.

View visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China


Currency

The local unit of currency is the Chinese Yuan (RMB).

Credit cards are accepted in major hotels and shopping malls.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

RMB 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
1.18 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
1.00 Chinese Yuan Renminbi (RMB)
0.15 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

There are no sales, duty or value-added taxes in Xiamen.


Tipping

A 15% service charge is added to hotel and restaurant bills.


Business Hours

Bank Hours
9am – 12noon / 1pm – 5pm, Monday through Sunday.

Office Hours
8.30am – 12noon, 2.30pm – 5.30pm, Monday through Friday.

Shopping Hours
Most shops are open seven days a week, from 10am to 10pm.


Public Health

Given China's high population density, public hospitals are often crowded, despite significant government efforts and investments in the public health sector. Advanced, online reservations are recommended prior to visiting a hospital in China.


Dress

Light suits and dresses are appropriate for business affairs. A light sweater is recommend year-round, even in the summer months, when the air conditioning may leave you feeling a bit cool indoors. Coats are occasionally necessary from December to February.


Weather

Xiamen has a sub-tropical climate, with warm to hot-and-humid summer, from May to September, and a cooler "winter" season from December to February. The typhoon season lasts from July to September, when heavy rain is typical.

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Feb 17 10
Mar 19 12
Apr 23 16
May 27 20
Jun 30 24
Jul 32 25
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Sep 30 24
Oct 27 21
Nov 23 16
Dec 20 12
Facts

Population
1.86 million

Language
Mandarin

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Measures
Metric

Voltage
220 volts

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Mobile Phones
GSM, TD-SCDMA, WCDMA, TD-LTE, FDD- LTE & GSM900/1800/1900