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Summary

This 3-day itinerary in Xiamen offers a blend of relaxation, cultural exploration, and natural beauty. From the healing waters of Riyuegu Hotsprings Resort to the serene South Putuo Temple and the bustling Xiamen University campus, day one sets the tone for an immersive experience. Day two invites you to explore the car-free island of Gulangyu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with rich history and unique museums. The journey concludes with a visit to the Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Center and Wuyuanwan Wetland Park, showcasing the city's modern amenities and natural splendor.

🌟 Day 1: Xiamen Exploration Start

Begin your Xiamen journey with a visit to the Riyuegu Hotsprings Resort, followed by the serene South Putuo Temple and the bustling Xiamen University campus.

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🏞️ Riyuegu Hotsprings Resort

A popular attraction for relaxation and wellness, the Riyuegu Hotsprings Resort offers a rejuvenating experience amidst picturesque surroundings. The resort features a range of hot spring pools, spa facilities, and tranquil gardens, providing a perfect retreat from the bustling city life.

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Tips

Spend about 7 hours to fully enjoy the hot springs and surrounding amenities, allowing ample time to unwind and indulge in the therapeutic benefits of the natural springs.

Travel Information
🌐   Website: http://www.riyuegu.com/
📍   Address: Haicang District, Xiamen, China, 361027

🏯 South Putuo Temple

South Putuo Temple, also known as Nan Putuo Temple, is a stunning Buddhist temple dating back to the Tang Dynasty. Nestled against the backdrop of Wulao Mountain, the temple boasts spacious landscaped grounds with terraces, pools, and pagodas, creating a serene and spiritually enriching ambiance. Visitors can explore the architectural highlights, serene ponds, and captivating calligraphy, immersing themselves in the temple's rich historical and cultural significance.

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Tips

To ensure a seamless visit, make appointments online before visiting, and remember that foreigners need to show their passports upon arrival.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +86 592 208 8554
📍   Address: China, Fujian, Xiamen, Siming District, 思明南路515号 邮政编码 - 361005

🏛️ Xiamen University

Known for its beautiful campus, Xiamen University is a multi-disciplinary institution founded in 1921. The campus is renowned for its picturesque location between the sea and the Five Old Men mountains, offering visitors breathtaking views and a tranquil atmosphere. The modern infrastructure sprawls over an expansive area at the foot of Wulao Feng hill and near Xiamen bay, making it one of the most beautiful campuses in China.

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Tips

Reservation through the Uni Wechat account 'U厦大' is mandatory for visiting, ensuring that visitors can explore the university's architectural marvels and scenic landscapes while maintaining the school's order and teaching environment.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +86 592 218 0000
🌐   Website: https://www.xmu.edu.cn/
📍   Address: 422 Siming S Rd, Siming District, Xiamen, Fujian, China, 361005

🏝️ Day 2: Gulangyu Island Adventure

Explore the car-free island of Gulangyu, known for its historical buildings, beautiful beaches, and unique museums.

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🏞️ Gulangyu Island

A UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting nearly one thousand historical buildings, including former European consulates and Chinese-inspired Art Deco mansions. The island's rich history dates back to the turn of the 20th century when it housed a thriving European community due to Xiamen's role as a gateway for traders and missionaries.

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Tips

Consider buying ferry tickets in advance to avoid long queues. Opt for the electric cart for a comprehensive tour around the island, ensuring you don't miss out on any of its historical and natural wonders.

🎹 Gulangyu Piano Museum

Showcases a diverse collection of over 6,800 shells from around the world and vintage pianos, including vintage Steinways, gold-plated pianos, and self-playing instruments. It's the sole museum in China exhibiting a diverse array of antique pianos from around the globe.

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Tips

Don't confuse it with the Organ Art Center. Highly recommended for music enthusiasts and those interested in exploring the history of pianos. After the museum visit, take a stroll through the serene seaside pavilion within Shuzhuang Garden for a complete cultural experience.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +86 592 206 0238
📍   Address: 45 Huangyan Rd, Siming District, Xiamen, Fujian, China, 361001

Day 3: Cultural and Natural Wonders

Conclude your trip with a visit to the Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Center, Wuyuanwan Wetland Park, and other nearby attractions.

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Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Center

A popular venue offering easy access to local beaches and shopping malls.

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Tips

Explore the lakeside and gardens nearby for a relaxing day.

Wuyuanwan Wetland Park

The largest park in Xiamen, often referred to as the urban green lung of the city.

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Tips

Perfect for jogging or a weekend trip. Visit in March to see nesting egrets.

Travel Information
📍   Address: Huli District, Xiamen, China, 361016