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Xiamen University

Welcome to the beautiful Xiamen University's Furong Lake  Amoy Magic--Guide to Xiamen and Fujiancampus of Xiamen University--a campus by the sea. This is a wonderful place to stroll around on a sunny morning or afternoon. First head for the lake in the center of campus. If you walk the paths around the lake you will discover arched bridges and an island with bronze life-size statues. From the lake you can see the modern architecture of the new administration and classroom buildings as well as the original ancient style dormitory buildings on the opposite sides. Behind those buildings you can hike up the mountains in the back. There are many trails that lead over the mountain to the botantical gardens on the other side.

If you walk to the East of the lake you will find paths leading to the ancient style original campus classrooms that surround a football stadium which has a view of the ocean. The ocean and the beautiful beach road are bordering the campus. There are beautiful walkways along the beach and benches for a relaxing time contemplating the waves. Dr Bill overlooking Xiamen University's Furong Lake from the balcony of the MBA Building

On the North side of campus are the bustling campus stores and many small restaurants. Our favorite restaurant along here is the Lin Duck House. More about that on the Restaurant page. If you want to take a hike over the mountain, the easy path is found by heading straight up the road from the Nan Pu Tuo University Entrance and past the round cafeteria and keep to your left following the road. They have made a stone path the whole way over the mountain and then down into the botanical gardens. You first pass through the military park and veer to the right and down. It is the back way into the Gardens and it used to be free going that way, but now I've heard they charge 20rmb per person.

I hope you enjoy an outing to the university; it is well worth your time!..C
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10,000 Rock Botanical Garden

(from Fujian Adventure by Dr. Bill Brown) Xiamen's ..One of the many beautiful trails winding through the Xiamen Botanical Garden
227 hectare 10,000 Rock Botanical Garden has more rocks than university cafeteria rice. Millions of tourists and locals delight in the maze of picturesque paths winding between hills and past jumbled boulders like "Laughing Rock," many of which bear the calligraphic inscriptions of the ancients. Tags along the trails give in Chinese and Latin the names and origins of the plants.

The twenty odd nurseries (some very odd ) have over 5,300 kinds of tropical and sub-tropical Stone bridge near the Nunnery in the Xiamen Botanical Garden.  While Protestant pastors have wives, Buddhist and Catholic monks have nun.plants. On the peak overlooking Xiamen University is a Military Museum, as well as the Buddhist nunnery that explains why centuries of Nanputuo monks have worn so many trails over the Five Old Men Mountains in search of enlightenment.

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Hong Shan Park

Hong Shan Park (Swan Mountain Park), on South Siming Road, is a nice little park with a carousel, a small temple for small Buddhists, and a Ferris wheel that gives the best panoramic view in town. During storms, hilltop winds blowing both vertically and horizontally create what locals call "knitted rain"-an umbrella-defying phenomenon can put a damper on a picnic.

(Donna Vaughan) "...I do have one hidden treasure here and that is
Hongshan Park. It is so quiet there and it seems that
few people visit because it is all uphill. But there are plenty of places to sit along the way, great vistas of Xiamen and the Straits, and a wonderful tea house on top. Enter through the temple on Siming Nan Lu and it's a great experience."
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Zhong Shan Park

Zhong Shan Park (Sun-yatsen Park) commemorates Dr. Sun Yat-sen (Sun Zhongshan, in Mandarin). A statue to the great man bears his granddaughter's inscription, "The Great Democratic Revolutionary Pioneer Dr. Sun Yat-Sen." Granted she's biased, but so are the other 1.3 billion Chinese. Every two-ox town in China has a Zhongshan Park or Zhongshan Road. And recent reports claim that China is seeking UNESCO World Heritage status for its 36 Sun-yatsen Parks.

Thanks to the national slogan, "Less Walls, See Green," solid walls around all of Xiamen's parks and institutions have come down, replaced by ornate wrought iron fences and shrubbery, and entry to Zhongshan Park is now free.

Zhongshan Park has a small zoo, rental paddleboats, and displays and performances from 0061ll over China. On Lantern Festival Eve, young and old alike parade around parks and downtown toting traditional cloth or paper lanterns, or electric plastic lamps shaped like fish, horses, and Mickey Mouse.

Nanputuo Temple Nanputuo Temple, first built around 686 A.D.

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Nanputuo Temple's halls and pavilions sprawl across the Five Old Men Mountains like an oversized Chinese miniature landscape. When built in 686 A.D., it was called Sizhou Temple, but during the reign of Kangxi, the name was changed to Nan Putuo because they worship Guanyin (a goddess who started out as a god-but I'm sure that happens in California quite a lot).

Signs by the lotus-covered pond urge visitors to "Love Xiamen" or "Beautify Egret Island." On a stone bench behind the bamboo grove behind the "Cherish flowers and grass" sign, a youth was cherishing his flower and embracing the maxim to "Love one another."
One of Dr. Bill's cartoons--explaining why Milofu (Maitreya) has such a big belly.
Pot-bellied god Milofu (Maitreya) greets Nanputuo visitors. Amoy folk like him because he's the god of wealth, but he appears to be in no hurry to pay up. Buddhist sutras claim that after Buddha rules for 10,000 years, international morality will be so high that Buddhism will die out, and Milofu will show up 8 million years later.

The compound interest alone will bankrupt him-unless he pays off in Hell Money.

Hell to Pay. Burning a paper replica, in theory, sends the essence of the real thing to extinguished ancestors down below. Yellow paper becomes gold; white paper becomes silver. Nowadays, people burn paper houses, microwaves, television, furniture, cars, Lear jets-even exquisitely engraved Hell Visa Cards, Hell Passports (with U.S. visas), and Hell checking account books (not even the Bank of China offers personal checking yet). Given that Buddhism has 84,136 hells, and needs may vary, the simplest sacrifice is stacks of Hell Money.

Hell Money! For mere pennies, pilgrims can burn stacks of million dollar bills, the idea being that folks down below can't tell real money from counterfeit. Even the poorest denizen of hell might rake in more money in one day than Bill Gates can make in a year, even with his infernal upgrades.
It must make for some hellish inflation down there.

Air Conditioned Hell?! Click These Thumbnails for photos of fine paper paraphernalia I've seen for sale: Hell cars, Hell clothes, Hell phones and rice cookers....even paper Hell air conditioners! Leave it to the Chinese to try to air condition Hell! By the way... I asked why anyone would send their extinguished ancestors a paper horse when they could send them a paper Mercedes just as cheaply. I was told, "Because they don't know how to drive."
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Paper air conditioners for hell.   Only the Chinese would try to air condition hell! Paper apartment buliding to sacrifice to extinguished ancestors Paper cars and billions of dollars of paper Hell money.  Must make for some hellish inflation down there! Paper telephone to sacrifice to ancestors.

Paper Mahjong game to sacrifice to extinguished ancestors Billions of dollars of paper hell money
Paper cell phone, watch, and other fine accessories for the most discriminating extinguished ancestor Paper hell horses.  I asked why not just send their extinguished ancestors a paper Mercedes, and I was told, "Because they don't know how to drive."

Just inside Nanputuo's gates (past the beggars yelling, "Laoban! Laoban!" "Boss! Boss!") are the temple tourist shops. The shaven headed proprietors were too busy watching a Kung Fu movie to notice me as I inventoried the paraphernalia that pious Buddhists travel from afar to buy: brass frogs, plastic and brass Buddhas, chant cassette tapes, Chinese dolls, newly minted ancient coins, porcelain, fake jade and ivory, carved walking sticks, embroidered purses, and Buddhist rosaries ranging from 20 Yuan to 600 Yuan. They also had a broad selection of snacks (for self-consumption or sacrifices), including Pringles potato chips, soft drinks, mineral water and Red Bull.
But they wouldn't accept Hell Money.

Nanputuo's South Fujian Buddhist Institute, established in 1924, has over 100 monks burning the Buddhist candle at both ends while studying the Scripture Hall's thousands of rare documents. When they do sleep they probably dream of the Buddhist nunnery on the other side of the mountain-or of fresh fish.

Freeing finned friends destined for wicked woks gains merit for good Buddhists. But one wonders why days, months and years of freeing baskets of carp haven't filled the pond to overflowing. Maybe monks license fishermen to capture and resell the fish-to pious pilgrims, of course, lest they endanger some sole's soul. This could explain how the saffron saints afford their cell phones.

Other meritorious deeds include feeding freed fish or saving serpents from restaurants. Pious pilgrims release the snakes in the hills, where I suspect they make a slithering beeline for our door. A cobra missed me by inches on my back porch, and three times I've surprised bamboo vipers in the bushes. So no wonder I nearly jumped out of my skin when I came across a long slim body stretched across a trail. "It's just a piece of moldy rope, Dad," Shannon said, and he laughed heartily until he realized he was nearing the end of his own rope.

Soy Be It! Vegetarian monks are endlessly creative with mock meat dishes. I've had mock sweet 'n sour ribs (with soy bones, no less!), soy chicken with cashews, and soy duck with peanuts. The rubbery soy snails even have soy poop on their pointy little ends. The molded, texturized soy fish have head, tail, gills-even scales. It's a wonder that some pious pilgrim hasn't rescued a few soyfish and tossed them into the Pond for Freeing Captive Fish.
(Note: try Amoy Magic's awesome Tofu Recipes--like tofu cheesecake, or double-tofu lasagna!).
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Huli Hill Fort

Huli Hill Fort, on the beach outside Xiamen University, The Chinese coastal cannon, in Xiamen's Huli Hill fort, is the largest cannon in the world!is built of sand, clay, camphor tree juice, lime, and glutinous rice. It's not only impregnable but during a long siege probably edible as well. The fort boasts the World of Exotic Stones and an exhibition of ancient weapons, including a 60 ton German Krupp. Built by some big shot in 1896, this is the last of China's over 100 coastal cannons, and the longest in the world-longer even than the cannon Napoleon abandoned in Moscow and now on display in the Kremlin. The Kremlin cannon holds Guinness Records' #1 spot for now-but we're working on correcting that!

Xiamen's Beautiful Island Ring Road!The Island Ring Road, just past Huli Hill, has lanes for hikers, bikers, and roller skaters. The gardens, lawns and picnic areas are perfect for kite flying. With good binoculars you can see soldiers patrolling Taiwan-controlled Jinmen, a mere 3 miles offshore.
Catch the action on Lantern Festival Eve, and Mid Autumn Festival, when both Jinmen and Xiamen set off spectacular fireworks.

Jinmen-so close but so far. It's ironic that the entire world can trade freely with Taiwan and the mainland, yet the mainland and Taiwan must undergo logistical contortions to trade with each other. I'm looking to both sides implementing the San Tong so that my wife and I can travel directly to Taiwan and revisit the place we were married, and perhaps retrace our honeymoon! Back to Top

No Street Called Straight--
Until the 1920s, many of Amoy's half a million residents livedAn aerial view of the maze of old buildings that help explain why Xiamen was called the "city without a straight street" within the city walls, which were 30 feet high and 12 feet broad at the top. The maze of narrow winding streets amazed foreigners. In 1912, Rev. Pitcher wrote,
"The streets are narrow and crooked… ever winding and twisting, descending and ascending, and finally ending in the great nowhere. The wayfaring man, tho wise, is bound to err therein. There is no street either straight, or one even called "Straight" in Amoy.
"The in addition to the crookedness, they must add another aggravation by making some of them very narrow. There are streets in Amoy so narrow that you cannot carry an open umbrella…"

Some streets were crooked because Chinese once believed devils (perhaps foreign devils included) could only travel in straight lines. Alas, Amoy's walls are gone, but some of the back alleys of Gulangyu, and downtown Xiamen (between Zhongshan and Datong Roads) appear little changed.

The alleys are small and dim, but busy. A sidewalk seamstress uses a black and gold enameled Butterfly sewing machine that could have been bought from an 1880 Sears catalog. (Peasants in the mountains even use handmade iron sewing machines!). A goldsmith huddled over a wooden table repairs jewelry. A granny perches on a hardware store's steps listening to a blind banjo player. And without exception they'll all serve you tea that probably set them back a day's wages, and be happy to do it.Beautiful Catholic church on Gulangyu Island
As an electrician performed the elegantly simple Minnan Tea Ceremony, I asked where he'd learned his excellent English.
"From books," he said. "And listening to the radio. The same way I learned to repair electric appliances."
"What can you repair?" I asked.
"Anything that's in the books!" he said.

With its intricate web of six lane highways, ring roads, clover leafs and tunnels, it's hard to imagine that only a decade ago most Xiamen roads were narrow, dingy and dark. Much has changed. The new Xiamen is much cleaner and easier to get around in-but it's an education and a step back in time to stroll umbrella roads and watch vintage gentlemen in long Chinese coats, beards to their bellies, arms locked behind them, deep in thought. Tour guides don't tout umbrella roads, but I like them. They lead to treasures like the first Protestant Church in China.
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Xinjie Church-China's First Protestant Church!Xinjie Protestant Church--the 1st in China!  (built in 1848)
A pictorial on China's Western Religious Architecture says Xinjie Church brazenly boasts being China's "#1 Church. The authors misread the plaque. It means Xinjie was China's first protestant church, not the most important. Hence Xiamen's nickname, "Birthplace of Chinese Protestantism."

Xinjie was built in 1848 on the narrow path behind Zhon`gshan Road (behind the pharmacy). Today, over 1,000 worshippers pack it out on Sunday mornings and afternoons. The basement bookstore is especially interesting. China now prints so many kinds of Bibles and Christian books, so cheaply, that I've known Chinese Christians from other Asian countries come here to buy them.
Xinjie is especially festive at Christmas. Many churches (and stores and restaurants) leave their Christmas trees and plastic Santas up year round, and Christians and non-Christians alike enjoy the churches' Christmas Eve concerts. I like the canned Christmas music, which includes classic hymns like Silent Night, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Frosty the Snowman and Jingle Bells.

Cartoon of priest trying to break a wet noodle for Christian communionBreaking Wet Noodles I always wondered how Chinese Christians 'break bread ' together without bread. Maybe hundreds of chopsticks in a giant rice bowl? Xinjie, it turned out, serves neither rice nor bread, but cold, wet noodles, cut in little squares, like floppy Scrabble tiles. Its tough breaking wet noodles but I liked the chewy texture. And one dose of Chinese wine made it clear why communion cups are so tiny. Alas, Xinjie has modernized. They now use imported circular flat communion wafers that look and taste like Styrofoam. Granted, the little crosses stamped on them add a nice touch. It would be hard to stamp crosses on squares of wet noodle. But I miss the noodles. Maybe they still use them in Trinity Church on Gulangyu Islet, our planet's only Piano Island.
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Gulangyu Island
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Gulangyu Islet's Piano Museum is the largest of its kind in AsiaPiano Islet! Asia's Largest Piano Museum is on Gulangyu Islet, which has delighted Laowai and Laonei for centuries. Xiamen invested nearly 1 billion Yuan relocating 16 factories off-islet to preserve this botanical and cultural oasis, which is only a ten-minute ferry ride from downtown Xiamen.Gulangyu Islet Prohibits Cars and Bikes. Visitors hear nothing but pounding surf, crying seabirds, shouting vendors selling maps and handicrafts, pleading beggars (Laoban!-Boss!) -all against the background of countless children practicing piano.

cartoon of 19th century missionary coming to China with a Bible in one hand and a piano in the otherThe 19th century missionaries arrived in Amoy with bibles in one hand and pianos in the other. Very big hands, I suspect.

Gulangyu has more pianos per capita than any place in China-one in every five homes! Graduates of the Amoy Musical Academy and other schools have achieved international recognition, and not a week passes that you can't enjoy a recital or orchestral performance somewhere in town. Xiamen emphasizes Chinese as well as Western classical music. The unique Xiamen Nanyin (Southern Music) Musical Troup preserves and performs the 1000 year old music that Chinese call "living music fossil" and "divine oriental melody."

Gulangyu Sites Armed with an English Gulangyu map that you'll buy from the hordes of vendors, and the list of 69 Gulangyu sites in my book "Amoy Magic" (page 69), you can visit Sunlight Rock, the Overseas Chinese Subtropical Garden (with over 1,000 species), Underwater World, and take in the broad variety of Asian and Westerng colonial architecture. Visitors can take an electric tour car, or should they fancy being a Mandarin for a day, they can be borne on litters by costumed young men. But the most leisurely way to see Gulangyu is a stroll around the perimeter-past beaches, tropical gardens, and exquisite colonial villas once occupied by European merchants, rich overseas Chinese, and the staff of 13 countries' consulates.

Xiamen has spent over 76 million Yuan on the Gulangyu Historical Heritage Preservation Plan to preserve buildings like the three-storied Former Spanish Consulate. Built in 1850, the oldest embassy building still in existence is now a hotel. Also interesting are the former U.S. Consulate (1865), and the Japanese, Dutch and French embassies.

Trinity Church
(1930s) has a "neo-classical" design, and the 1917 Catholic church, beside the former Spanish embassy is neo-Gothic. (This is the only church in Xiamen with English services.) The two-storied Danish Telegraph Office is surrounded on all sides by an arched colonnade. The three-storied Agricultural Bank, erected as a court in 1905, combines many European styles. Huang Rongyuan's three-storied mansion, on Fujian road, is said to resemble a 17th century Italian palazzo (townhouse).Statue of Koxinga (Zhengchenggong), the Chinese hero that liberated Taiwan from the Dutch

The Koxinga statue and Sunlight Rock (accessible by cable car or 93 millions steps) are Gulangyu's trademarks. From Sunlight Rock, the great patriot directed his troops' training. From Sunlight Rock's peak you can steal a great glimpse of Gulangyu and Xiamen Island. And after you've forked out 40 Yuan to climb the rock you'll really wish you'd just stolen that great glimpse.

Famous Foreigners. Laowai have been visiting Amoy for over 700 years, and many famous foreigners, as well as Chinese like the esteemed writer Lin Yutang, have done time in Amoy.

"Father of Tropical Medicine" The adventurous Scotsman Patrick Manson, made his epic medical discoveries here in Xiamen. At first, locals were suspicious of Dr. Manson's claim, "I've come to serve you!" "Serve us for dinner is more likely!" they probably thought. For centuries, the Chinese had heard rumors about red-haired barbarians stewing Chinese babies, or using their eyeballs to make mirrors.

cartoon of Western doctor about to open up a patient with a fork and knifeThe practical Scotsman opened his clinic to the street so everyone could see what he was really up to. But Chinese were not reassured when he sliced open patients with a scalpel-which for all they knew came in sets, with a fork and spoon.

The mosquito-malaria connection was first suspected by Dr. Manson right here on Xiamen! He researched ailments by dissecting everything from cats and dogs to birds and insects. Chinese abhorred the very idea of taking a cleaver to a cadaver, so the good doctor cut open a corpse in the graveyard, in the dead of night. Brave man. But he never messed with magpies! Chinese Chinese revered magpies because an ancient Emperor had supposedly entered one after death.

Dr. Manson defeated diseases that had baffled other Western doctors. And he won the trust of locals, who lined up by the hundreds outside his clinic. After he left Amoy for Hong Kong, Dr. Manson founded a medical society and the Hong Kong College of Medicine. One early pupil was none other than Sun Yat-sen!


Koxinga, Tan Kak Kee, Sun-Yat-Sen, Manson, Brattain, and many others have helped Xiamen make quite an impact on this little planet. Xiamen even helped America gain independence by catering the Boston Tea Party (the Anxi tea went out through Amoy harbor).

Amoy suffered a century of foreign occupation, and even when our family arrived in '88, what is now the beautiful ring road was just a dirt road winding through military camps. But Xiamen has turned her swords into ploughshares and roads (and pillboxes into beach houses!). Now Shannon and Matthew can stand down.
Good job, men!

"Miraculous!" former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said. He was speaking of the exquisite in-side painting technique used traditionally on snuff bottles and globes-one of the many crafts that foreign shoppers snap up on Gulangyu Islet. Glass Christmas balls, also painted from the inside, are as up to snuff as the snuff bottles. And they will hand paint your name on the inside of any of these items!

Exotic paper parasols conjure up images of Japanese geishas, but they originated centuries ago right here in Fujian. Japanese are so taken by oiled paper parasols that they even use giant versions as beach umbrellas.

Blend Chinese calligraphy with Chinese Painting and you'll have the art practiced by several artists who will transform your name, whether it be Bob or Bartholomew, or anything else you care to say in a unique way, into a lovely work of Chinese art!

The Pearl of Great Price
must have been on Gulangyu because one of our American visitors spent $2,500 on pearls at Pearl World! I can't tell a real pearl from paste costume jewelry, but Laowai in the know claim Pearl World has the best prices and selection, and are reliable. Whether this is true or not, the Pearl World owners were certainly happy about the big sale, and gave me a free pair of earrings! But I've never worn them; I wasn't in California that long. beautiful sea turtle in Gulangyu's aquarium

Gulangyu Aquarium! See sea creatures when you've seen enough of everything else! Gulangyu's aquarium, one of China's best, has a greater variety of sealife than you'll find anywhere outside a Cantonese restaurant. One of the scenes in Gulangyu's aquarium




People #1! For all the sightseeing and shopping, Gulangyu's greatest attraction remains her people. These friendly folk are never to busy to stop in their tracks, even when so busy they're in danger of derailing, and inviting you to "Have some tea!" Which brings us to the subject of pots.

If you're going to pot, you might want to check out Gulangyu shops' endless selection of teapots! Every size and shape imaginable. Every price too. Some cost thousands of Yuan, but they are said to not only to improve the tea but also to cure all that ails you.

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Jimei School Village

Across the causeway from Xiamen is Tan Kah Kee's home and tomb ("The Turtle Garden"). Mr. Tan's memorial has an incredible display of stone relief carvings with intricate details, carved by stonemasons from Hui'an (next chapter). One reminds me of a Socialists 'Last Supper.'

Ancient Tong An is half an hour north of Jimei. Centuries ago, Xiamen was part of Tong An, whose claim to fame lies in being the residence of Su Song, who 1,000 years ago invented the first astronomical clock, and compiled the influential Materia Medica. The Confucian temple has an interesting museum, and a large display of ancient carvings, including one that reminds me of Garfield cat. But everything else was invented in China so why not Garfield as well?
Tong An also boasts several unique temples, a waterfall, and a newly discovered Hakka homestead.

Matthew with a python at the Xiamen Haicang Safair Park (I keep telling Matthew not to play with his food!)Xiamen Haicang Safari Park

Across the Xiamen suspension bridge, in Haicang, the Safari Park is the closest I've gotten to Australia yet! Kangaroos, emus-and some snakes big enough to get revenge on connoisseurs of serpent soup.



Qingjiao Ciji Palace, in Haicang, was built in memory Shannon at the Haicang Safari Park, playing with an emu, and a kangaroo in the backgroundof the legendary Song Dynasty physician Wu Tao. He even cured Emperor Rengzong's mother!
Commoners were not allowed to touch royalty, so he had her hold one end of a silk thread, and he felt her pulses through the other end. Her life was literally hanging by a thread, but he saved her.

After his death, he was proclaimed a "medical saint," and grateful villagers pooled their funds to build a hall and statue in his memory.
In 1161, the Emperor gave the Hall the title of Ciji Temple, and in 1241 it was renamed Ciji Palace.

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Xiamen Churches Protestant Catholic Seventh Day Adventist Amoy Mission Missionaries AbeelChurches Islamic Muslim Mosques Ashab Quanzhou Damascus Fuzhou Xiamen
Xiamen and Fujian Buddhist Taoist Confucian Temples Mazu Manichean Hindu IslamicTemplesXiamen and Fujian Temples and Mosques  Buddhism Confucian Taoism Taoist Buddhism Mazu Matsu Meizhou IslandXiamen and Fujian  Mosques Islamic Muslim Ashab Mosque Quanzhou Fuzhou  Mohammed Disciples DamascusMosque

Xiamen Expat Association Welcome SupportExpat Groups
Hire a Maid Household help servant baomu amah etc.Maids Xiamen Emergency and Frequently used telephone numbersPhone #s

Xiamen University GuideXiamen University
Xiamen International School  International Baccalaureate ProgramXIS(Int'l School)
Study Mandarin Chinese or Minnan Dialect at Xiamen University  or with private tutorStudy Mandarin
China Studies Program Xiamen University  Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Washington D.C. Jay LundeliusCSP(China Studies)
Piano Island Music Events Xiamen Philharmonic OrchestraLibrary Xiamen Museum Library Science Center  World's largest organ museum Asia's largest piano museum China's first anthropology museum Sino Eurolpean art museum etc.Museums
History of Amoy Changchow Chinchew Zaiton Fukien etc.History
Xiamen restaurants dining western and Chinese cuisineRestaurants Xiamen Asian restaurants -- Singapore Thailand Thai Malaysian  Japanese Korean PhilippineAsian
Xiamen Vegetarian cuisine Nanputuo Temple Seventh Day Adventist Health foodVeggie Xiamen Restaurants Fast Food McDonalds KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken Pizza Hut Burger King (just kidding!) Cafes Coffee shopsJunk Food
Xiamen restaurants dining western and Chinese cuisineChinese Xiamen Italian Restaurants -- over 40!  Pizza pasta cheeseItalian
Western (Internationall) Cuisine in XiamenInternationalAlien visa info -- Americans, Europeans E.T. Outer space visitors
Chinese visa and passport informationVisas 4 aliens
Hakka Earthen architecture Massage!
Hakka Earthen architecture Beaches Kite Flying in Xiamen ChinaFly Kites
Sports -- Golf, Badminton Tennis Bowling Paint BallSports Xiamen Boardwalk One of the most beautiful boardwalks in China or anywhere else.  Along the Island Ring road over 6km long so far.Boardwalk
Xiamen Parks, recreation, hiking boardwalk etcParks Xiamen Museum Library Science Center etcPets
Bird watching in Xiamen Amoy  SwinhoeBirdwatching
Martial arts Chinese Kung FuKung Fu Hiking around Xiamen BushwalksHiking
Piano Island Music Events Xiamen Philharmonic OrchestraMusic Events
Chinese festivals and culture minnanFestival&Culture
Chinese Jokes Humor Funny China photosHumor&Chinese Jokes Humor Funny China photosFun Fotosfunny photos of China
Doing Business Invest in Xiamen Fujian ChinaDoing Business
Work or teach in Xiamen, Quanzhou or other Fujian schools and universities  English French RussianJobs!(teach/work)
Hire permanent or temporary workers labor craftsmen maids tutorsHire Workers
Foreign Companies in Xiamen Joint Ventures Foreign Companies
China International Fair for Investment and Trade and Cross Straits Exchanges
CIFIT (Trade Fair)
Common Talk Xiamen Dailys Weekly English SupplementMTS(Translation)

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