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Favorite Xiamen Travel Agents (agents
listed at bottom of this page). Xiamen
has hundreds of travel agents, including the excellent C&D
Travel (English speakers; also provide English-speaking guides, cars
and drivers, etc. Click Here for info).
a Translator while in Xiamen and Fujian?
My Chinese is good enough for daily use, and teaching, but I get bogged
down on historical and cultural stuff, so I often rely upon Bruce
Lee (his real name!) to translate. He is not
a historian, but if you need a translator, he can be helpful, so
give him a call...
0592-2180322 8603171 E-mail: email@example.com
the Book" Guides? An Englishman e-mailed
me to complain that his highly paid China Travel Service guide simply
read aloud to him from my books Amoy Magic
and Mystic Quanzhou (which
was just reprinted as the bilingual "Discover
Quanzhou!"). The mand said, "I
could have saved 200 Yuan a day and just read the books myself!"
So...do yourself a favor and before hitting the road, review the appropriate
sections of our site or my
University Ticket Office (XUTO, just inside the large campus
gate with the "Bird-Book Fountain", just to the left), is the
agent I usually use, but they only speak Chinese (and you must be patient!).
XUTO gets great prices on international and domestic air, as well
as bus and plane and train
tickets). When I had a family emergency, they booked me a RT flight
with only one day's notice from Xiamen to Orlando, Florida--for just $1150
USD! And after I'd agreed on the price, they
negotiated the airlines (Korean, our favorite) down another 100USD! And
it was a great itinerary--only 2 short layovers through Seoul
Airport (our favorite--free internet, sleeping lounge, etc.).
XUTO is open 7 days a week; closed during noon xiuxi. However,
a word of warning! 1.
They don't speak English. 2. Be patient!
Just like my Chinese travel agents in Hong Kong and Los Angeles, their
success means they are swamped. With all three agencies, I usually
must phone several times to keep them on top of it. It can be very
frustrating when, three weeks later, they're still saying "We're
still working on the best price." And they probably are--but
sometimes you may need to put your foot down and say "Cut the ticket
now!"--or else go with C&D (highly recommended)
or one of the other travel agents listed below. Tel:
Mr. Zhu: 592 218-3083 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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to and from Xiamen? From non-Asian countries without
direct flights to Xiamen, fly to Hong Kong and take the 9 1/2 hour HK-Xiamen
bus on the scenic freeway. The $40-50 USD Fare includes a 1/2 hour lunch
in a nice hotel.
Take a boat,a train
or a bus to Shenzhen (neighbors Hong Kong); Shenzhen
buses to Xiamen are cheaper, but the border crossing is a pain, and you
must run the gauntlet of folks who'll grab your bags for you, despite
your protests, lug them up and down steps, and then charge you a pretty
penny (if you get your luggage back at all). One of my friends broke his
leg when he fell down the steps chasing a man who'd taken his luggage.
And the border's pickpockets are brazen. I suggest you avoid the Shenzhen
border crossing (unless you take the HK--Shenzhen Ferry, which is fine).
Hong Kong--Xiamen bus tickets are available at many
HK travel services.
for China Travel Service, Hong Kong.
You may book bus tickets in advance from Mangocity.com
Airport: Incheon, in Seoul! If you fly to Xiamen, we suggest
going through our favorite airport--Seoul. Voted the planet's best airport,
it has free internet, nice free lounges with couches for snoozing, etc--and
you don't have to deal with checking luggage through customs in China
or Hong Kong, and receiving the miniscule "Inter-Asia" luggage
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University Travel Service
(next to the univ. post office)
Tel: 218-3083 or 208-6267
Travel (They speak English, and provide English
guides, cars and drivers, etc.)
Sealight Building Bldg. Xiamen, China 361001
Contact: Jeffrey Zhou or Stephen Chen
Tel: 592 2263857 2263859
Youth Travel Service
#65 Bai Lu Road Tel: 205-3188
Pacific International Travel Co. Bldg.
D 4/F North Block.
Hongshan Building, N. 287 Siming S. Road Tel: 205-5648
International Travel Service N.
Hubin Road, Zhenxing Mansion, 15/F Tel: 505-1825 or 505-1822
Zhongshan Road Phone: 202-0658
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Last Updated: May 2007
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