For its irresistible beauty Xiamen is described as Garden on the Sea whose attractiveness is comparable to the famous Hawaii. It is also called Egret Island for it provides the habitat for white egrets.
Xiamen has numerous parks, hills, waters, temples and gardens that comprise a most adorable picture. Its unique folk customs, celebrities well known at home and abroad and the many historical sites are magnetic to visitors. Among the most popular tourist destinations are Gulangyu Island, Wanshi Botanic Garden, thousand-year-old Nanputuo Temple, Jimei Schools built by Mr. Tan Ka Kee (a famous overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia in the first half of the 20th century), Ciji Palace, Huli Hill Fort where the world's oldest shore cannon is displayed and the hometown of Mr. Su Song (a scientist living in the Song Dynasty)
Blessed with fresh air and smooth traffic, the city is tranquil and graceful, free from the hustle and bustle, traffic jam and stale air typical of big cities.
Cultural and sports activities, theatrical performances and art exhibitions endure all year round, providing a wide spectrum of choices for citizens to find spiritual and physical enjoyment. In Xiamen you will not experience the tediousness of life that is typical to small cities.
Xiamen keeps an excellent record of public safety. According to the surveys ever conducted the citizens feel that they are living in the safest city in China. Based on the investigation made by Fujian Provincial Cities Investigation Team, 98% of the local residents are strongly confident with the safety in their communities, the highest rate in the province.
The local people are open-minded, friendly and hospitable. Xiamen has many foreign sister cities, such as Cardiff (UK), Sasebo (Japan), Cebu (the Philippines), Baltimore (USA), Wellington (New Zealand), Penang (Malaysia), Maroochy Shire (Australia) and Kaunas (Lithuania).