Being among the largest countries on Earth, China has a lot to offer in terms of places to visit for tourism. A sub-provincial city in the southeast part of Fujian, Xiamen or otherwise known as Amoy is recognized as the second most suitable city to live in the country, as well as a romantic leisure destination.
The climate in Xiamen can be said to be humid all year-round with the average temperature between 12.8 degree Celsius in January to 28.0 degree Celsius in July. As such, the peak time to visit Xiamen is usually around September to November during the fall season when the humidity is just nice with winds blowing that makes going out so comfortable, therefore expect prices to rise around this time. On the other hand, the off-peak season to visit Xiamen is usually around December to February during winter, which is considered among the coolest period in the city with a fair number of days of precipitation. This will make it less comfortable to go out to explore the many attractions lying around the city. Visitors should check the weather reports before going to this town. The good thing is, you will find better flight tickets and hotel deals around this season because the prices will usually drop.
Surigao City Airport – The Surigao Airport is a public domestic airport that is presently serving the city as well as the nearby areas, that functions to connect the city of Surigao City with other places in the Philippines. The airport is situated at Barangay Luna, which is about 7 kilometres away from Surigao City. In a similar fashion to other airports in the Philippines, this airport is operated by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. At an elevation of 6 meters, it has a 1,708 meters runway that is made of concrete. Among the airlines that operate in this airport is Cebu Pacific as well as Philippine Airlines with destinations to Cebu and Davao. From the airport, it is not too hard to go in and out to the city area because there are many types of transportation available in the Surigao Airport that are meant for the visitors, plus the distance to the city is pretty close too.
Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport – Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport is the main international airport serving the city of Xiamen as well as other nearby areas in the Fujian Province. It is located in Huli District on the north side of Xiamen Island, which is about 13 kilometres away from Xiamen city centre. Being the 8th busiest airport in China for cargo traffic and 11th busiest for passenger traffic, the airport is operated by Xiamen International Airport Group Co., Ltd. At an elevation of 18 meters, it has an asphalt runway that is 3,400 meters long, as well as two terminals, namely Terminal 3 for international flights and Terminal 4 for domestic flights. The airport is the main hub of XiamenAir and Shandong Airlines with various direct and connecting flights to Xiamen from around the region and the world. Access and transport to the airport are not too hard since the airport is well-connected to the city via bus and taxi among others. Also, you can consider renting a car to drive to the city.
Xiamen as a city is said to have a humid subtropical climate according to the Köppen climate classification which is characterized by long, hot and humid summers as well as short, cold and mild winters. However, they are much more moderate compared to other areas within the province. The average temperature usually could reach an average high of 32.2 degree Celsius whereas the average low could go down to 10.0 degree Celsius. The precipitation is about 1,332.4 millimetres annually, which will vary between the months with the wettest months from March until September, each month having an average of 100 millimetres or more. If you plan to visit Xiamen, you will have to consider the climate pattern mentioned above and make sure you book your flight and hotel early during the peak season to avoid disappointment as both of these will certainly finish up quickly during the peak season.
Gulang Island – Gulang Island, also known as Gulangyu or Kulangsu is a pedestrian-only island that is reachable via a ferry ride from downtown Xiamen area. Despite having only about 20,000 residents, this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site has attracted more than 10 million visitors on an annual basis. This makes it one of the most visited attractions in China. The highlight of the island is the architecture of the buildings, beaches and the winding lanes, offering some of the scenic views in the area.
Underwater World Xiamen – Situated about 7 kilometres away from Xiamen, Underwater World Xiamen is a 10,000 square meters aquarium divided into five distinct exhibition zones that are assured to offer you the majestic underwater experience unlike any other when you are in town. Opened since 1999, it is home to 10,000 marine animals hailing from 350 species from various waters around the world.
Haicang Bridge – Built-in 1999, the Haicang Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge with a main span of 648 meters, connecting Xiamen Island with Haicang District that can be found on the mainland. It has a total length of 5,926 meters and has six lanes. Nearby, there is a scenic area that can be visited by tourists to enjoy the view of the bridge and the surrounding area.