Xiamen, formerly Amoy, is fast growing port city in the southeastern province of Fujian. Metropolitan Xiamen covers an area of 1565 square kilometers and is home to just under 3 million residents. One of the earliest designated special economic zones in China, one of the top ten busiest ports and the center of the Taiwan Strait West development , Xiamen is very visibly not only one of the more prosperous cities, but also one of the most thoughtfully landscaped, with tree-lined boulevards.
Xiamen is often called the Italy of China. The climate is subtropical: summer lasts from June to October. There is over ten-kilometer stretches of beach. The cooling sea breeze and various beach activities make your experience here exciting and enjoyable.
The people of Xiamen have a great sense of pride about their city. A large part of that pride stems from the fact that for several decades after the founding of modern China until only the early/mid 1990s, Fujian and the rest of southeast China did not figure in the economic development plans of the central government and were considered the backwaters of China. As a result of this historical political neglect, there is a feeling among Xiamen residents that the prosperity they enjoy today was accomplished largely on their own.
Over the past decade, Xiamen has garnered numerous awards for being a green and healthy city and plans are made for Xiamen to become a green, sustainable city, using carbon as a key metric.