3 Hour Activities


XIAMEN HUAYI YACHT COMPANY
厦门华毅游艇

Wuyuanwan Marina Operations Center, Building 5, Section K, Huli district
五缘湾营运中心5楼K单元
+86-0592-571-3375 or +86-1875-090-3068
Open daily 9:00 am–5:00 pm

GET OUT ON THE WATER

  • Rent a boat by the hour for a harbor sail
  • Splash out and charter a private yacht with captain and crew
  • Host a catered party at sea

Xiamen’s burgeoning cultural scene, seaside locale, and consistently warm and pleasant climate all make this one of China’s most liveable (and eminently visitable) cities. Take advantage of the latter two attributes by spending a sun-kissed day at sea. Marine-minded guests may prefer to chart their own course by renting a sailboat (charged by the hour) for a DIY spin around the harbor. But if you’re looking to really splash out—and leave the navigating to a hired captain—consider casting off for a few hours in one of Xiamen Huayi Yacht Company’s private yachts. The luxury charter boats range in size and can host anywhere from 6 to 30 guests; all come staffed with a dedicated crew—including a chef, who will cook up a fantastic Chinese-style barbecue feast, and a bartender to ply your floating party with beer, wine, and cocktails. Pop the bubbly, kick back, and admire the knockout views of Xiamen’s glittering bay, and the soaring bridges that link this idyllic island to the mainland.
Wuyuanwan Marina is 30 to 40 minutes from Conrad Xiamen by taxi, and is set within Swan Lake Wetlands, where some areas are closed for construction, but rest assured the marina itself is open. If possible, retain your driver for the return trip, as taxis are sparse in this area. At the marina you can rent sailboats by the hour to pilot yourself, or charter a private yacht (complete with captain and crew) through the well-regarded Xiamen Huayi Yacht Company. Note that you’ll need to book the charter at least four hours in advance. For sailboat rentals, it’s wise to reserve ahead on weekends. The Conrad concierge can help you arrange either.

XIAMEN HUAYI YACHT COMPANY
厦门华毅游艇

Wuyuanwan Marina Operations Center, Building 5, Section K, Huli district
五缘湾营运中心5楼K单元
+86-0592-571-3375 or +86-1875-090-3068
Open daily 9:00 am–5:00 pm

YUBAOSAO
芋包嫂

45 Daxue Lu, Simeng district
+86 1895-000-7598
open 8:30 am– 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm–8:30 pm

BH BARISTA HONOR CAFÉ
2 Daxue Lu (at 102 Minzu Lu), Simeng district
+86 1581-072-7650
Open 8 am–11 pm

BUCHUO CUIROSITIES SHOP
不辍旧物

120 Minzu Lu, Simeng district
+86-1380-602-8428
Open 10:00 am–10:00 pm

JINGANGBINGSHI
金刚冰室

126 Minzu Lu, Simeng district
+86-188-0592-1218
; open 10 am–10 pm, closed Tuesdays

WUTANG SHACHA NOODLES
乌糖沙茶面

74 Minzu Lu, Simeng district
+86-0592-204-1658
Open 6 am until sold out, usually by 2 pm

DEVOUR THE BEST OF XIAMEN

  • Taste standout treats along one amazing culinary strip
  • Hunt for rare treasures and Chinese antiques
  • Queue up for the best shacha noodles in town

Xiamen rightfully draws food lovers from across China and beyond, but you really have to know where to look—and some of the city’s best and tastiest spots can also be the least assuming. So follow our lead with a progressive culinary crawl. We’ll be tracing the long thoroughfare (really more of a lane) that begins as Daxue Lu 大学路 and later becomes Minzu Lu 民族路. The offerings here are excellent at all hours of the day, but you’ll have to head out in the morning to score the famous yu bao 芋包 at Yubaosao: a shell of shredded taro bursting with an unctuous mix of dried tofu, shiitakes, minced pork, and cilantro, then topped with squirts of oil, mustard, and sweet chili sauce. Next up? Coffee. Most cafés don’t open until 10 a.m., but the very good BH Barista Honor Cafe kicks things off at 8 a.m. After your caffeine fix, dig through the well-edited antiques and unusual relics at nearby Buchuo 不辍旧物管, then browse the many nearby shops until you’re hungry again. For lunch, two choices: Jingang Bingshi 金刚冰室, an airy loft space created by young Xiamenese artists, serving modern takes on traditional dishes such as fried oysters or beef noodle soup; or the more old-school Wutang Shacha Mianguan 乌糖沙茶面馆, where locals queue up for shacha, a beloved dish of noodles, ginger, peanuts, chili, shallots, and fish balls or tender squid. The rendition here—made fresh daily for 35 years by the wife of owner Wutang—is easily the city’s best, and worth forgiving the humble view of the parking lot. The couple’s English-speaking son Xiaobai is now in charge, but one thing remains: they sell out every day by 2 o’clock. Pick up a jar of their homemade shacha sauce as a savory momento.
It’s just a 10-minute walk from the Conrad to Daxue Lu (University Road), which becomes Minzu Lu. If you’re short on time, take a taxi back from the strip’s far end. Note that many Xiamen restaurants close in the afternoon, and cafés have odd hours, so check times before you head out.

YUBAOSAO
芋包嫂

45 Daxue Lu, Simeng district
+86 1895-000-7598
open 8:30 am– 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm–8:30 pm

BH BARISTA HONOR CAFÉ
2 Daxue Lu (at 102 Minzu Lu), Simeng district
+86 1581-072-7650
Open 8 am–11 pm

BUCHUO CUIROSITIES SHOP
不辍旧物

120 Minzu Lu, Simeng district
+86-1380-602-8428
Open 10:00 am–10:00 pm

JINGANGBINGSHI
金刚冰室

126 Minzu Lu, Simeng district
+86-188-0592-1218
; open 10 am–10 pm, closed Tuesdays

WUTANG SHACHA NOODLES
乌糖沙茶面

74 Minzu Lu, Simeng district
+86-0592-204-1658
Open 6 am until sold out, usually by 2 pm


HONGSHAN TEMPLE PARK
鸿山寺

Siming Nanlu, Siming district

HONGSHAN TEA GARDEN
茶歇园在嘉心寨景点

Jiaxin Cottage, Siming Nanlu, Siming district
思明区思明南路425号鸿山公园项
+86-1516-004-1616
Open 8:30 am – 9:30 pm

PUTI VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT
菩提斋鸿山寺菩提食管

Siming Nanlu, Siming district
思明区思明南路303号
+86-0592-553-1548
Open 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

ESCAPE THE CROWDS

  • Amble through a verdant 400-year-old park in the heart of the city
  • Sip artisanal teas in a secluded tea house
  • Linger over a sumptuous and delectable vegetarian buffet

Xiamen’s bustle and grit are no match for, say, Beijing or Hong Kong, but this is still a city of more than 3 million, and sometimes even the most committed urbanites could use a change of pace. For that, steal away to Hongshan Park, smack dab in the center of the city. This pristinely manicured, 400-year-old oasis hardly shows its age, due to a recent makeover. The park makes for a lovely stroll at all hours, but the most magical time is at sunset, where you can savor a pot of expertly brewed tea in a secluded tea house tucked high within the park. Amble along stone pathways fringed with dripping willows and pruned pine and palm trees, until you reach the modest Hongshan temple, marked by a laughing stone Buddha. Further along you’ll come upon the tea house. Angle for a wooden table on the back terrace for bang-on city and sea vistas. Take your pick of local teas such as the robust Big Red Robe 大红袍 from Wuyi Mountain, or the soothing Goddess of Mercy oolong from Anxi county, China’s tea capital. You might also want to linger past sunset for dinner, as the tea house serves a comforting cook-it-yourself Chinese hot pot, with grass-fed Mongolian lamb to dunk in burbling broth. You’ll notice many of your fellow diners have brought fresh seafood from nearby Bashi Market to cook at their table. If you’re not cool with hot pot, consider the casual, buffet-style vegetarian restaurant on the fourth floor. You’ll need to purchase a voucher from the counter, exchange it for a place setting, then fill your plate with an impressive variety of specialties—don’t miss the steamed walnut buns 核桃包 laced with brown sugar.
Hongshan Temple Park is a short taxi ride from the Conrad. Follow the main path winding through the park until you reach the temple and tea house. (If you lose your way, simply ask any passerby pao cha? 泡茶 and you’ll be pointed in the right direction.)

HONGSHAN TEMPLE PARK
鸿山寺

Siming Nanlu, Siming district

HONGSHAN TEA GARDEN
茶歇园在嘉心寨景点

Jiaxin Cottage, Siming Nanlu, Siming district
思明区思明南路425号鸿山公园项
+86-1516-004-1616
Open 8:30 am – 9:30 pm

PUTI VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT
菩提斋鸿山寺菩提食管

Siming Nanlu, Siming district
思明区思明南路303号
+86-0592-553-1548
Open 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

BUJIAN MISS COFFEE
不见咖啡厅

23 Huandao Lu, Xitouxia, Siming district
+86-592-596-3777
Open 10:00 am – 12:00 am

JIALI SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
佳丽海鲜大酒楼环岛路点

Across from Zencuoan on Huandao Lu, Siming district
+86-592-219-5777
Open 10:30 am – 2 pm and 5:30 pm – 9 pm

BREEZE UP THE COAST

  • Rent a single, tandem, or electric bike for a restorative ride
  • Pedal through quaint seaside villages
  • Lunch on fresh seafood plucked straight from the tank

Like any great seaside town, Xiamen is ideal for exploring on two wheels, not least for the 20-plus miles of coastal bike paths that meander beside the Huandao Island Ring Road. Rent yourself a single or tandem bike, or buzz off on a two-seater electric model (note: helmets are not provided), and consider starting the ride with a quick, revivifying dip in the East China Sea at Baicheng Beach 白城沙滩. From here, once you’ve dried off, you’ll follow the cycling trail across a bridge purpose-built for bikes. Stop to soak in the views from the adjacent wooden pedestrian boardwalk, dramatically perched above the lapping sea below. Pedal on till you reach the sleepy seaside town of Xitouxia 溪头下村. Look for the multi-tiered roof of the charming café Bujian Miss Coffeé 不见, and cool off with a drink on the outdoor terrace. Once refueled, navigate the busy crosswalk to reach Zencuoan 曾厝垵村. This former fishing village is today better known for reeling in tourists to its labyrinth of food stalls and gift shops; however, there’s still fresh and worthy catch to be had at Jiali Seafood. A giant bust of Chairman Mao gazes down on diners as they select their fish from the gurgling tanks, loaded with live crab, geoduck, abalone, shrimp, and schools of colorful fish. Our go-to choice: steamed squid dipped in soy sauce, and/or a platter of razor clams with black bean sauce. If you’re not overwhelmed by choices already, there’s also a menu of mincai (local Xiamen specialties) and Cantonese dim sum.
Hop in a taxi to Baicheng beach just outside Xiamen University’s seaside entrance. Cross the expressway using the pedestrian overpass to reach the beach and look for the bike rental stands. If crowd-adverse, weekdays are best for a ride.

BUJIAN MISS COFFEE
不见咖啡厅

23 Huandao Lu, Xitouxia, Siming district
+86-592-596-3777
Open 10:00 am – 12:00 am

JIALI SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
佳丽海鲜大酒楼环岛路点

Across from Zencuoan on Huandao Lu, Siming district
+86-592-219-5777
Open 10:30 am – 2 pm and 5:30 pm – 9 pm

BASHI MARKET
八市菜市场

Kaihe Lu, Siming district

TONG AN ZHA ZHAO
同安炸枣

54 Kaihe Lu, Siming district AH

JIE WUXIANG FRIED FIVE SPICE ROLLS
阿杰五香

111 Kaihe Lu, Siming district

FUYU DATONG DUCK CONGEE
浮屿大同鸭肉粥

174 Kaihe Lu (across from Datong elementary school), Siming district
+86-0592-239-8761
Open 24 hours daily

MAKE BREAKFAST LAST THE MORNING

  • Browse Xiamen’s largest seafood market
  • Taste silky, salt-baked quail eggs and mouthwatering five-spice rolls
  • Devour a sensational bowl of duck congee

Xiamen’s central markets were traditionally named by number, and Bashi (eight) is one of the few historic bazaars that remain. A flourishing one at that—perhaps because lucky number eight symbolizes great fortune. Strike it rich with a tantalizing array of raw and cooked foods, from sea-worm jellies to oyster omelettes, at the city’s largest seafood market. A morning food crawl is the best way to wake up your appetite. Ease into things at the eponymous stand selling tong an zha zhao 同安炸枣, balls of sticky rice and fried sweet potato packed with red bean, sweet peanut, black sesame, or savory vegetable filling. Keep pace with the locals eyeing fresh seafood and meat at the butcher stalls, and dine on the go. Our top snacks here: salt-baked quail eggs 盐鹌鹑蛋 or, for the bolder of palate, fertilized chicken eggs 盐鸡蛋 (yes, that’s a chicken fetus in the shell, and it’s believed to improve one’s health). Too daring? Opt for the wuxiang 五香, fried tofu skin stuffed plump with pork, sold just to the right of the egg vendor. All that is merely the wind-up to the main event: a sensational duck congee. For this, you’ll snake your way back to the main road and over to Fuyu Datong, where, for 30-plus years, the broth seemingly hasn’t stop simmering. This hole-in-the wall never closes, and no matter the hour, the faithful line up for this soupy porridge served in a flimsy paper bowl. Request extra scallions and cilantro, and drizzle it with chili to turn up the heat.
Bashi Market is a speedy taxi ride from the Conrad. Few street food vendors have formal addresses, but the above stalls can all be found in a cluster in the first hall of the market.

BASHI MARKET
八市菜市场

Kaihe Lu, Siming district

TONG AN ZHA ZHAO
同安炸枣

54 Kaihe Lu, Siming district AH

JIE WUXIANG FRIED FIVE SPICE ROLLS
阿杰五香

111 Kaihe Lu, Siming district

FUYU DATONG DUCK CONGEE
浮屿大同鸭肉粥

174 Kaihe Lu (across from Datong elementary school), Siming district
+86-0592-239-8761
Open 24 hours daily


TIANCHENG WHOLESALE TEA MARKET
天成茶叶市场

Wushipu Nanlu, Huli district
湖里区乌石浦

YUNDIAN TEA (for oolong tea)
韵典茶业

96 Wushipu Nanlu Zhonggang 1 Huayuan
+86-1366-603-9355
open 9 a.m.–10 p.m.

TANCHUN TEA (for black and rock tea)
探春茶业

100 Wushipu Erli Zhonggang Garden 1, Huli district
+86-1835-999-3337

open 8 a.m.–10 p.m.

XINBOLIN WHOLESALE TEAWARE
鑫博霖茶具批发

: 66-67 Wushipu
+86-0592-525-9100

YUXIN ANTIQUE MALL
裕鑫古玩城

124-126 Luling Lu, Siming district
+86-0592-552-9117
xmyuxin.cn
open 9:30 a.m.–10 p.m.

STEP UP YOUR TEA GAME

  • Learn the origins and intricacies of China’s finest teas
  • Shop for gorgeous traditional tea sets and ceramics
  • Bargain with vendors for precious jade, porcelain, and antiquities

To truly fit in with the Fujianese, you’ll need to raise your tea game. First, get to know the players. All tea comes from the same plant—camellia sinesis—but where it grows, how it’s picked, and how it’s processed makes all the difference. Some of the best in China are grown in regions not far from Xiamen: nearby Anxi 安溪 is celebrated for tieguanyin oolong 铁观音乌龙茶, while the area around Wuyishan 武夷山, one of China’s sacred mountains, produces some of the world’s finest black, oolong, and “rock” teas. You can sample prime varieties by exploring Xiamen’s smaller tea markets. First stop: the Tiancheng Market. We like to start things off at Yundun, where you can sample that light, verdant tieguanyin oolong. The brewer will typically offer the gaiwan lid (as a wine sommelier would hand over the cork) to let you inhale the scent, then examine the leaves. An aerated slurp reveals the tea’s intricate flavors and tannins. (It really is quite similar to wine tasting.) A few doors down, turn up the intensity at Tanchun, known for heavier, smoky rock and black teas. If you’re buying tea to bring home (and you absolutely should), allow time for your leaves to be packed up. While you wait, have the shopkeepers escort you to Xinbolin and search for a traditional tea set worthy of your finds. Continue your exploration of venerated Chinese art forms at the Yuxin antique mall, just a short ride away. It’s housed in an older, somewhat dingy-looking building, and doesn’t look like much at the outset, but give it a few spins on its multiple levels, where 120 vendors display precious jade, porcelain, and calligraphy. Once you land on a find, insistent bargaining is de rigeur, albeit with a friendly smile.
Tiancheng tea market is 20 minutes by taxi from Conrad Xiamen, and the antique mall is just a short taxi ride from the tea market.

TIANCHENG WHOLESALE TEA MARKET
天成茶叶市场

Wushipu Nanlu, Huli district
湖里区乌石浦

YUNDIAN TEA (for oolong tea)
韵典茶业

96 Wushipu Nanlu Zhonggang 1 Huayuan
+86-1366-603-9355
open 9 a.m.–10 p.m.

TANCHUN TEA (for black and rock tea)
探春茶业

100 Wushipu Erli Zhonggang Garden 1, Huli district
+86-1835-999-3337

open 8 a.m.–10 p.m.

XINBOLIN WHOLESALE TEAWARE
鑫博霖茶具批发

: 66-67 Wushipu
+86-0592-525-9100

YUXIN ANTIQUE MALL
裕鑫古玩城

124-126 Luling Lu, Siming district
+86-0592-552-9117
xmyuxin.cn
open 9:30 a.m.–10 p.m.