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Practical info Xiamen, China

Getting around the city

Xiamen has long been recognised as having one of the best public transport networks in China. Foremost among the modes of transport is the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system, which runs on exclusive roads and tunnel networks. The system is accompanied by an extensive fleet of shuttles that connect BRT stations with their surrounding areas, an extensive public bus system, as well as a long-distance bus system linking Xiamen with major cities across China. The city's railway system is also an efficient mode of transport and is integrated into the national rail network, meaning that most major cities are accessible to commuters. Cycling along the city's beachfront is also a popular way of getting around, while taxis are also widely available. Travellers should, however, be cautioned that English isn't widely spoken and is absent from the majority of signs (including buses), making it necessary to plan ahead carefully.


Local time is GMT +8.


Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Plug types vary, but the two-pin flat blade and oblique three-pin flat blade plugs are common. Adapters are generally required.


China's currency is the Renminbi Yuan (CNY), which is divided into 10 jiao or 100 fen. Make sure you exchange your leftover Yuan before returning home because you may have difficulty exchanging the currency outside China's borders. Foreign cash can be exchanged in cities at the Bank of China. It is not possible to exchange Scottish or Northern Irish bank notes. Banks are closed weekends. The larger hotels and the special 'Friendship Stores' designed for foreigners will accept most Western currencies for purchases. Major credit cards are accepted in the main cities, but acceptance may be limited in more rural areas. ATMs are scarce in rural areas.


The international dialling code for China is +86. In hotels, local calls are generally free or will be charged only a nominal fee. Hotels, cafes and restaurants offering free wifi are widely available. As international roaming costs can be high, purchasing a local prepaid SIM card can be a cheaper option.

Emergency number

110 (Police); 120 (Ambulance)

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Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport


Getting to the city

There are several city bus routes from the airport.

Car rental

There are no car hire facilities at Xiamen Airport, however rental agencies are located in the city.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available outside the Arrivals Hall.


The terminal features a bank, ATMs, foreign currency exchange service, medical centre, baby room, lost and found, public telephones, smoking areas, disabled services, luggage storage facility, first-class and VIP lounges, a business centre, massage chairs, and an entertainment hall. There are also several coffee shops, Chinese and Western-style restaurants, and a number of duty-free and souvenir shops.


There are two ground-level car parks and an underground facility.


Wifi is avaliable in the passenger waiting area.