Located in the city of Xiamen in Fujian Province of China, Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport services the city and serves as the main hub for Xiamen Airlines and the aircraft maintenance provider, TAECO. Talking statistics, Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport was the eighth busiest airport in China in terms of cargo traffic in 2012. The airport was also recognised as the 11th busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic with over 17 million passengers carried and ranked 10th busiest airport in terms of traffic. The airport is being served by over 40 passenger airlines to and from neighbouring Southeast Asian countries and one European country. Cargo airlines to and from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, and Amsterdam also uses the airport for their business transactions.
What to see & do
Xiamen possesses unique scenery of total transformation when the day shifts to night and vice versa. Walk along Yundang Lake in the evening and witness the city transform into lighted artistic sculptures with the scent of the sea to fill your lungs and soothe your senses. Night markets in the city are also a sight to behold. Watch the city come to life, witness the locals’ way of life, and shop for souvenir items uniquely found in Xiamen. Temples and parks are also aplenty in the city and allow you to see the city’s culture and tradition as well as a nice, cosy place to relax after a day’s tour around. When travelling with kids, visiting the Lam Soon Crocodile Farm will also put delighted smiles in their faces.
How to get around within Xiamen
Understand that most of the city is on Xiamen Island and getting around the city is fairly cheap. You can hop on taxis and tour around the city. As compared to other cities in China, taxis in Xiamen are relatively cheap. However, knowing how to say “bu” or “no” when the driver says “Huandao Lu” after telling him your destination will save you a few more yuans. Huandao Lu is a longer route to take as it circles around the entire island. Although scenic and will give you a nice view of the island, this is not practical especially when you’re on a budget. You can also take the bus. The bus system in the island is very good although bus routes are listed in Chinese and doesn’t come with English translations. The BRT or Bus Rapid Transit is a more efficient way to get around the city via bus. Since the city is located in an island, going around aboard a ferry is very likely. There is a frequent ferry service to and from Gulangyu with the terminal located north of the Liujiang Waterfront Hotel. Other mode of transportation you can use to tour around the city aside from walking is pedalling on your bicycle.
How to get there
Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport is easily accessible via air by the numerous airlines both domestic and international that fly to and from local cities and neighbouring countries. From different cities across China, Air China, Beijing Capital Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Express Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China United Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Hebei Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Kunming Airlines, Lucky Air, Okay Airways, Shandong Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Spring Airlines, Tianjin Airlines, Tibet Airlines, West Air China, and Xiamen Airlines fly in and out of the airport. From international borders, you can reach the airport by flying aboard numerous international airlines coming from Indonesia, Macau, Japan, Cambodia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Amsterdam.