Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport serves the Chinese city of Xiamen, located at the southeast coast of Fujian province. Sitting at the northeastern tip of Xiamen Island – only about 10 kilometres from the heart of Xiamen city – Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport has been operational since 1983 and is often considered one of the ten busiest airports of the People’s Republic of China. The airport serves more than 10 million passengers yearly and offers flights to over 70 destinations, both domestic and international. International destinations that can be reached from Xiamen Airport include Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta, Bangkok, Amsterdam and many others.
The base of Xiamen Airlines, the city’s flag carrier, the airport has a total area of about 470,000 square metres and is capable of accommodating dozens of jumbo jets simultaneously. Classified as a 4E Airport, Xiamen Gaoqi is also well-equipped to handle massive Boeing 747 jets (amongst other large aircraft).
Tourists to Xiamen fret not – buses and taxis are readily available from Gaoqi Airport so you can get to Xiamen city quickly and efficiently. Official Airport Shuttle Buses link travellers from the airport to transport hubs in the city (such as ferry docks, bus terminals and railway stations), whilst public buses depart from a bus stop just outside of the airport Arrivals area and head towards the heart of Xiamen city.
Those looking for a more comfortable commute may choose to grab a taxi from outside the Arrival Terminal instead.
What to see and do
A must-see for visitors to Xiamen, Gulangyu Island – nicknamed the Garden on the Sea – is a tiny spit of land less than 2 square kilometres in area. Small though it may be, Gulangyu Island is so concentrated in natural beauty, scenic spots and architectural wonders that it is today the main tourist attraction of Xiamen. On top of that, it is a notable entry on the list of National Scenic Spots in China and is often regarded as one of the most beautiful regions of the Fujian province.
To start your day of fun on the island, grab a ferry from Xiamen City and sail over to Gulangyu (the ride isn’t much longer than 5 minutes). Once there, get yourself to the Crag of Sunlight scenic area – the most renowned spot on the island – which features a magnificent rock that stretches 40 metres into the sky. The icon of Xiamen, this massive rock is often immersed in sunlight (probably due to its height) and is surrounded by natural caves, lush greenery, and constructed tourist attractions like the Qin Garden. Climb up the ladder to the rock’s highest peak, the One-Hundred Metre High Platform, where you’d be treated to unmatched panoramic views of the entire gorgeous island.
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