One of the original Special Economic Zones in China, Xiamen has flourished and prospered from foreign investment and trade. Today, Xiamen’s economy is diverse and well-developed. Apart from playing host to China’s International Fair for Investment and Trade annually, Xiamen as an island and seaport stands as one of the best deep-water harbours in the world. Although Xiamen Minnan is the standard dialect, Mandarin is used in the education system and as such it is widely spoken. Book a hotel in Xiamen for the most comfortable way to spend a business trip.
What can I expect from Xiamen?
You will be pleased to know that staff at many business hotels in Xiamen will be able to communicate in English. Your business needs will be met with facilities such as executive floors, conference rooms and audiovisual equipment. Xiamen's clear waters and stables winds also make it a world-class spot for kitesurfing, with domestic and international competitions often held here. Join a kitesurf class at Haiyuntai beach where swimmers are uncommon, making it a safe spot to kitesurf even as a beginner.
What is it like doing business here?
The main form of transport in Xiamen is buses. Although the bus system is reliable, information is only listed in Mandarin. The most convenient way for a guest to get around may be by taxi. If you're feeling brave, try getting around by bicycle, as the locals do. Xiamen is home to plenty of convention centres such as the International Convention Centre (XICEC), which hosts trade shows and events such as the China International Fair for Investment and Trade as well as the China Xiamen International Stone Fair.
What can I do after work before returning to my Xiamen hotel?
From your hotel in Xiamen, head to Binglang Road, located next to the Yundang Inner Lake. It's is a popular evening venue with plenty of bars and restaurants, perfect for a respite from work. One of the islands, Gulangyu, is entirely vehicle-free - this includes bicycles, making it a unique spot to explore in your downtime. You could also take a leisurely stroll along the Yundang Lake and watch Xiamen come alive after dark. Watch laser light shows across the water and be enthralled by this colourful city before ducking into a quiet café or tea house in the Siming District.