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Located in the southern part of Fujian Province and on the west coast of the Taiwan Straits, Xiamen is a traditional trading port in Southeast China and a amous tourist coastal city far and wide. Sub-tropically maritime in climate, Xiamen is warm with flowers blossoming year-round. Embracing the beauty of hills, sea, rocks, caves, temples, gardens, flowers and plants, the city has a unique charm of her own with an exotic atmosphere.
Legend has it that Xiamen Island used to be the nestling place of the egrets from which came the names of "Egret Island." Today, it has become a Special Economic Zone in China.
It encompasses 1, 565 square kilometres and has a population of 1. 3 million. As one of the earliest special economic zones in China, Xiamen is empowered with both provincial-level authority in economic administration and local legislative power. Since the special economic zone was established in Xiamen, the city's economy has experienced a sustained, rapid and coordinated growth. The city has been accredited as a National Sanitary City, National Garden City, and National Model City for Environmental Protection, and National Excellent Tourist City.
Xiamen Port is one of China's top 10 ports. It boasts 80 berths of various sizes. There are navigation routes from Xiamen to about 60 ports in more than 40 countries and regions. With 62 air routes, Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport is a main air hub in East China. A well-developed system of railway and highway transportation links the city with the rest of China. The city has established economic and trade relations with 162 countries and regions worldwide.
In the past, Xiamen boasted 24 points of interest, including the "eight big scenes," "eight small scenes" and scenes outside scenes. At present, four tourist areas, such as Gulangyu, Southern Putuo, Wanshi Hill and Jimei, and a sightseeing route on the sea have taken shape.
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