Xiamen(Amoy) known as one of the first five Special Economic Zones(others are Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Shantou and Hainan) in China, is also a sub-provincial city of Fujian Province. It is located on the southeast coast of China mainly composed of 6 districts(Siming district, Huli district, Xiang’an district, Tong’an district, Jimei district and Haicang district). Xiamen’s GDP in 2011 is up to 253.58 billion Yuan and the population is up to 3.61 million.
Education and Commercial
In addition, a wide range of universities are located in Xiamen from the national ones(Xiamen University, Jimei University and Huaqiao University) to the private ones(Xiamen Oceanography Vocational College, Xiamen Nanyang College, Xiamen Performing Arts College and Xiamen Software College), as well as the public ones(Xiamen University of Technology, Xiamen University Tan Kah Kee College, Jimei University Chengyi College and Xiamen Institute of Technology of Huaqiao University).
Not only the education environment and talent resources but also the commercial aspect of Xiamen is really attractive to both domestic and foreign businessmen. The economy is well developed and the primary economic activities includes machine manufacturing, telecommunications, fishing, and financial services. Xiamen’s sister cities includes Cardiff, Wales of United Kingdom Baltimore of USA and Trier of Germany etc. And numerous celebrities reside in Xiamen such as Raymond Lam (TVB actor and singer), Yin Chengzong (pianist) and Shuting (poetess) etc. Xiamen has trade relations with about 162 countries worldwide and benefits much from the capital from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. In 2011, with the GDP increasing fast, Xiamen is ranked among the top 10 cities of China. Furthermore, Xiamen is the host of the China international Fair for Investment and Trade, which gives it more chance to do the trading in both china and worldwide.
Regions and Cultures
All kinds of regions can be found in Xiamen, such as Buddhism, Christianism, Islamism and Catholicism, so that different kinds of religious buildings in Xiamen are worldwide famous, such as the Buddhist Nanputuo Temple, Gulangyu Catholic church and so on, which attracts plenty of tourists.
Chinese and Foreign Companies
In Xiamen, there are plenty of financial services companies and industrial companies which injects new vitality to its economy. The Chinese companies includes Amoi electronic Co., LTD(夏新电子股份有限公司), Xiamen XindeCo., LTD(厦门信达股份有限公司), Lenovo mobile communication technology Co., LTD(联想移动通信科技有限公司), Mingda industrial (Xiamen) Co., LTD(明达实业厦门有限公司) etc. In the mean while, foreign companies such as Dell (China) Co., LTD, Xiamen TDK Co., LTD, NEC-TOKIN etc. As is seen from above, Japanese companies are the majorities in Xiamen’s foreign companies.
City Life of Foreigners in Xiamen
There are lots of foreigners in Xiamen because of the considerable number of foreign companies and tourism. The majority of them are Americans, Japanese and English. The most favorable hotel for these foreigners is the Marco Polo Oriental hotel in Xiamen(厦门马可波罗东方大酒店). There are some famous bars, such as 1970’s(1970酒吧), Absolut, Larcoco Coffee Pub and so on in Xiamen, which is definitely good news for foreigners.