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History of Xiamen

Xiamen was first extablished during the Jin Dynasty as part of Tong'an County. The area was known as Tong'an County under Quanzhou under Emperor Changxing's reign in the Late Tang Dynasty (933 A.D). The records reflect strong growth during the Song Dynasty. The city walls were built during the Ming Dynasty, when ...Read more>>

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Xiamen Transport - Introduction HOT

The city of Xiamen was one of the most important ports in the area after the Nanjing Treaty was signed, and consequently has a well-developed transport system. The city is easily reached by road, rail and air from most major cites in Fujian Province, with ...... Read More>>

Foreign Trade & Foreign Direct

Foreign Direct Investment in Xiamen is almost on par with the city of Hangzhou and the city attracted US$2.3 billion in contractual foreign investment with actualized FDI reaching US$955 million in 2006. There were over 560 newly approved foreign enterprises mainly in the fields of electronics, machinery, foodstuffs, hotels, and real estate. By ... ...Read More>>

Strategic Industries

The three pillar industries in Xiamen are information technology, machinery manufacturing and the chemicals sector. The output value of these three industries in 2006 was 179.15 billion RMB, accounting for 75.7% of Xiamen's total gross industrial output. The role played by the city's pillar industries is integral to Xiamen's continued economic ... ...Read More>>

Xiamen Business Guide - Economic Overview HOT

Vital Statistics (2006) GDP: RMB 116.2 billion GDP per Capita: RMB 49,887 Economic Growth Rate: 16.7% Population: 1.09 million (urban) – 1.24 million (rural) FDI: US$0.955 billion Annual Average Wage: RMB18, 513 World Bank Government Effectiveness Rating: 16th 2006 Chinese Cities Competitive Rating: 19th Economic Overview Xiamen boasts ... ...Read More>>

Planning & Development

Strategic Planning and Development Xiamen aims to establish itself as a thriving center for shipping, logistics, finance, commerce, tourism, exhibitions and conventions, culture and education. Xiamen's basic strategy is to develop the electronics and IT industries to facilitate the growth and boost the strength of the entire industrial stream. ... ...Read More>>

Labor force

Human Resource Overview Xiamen has a highly-skilled workforce fed by 13 institutions for higher education with a combined enrollment of more than 80,000 students, more than 140 vocational and technical schools and over 120 scientific research institutes. Xiamen University is a first-tier comprehensive university in China, widely acclaimed both ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Public Utilities

Sample of Utilities Costs Water (RMB/cubic m) Usage Price Commercial Use 2.8 Industrial Use 2.8 Domestic Use 15 tons and less Above 15 tons 2.6 3.1 Hotels, Restaurants, and Entertainment 4.0 (The price includes usage and wastewater treatment fees) Electricity (RMB/Kwh) Usage ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Post &Telecommunications

In the year 2006, Xiamen had post and telecommunications revenue of 4.25 billion RMB, an increase of 17.4% over the previous year. The total volume of postal revenue reached 0.46 billion RMB, up 13.5% from the previous year and the total volume of telecommunications revenue reached 3.80 billion RMB, up 17.9% from the previous year. The number of ... ...Read More>>

Development Zones

1. In Oct. 1980, Xiamen was empowered by the State Council of P.R.C. to establish special economic zones. 2. In March, 1988, Xiamen was approved by the State Council as a city under independent state planning and was granted provincial-level authority in economic administration. 3. From May 1989 to 1993, the State Council granted its approval ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Government

Mayor & Vice Mayor Mayor: Liu Cigui Municipal Departments • Xiamen Municipal People's Government Add: 61 Hubin Beilu, Xiamen Postcode: 361012 Tel: 0592-505 2330 • Foreign Affairs Office of Xiamen Municipal People's Government Add: 61 Hubin Beilu, Xiamen Postcode: 361012 Tel: 0592-5052423 Fax: 0592-5052426 • Office of Overseas ... ...Read More>>

Municipal Infrastructure - Transportation

Roads Xiamen is one of the nation's regional transport hubs and is linked to the national highway network by the Fuzhou-Xiamen Expressway, Xiamen-Zhangzhou-Quanzhou Expressway and other major roads and highways. The total length of highways in Xiamen reached 1,493km in 2006. Currently, a new expressway linking Xiamen to Anxi is under ... ...Read More>>

Preferential Policy

Major Investment Incentives 1. Foreign-funded enterprises pay corporate income tax at a rate of 15% and are exempted from paying local income tax. 2. Productive enterprises with a contracted operation period of no less than 10 years are entitled to a tax holiday for the first 2 years of profitability and a 50% tax reduction for a subsequent 3 ... ...Read More>>

Business Links

◎ Xiamen Administration for Industry and Commerce ◎ Foreign Affairs Office of Xiamen Municipal People's Government ◎ Office of Overseas Chinese Affairs of Xiamen Municipal People' Government ◎ Xiamen Foreign Investment Bureau ... ...Read More>>

Business Environment

Geographical Advantages Situated on the southeast coast of China, Xiamen, an island city itself, faces Kinmen Island, Taiwan Island and the Pescadores Islands across the Taiwan Strait. Xiamen covers a land area of over 1,565 square kilometers and its coastline stretches for 234 kilometers. It is one of China's five Special Economic Zones and so ... ...Read More>>

Investment Procedure

1. Approval and Registration Procedure for Foreign-funded Projects 2. Requirements for Setting up a Representative Office Enterprises outside China must meet the following requirements in order to set up a representative office on the mainland: A. Enterprises outside China must be legitimately registered in their country or region; B. The ... ...Read More>>

Office Leasing

Commercial Real Estate Overview Currently, the office buildings of Xiamen are mainly distributed across five areas, including the Lujiang Avenue Area, the Hubei North Road Area, the Fushan Area, the Jiangtou Area and the Huli-Dongdu Area. Among these areas, the Lujiang Avenue Area is located in the old city area of Xiamen where Zhongshan Road ... ...Read More>>

Statistics HOT

• GDP: RMB 252.7 billion (2011) • Per Capita Disposable Income of Urban Residents: RMB 33,565 (2011) • Economic Growth Rate: 15% (2011) • Resident Population: 3.53 million (2010) • Unemployment Rate: 3.45% (2011) • Enrollment Rate for Children of School Age: 100% (2011) • Enrollment Rate for High School ... ...Read More>>

Area & Population HOT

The city of Xiamen covers over 1.5 thousand square kilometers of land, and 300 square kilometers of water, with a population of 3.53 million people, comprised of 50 distinct ethnic groups, including Han, Manchu, Hui, Zhuang, She and Miao. Of the resident population, 1,832,194 are males, accounting for 51.88% and 1,699,153 are females, accounting ... ...Read More>>

Location and Climate HOT

Xiamen sits to the south of Fujian Province, enjoying a subtropical climate, which ensures it has an average annual temperature exceeding 20C. In summer conditions can get very uncomfortable, with high humidity and average July maximums of 33C (92F). The cooler months are mild, with average daytime temperatures reaching 18C (64F) in January. ... ...Read More>>

Xiamen Nightlife HOT

Nightlife is not quite devoid of Western bars and clubs, but it may as well be. A few oft-frequented places are scattered here and there, but your visit to Xiamen might just be the perfect time to feel the local vibe. Wild theme bars are all the rage in ...... Read More>>

Xiamen Travel Tips HOT

Summer is not the ideal time to visit Xiamen: humidity is high and temperatures can reach 32 or 33C (91-92F). In addition, this is the typhoon season, which means the city is periodically drenched by storm rains. During the large Chinese national holidays, ...... Read More>>

Xiamen Entertainment Overview HOT

Xiamen is blessed with sandy beaches and an average annual temperature exceeding 20C, a combination which makes it very popular with those trying to get away from it all and soak up some sun. Relaxing on one of the city's beaches at Gulangyu Gangzaihou, ...... Read More>>

Xiamen Shopping Areas HOT

Longtou Road on Gulang Island 鼓浪屿龙头路 This island commercial district is lined with small shops and vendors peddling local handicrafts and food, including lacquer ware, rural artwork, pies, and all manner of knickknacks. A little bargaining ...... Read More>>

Brief Intro to Xiamen Shopping HOT

Zhongshan Road is Xiamen's central shopping destination. Beginning at the Cultural Palace and running all the way down to the water, Zhongshan Road is where you can expect to find the widest variety of department stores, book shops, boutiques, banks, and ...... Read More>>

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