Xiamen, also known as Amoy, is well-known within China for being a modern and clean beachside city. However, not many foreigners have heard of Xiamen.
Located on an island, the city is laid back and relaxed, probably because of all the beaches. But it also has a fascinating history.
Centuries ago, unique round and square buildings called Tulou were constructed to keep invaders out. Today, you can walk through these ancient buildings and imagine what life used to be like for the locals.
Xiamen also used to be a treaty port, and the city still has that international flavor today.