Xiamen, a picturesque city off the coast of southeastern China, consists of Gulang Island and some regions along the northern banks of the Jiujiang River. It was one of the first four special economic zones to open to the outside world.
Xiamen abounds with tourist resources. It is charming because of its beautiful island scenery, pleasant subtropical climate, brilliant culture, convenient transportation, and complete facilities for tourism.
A small island in southwestern Xiamen, Gulang Island is known as the "Garden on the Sea." There are many 18th century European buildings on the island. The coastline zigzags with natural bathing beaches. The 304 foot-high Solar Rock, the highest peak on the island, is the symbol of the city. Many residents on the island are music fans and play musical instruments; hence its name of the Musical Island.