Xiamen cruises

In southeast China, Xiamen translates as ‘gate of China,’ and is known for incredible egret populations. Popular visits include the tiered South Putuo Temple and Hulishan Battery with its 50 iron cannons from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Gulangyu Island is a real draw, especially its Sunlight Rock, the exquisite Shuzhuang Garden and, more unexpectedly, a piano museum.


Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • A Glimpse of Gulangyu

    Escape from the hustle and bustle of Xiamen with a trip to the scenic eco-island of Gulangyu.

    A Glimpse of Gulangyu

    Embark your exclusive ferry to the scenic eco-island of Gulangyu. Gulangyu is renowned for its delicate natural beauty, ancient relics, varied architecture and is also completely car free.

    When you arrive at Gulangyu, you’ll travel to Shuzhuang Garden by trolley cart where you will be able to appreciate the calm and quiet environment. Feel the gentle breeze and enjoy the sea view as you travel along the coastal road to Shuzhuang Garden. Continue on foot through this exquisitely designed garden that was once a private estate of a wealthy family from Taiwan. You will also have the chance to visit China’s only Piano Museum with a large collection of precious pianos from all over the world.

    Soak up the stunning coastal views from one of the islands many vantage points before walking through the old consulate area. Admire the charming old colonial buildings and villas that represent the unique architectural style of a bygone era.

    As you stroll back to the ferry pier through the meandering alleys you can feast your eyes on an array of exotic local seafood and shop for souvenirs in the small boutiques along the way.

    This tour will operate by coach and ferry. The ferry transfer is exclusive to P&O Cruises. On arrival in Gulangyu passengers will be divided into two groups, group one will operate the itinerary as above and group two will operate the itinerary in reverse. Local currency should be carried for any purchases. There is approximately two hours of walking on this excursion.

    Tour code



    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High


    3¾ hours

  • Traditions of Xiamen

    Delve into the cultural traditions of South China with a visit to the famous Ciji Palace and South Putuo Temple.

    Traditions of Xiamen

    Departing the pier, head by coach to the Xiamen Museum, one of the important local comprehensive museums located at southeastern China, which is devoted to collect, protect, study and exhibit the traditional crafts and relics from Xiamen and Taiwan. Xiamen Museum exhibits the cultural history of Xiamen in an exact, realistic and direct way, enabling visitors to get to know the local, historical tradition.

    Continue by coach to visit one of the most revered and famous Buddhist temples in southern China. South Putuo Temple is an active temple with over 200 monks and was first built more than 1,000 years ago during the Tang Dynasty. Visit the Heavenly King Hall, home to the statue of a huge laughing Buddha representing the Buddha of the future and flanked by ferocious statues of the four heavenly kings. The temple has also served as a home and a training centre for men and women seeking the enlightened path since 1924.

    Sit back and soak up some of the area’s stunning scenery as you travel past the coastal highway en route back to your ship.

    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. Passengers are recommended to wear casual clothing and flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights may vary depending on local conditions. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this excursion.

    Tour code



    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High


    3½ hours

  • Leisurely Xiamen

    Experience old and new on a leisurely tour around Xiamen.

    Leisurely Xiamen

    Travel from old Xiamen to new by coach and visit Bailuzhou Park. The park is situated on an island in the city’s Yundang Lake, and is known as the “green lung” of the city due to its vast green areas. Take a short walk with your guide to the symbol of Xiamen, the Egret Goddess statue, and then enjoy some time at leisure to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the park.

    Continue your tour with a drive through the old quarter of the city where 18th century architecture blends with traditional Cantonese style buildings, giving the area a distinct flavour.

    Sit back and relax as your coach travels the coastal road, and catch glimpses of Jinmen island across the ocean. A photo stop will be made for you to capture the impressive vistas on camera.

    Immerse yourself in the daily lives of the locals on the most popular shopping street in Xiamen – Zhongshan Road. This busy pedestrianised shopping area is lined with a kaleidoscope of architectural styles and a plethora of stores selling local souvenirs, clothing books, and local art. Enjoy some free time here before returning to the ship.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 20 minutes of guided walking on this excursion, the remainder is at your own leisure. Please carry local currency for any purchases. Guests are recommended to wear casual clothing and flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary depending on local conditions.

    Tour code



    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low


    3 hours

  • City of the Silk Road

    Visit the legendary city of Quanzhou, the starting point of the Chinese ancient ‘Silk Road on the Sea’.

    City of the Silk Road

    Quanzhou was the biggest port in the Orient between the years 960-1300 and the Chinese State Council lists it as one of the most famous historical and cultural cities in China.

    Upon arrival in Quanzhou you will visit the fascinating Kaiyuan Temple. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Fujian Province. The temple features twin pagoda’s standing over 120 feet high and the main hall is supported by 86 stone columns inscribed with images of magicians and sacred animals. Discover the intriguing history of this magnificent temple before enjoying a traditional Chinese luncheon in a local hotel.

    After lunch, continue on foot to Tumen Street, this was once a place where merchants from the East and Near East used the ancient Silk Road on the Sea to export of Chinese goods to their homelands. Nowadays, historical remains can be found amid this thriving commercial and cultural street.

    One of the most significant structures in China, Qingjing Temple, can also be found on Tumen Street. The Temple was built during the Song Dynasty and has drawn on the inspiration of the Islamic churches in Damascus, Syria. Pass by the grand entrance for a photograph stop before returning to Xiamen.

    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. Photography is forbidden inside some areas of Kaiyuan Temple. There is approximately two hours walking on this excursion, flat comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code



    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included


    7 hours