The Gulangyu Island
The Nanputuo Temple
The Zhongshan Road

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Amoy for the English

The city of Xiamen is situated in the Fujian province, opposite the island of Taiwan and called "Amoy" by the English, it is one of the stops on the MSC cruise on the discovery of the Orient.


Port and industrial centre of remarkable importance, this Chinese city is in effect an island connected to the mainland by a 5 kilometre bridge and it offers many opportunities for discovering the culture of this immense and densely populated state. Its climate is mild in winter, and, being subject to Monsoons, its summers are humid and warm, with the characteristic rainy season.

You will be able to appreciate the many facets of Xiamen, a destination that is still relatively unexplored by mass tourism and this makes it even more interesting and less contaminated by globalisation. You cannot miss the island of Gulangyu, once a western district, today reachable only by boat and totally pedestrianised. Strolling through its streets, you will be able to catch sight of its characteristic buildings and it won't be hard to find a souvenir to take home with you.

In the district of Siming, instead, stands the only bastion of the Buddhist religion: the Nanputuo Temple. And then the University of Zhongshan, and Zhongshan Road, the street for shopping, the relaxing Yundang Lake and the Botanical Garden. China is synonymous with cooking: Xiamen offers the best of this thousand year culinary art. You must obviously taste the tea in one of the numerous tea rooms. Being a city on the sea, fish is one of the main protagonists of the more traditional dishes, with seafood noodles and soups, and not forgetting sweet and sour chicken, a real must in Chinese cooking.

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    A nation on the march
    A nation on the march

    A cruise to China offers a phenomenal to discover China, a splendidly diverse country in its geographic, ethnic, culinary and social make-up.

    Developing at a rate unmatched in human history, already huge cities are adding sprawling suburbs and cutting-edge architecture on a day-by-day basis, even as an ever-expanding web of high-speed rail ties the country together. Nevertheless, this apparent modernity is based on a civilization that has remained intact, continually recycling itself, for over four millennia. 

    Indeed, it is the tension and contrasts between change and continuity that make modern China so fascinating. Dominating China’s east coast near the mouth of the Yangzi, Shanghai is the mainland’s most Westernized city, a booming port where the Art Deco monuments of the old European-built Bund – the riverside business centre – rub shoulders with a hyper-modern metropolis, crowned with two of the world’s tallest skyscrapers

    It’s interesting to contrast Shanghai’s cityscape with that of rival business hub Hong Kong’s south coast. With its colonial heritage and refreshingly cosmopolitan outlook, there’s almost nothing Hong Kong cannot offer to an MSC Grand Voyages cruiser in the way of tourist facilities, from fine beaches to great eating and drinking.