To promote tourism in Jimei District, a new sightseeing bus route was recently launched. The bus route will operate over a two-month-long trial period. Three double-decker buses will depart from Zengcuo’an/曾厝垵 according to the following schedule:
|Departure (Time & Site)||Stopovers||Destination|
|8 a.m. Zengcuo’an||9 scenic spots in Jimei||Shuanglongtan Scenic Spot|
|9 a.m. Zengcuo’an||9 scenic spots in Jimei||Shuanglongtan Scenic Spot|
|10 a.m. Zengcuo’an||9 scenic spots in Jimei||Shuanglongtan Scenic Spot|
|Return (Time & Site)||Stopovers||Destination|
|4 p.m. Shuanglongtan Scenic Spot||9 scenic spots in Jimei||Zengcuo’an|
|5 p.m. Shuanglongtan Scenic Spot||9 scenic spots in Jimei||Zengcuo’an|
|6 p.m. Shuanglongtan Scenic Spot||9 scenic spots in Jimei||Zengcuo’an|
* The sightseeing tour buses also make a stop at Lundu Terminal/轮渡码头 and offer shuttle services among the 9 scenic spots in Jimei District from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
* Passengers can get on or off the tour buses as many times as they like on the valid date of their bus tickets.
First free tour for passengers:
Every passenger is entitled to enjoy a free tour from July 15th to August 15th, 2017. Just follow “慧游集美” on WeChat to get a free pass.
(Passengers can buy the tickets online or on the spot.)
Free WiFi service and drinking water are available on the buses.
The nine landmark scenic spots in Jimei District along the route are as follows:
Jimei Turtle Garden Scenic Spot
The garden is a 4A scenic spot located in Jimei School Village. Visitors are now entitled to free entry (formerly RMB 30 per visitor), which started March 30th this year.
Occupying an area of nearly 9,000 square meters, Turtle Garden was designed and built under the supervision of Mr. Tan Kah-kee in the 1950s and 60s. Turtle Garden consists of three parts: the portico, the Monument of Liberation, and Tan’s Mausoleum.
Yuanboyuan Expo Garden
Located in Xinglin Bay, Jimei District, the Xiamen Yuanboyuan Expo Garden is a majestic aquatic mega-garden showcasing wonderful and characteristic garden arts from all over China and around the world. It opened in September, 2007.
The First Yuanboyuan Lotus Flower Exhibition is being held within the garden.
Tianmu Hot Springs
The hot springs area is located on Hot Spring Islet in Xiamen Yuanboyuan Expo Garden. The facility provides more than 60 functional health-care hot spring pools.
Chengyi Discovery Center
The center is a large science popularization-themed facility whose theme focuses on “aerospace, sailing, natural disasters, and information and communication.”
Xiamen Lingling International Circus City
Built with an investment of RMB 1 billion, the Xiamen Ling Ling International Circus is located in Jimei New Town and covers an area of more than 90,000 square meters.
Xiamen Ling Ling International Circus consists of four parts:
> A grand circus theater
> A circus-themed hotel
> An unique street of magic shows
> A museum of natural specimens
Old Courtyard Scenic Area
Opened in July 2015, the Old Courtyard Scenic Area has quickly become a popular Jimei tourist destination.
> A large indoor theater staging a “Minnan Legend” Show
> A folk custom garden that introduces Minnan and Nanyang culture (Nanyang is an old term for Southeast Asian countries.)
“Three Circles” Model Technology Experience Base
“Three Circles” is a Xiamen-based battery manufacturer. Highlights of the model technology experience base include:
> Rare air, land, and sea models
> F1 competition with models
> Ability improvement activities
Yingkeng Valley Folk Custom Garden
> Three themed areas featuring the Cultural Revolution in China, Chinese arts, and farming
> Puppet shows on weekends
Shuanglongtan Eco-Sports Resort
The resort is the city’s only eco-sports scenic area integrating accommodations, tourism, leisure, and recreation.
Grass skiing, rock climbing, motor racing, farming, fishing, water sports