Xiamen Huandao Road, also referred to as Xiamen Huandao Sightseeing Road, is one of Xiamen's most important scenic attractions, offering unparalleled glimpses of Xiamen's beautiful coastline and sea. Huandao Lu winds along the coast for 31 kilometers and has a width of 44-60 metres. A drive or cycle along the road not only takes you past stunning seaside views, but also past mountains, hanging bridges, and even caves. Different sections of the road offer different eye-catching sceneries, which explains why every year endless streams of tourists flock to this idyllic road.
Huandao Lu actually offers more than just scenic views. Lots of recreational venues and snack bars with local food and beverages are dotted along different parts of the route. Huandao Lu is also dotted with a series of bronze statues-99 of them in total-some depicting musicians singing famous songs about Xiamen. This is why the biggest challenge facing tourists is completing the entire 32 kilometer trip in one day, especially since the best way to experience the full splendour of the road is to stop at various sites along the way. For this reason, we suggest first doing the 9km "gold coast line" from Xiamen University to Qianpu, which is a green seaside corridor that combines tourism, sightseeing, leisure and entertainment into one.
Features of Huandao Road in Xiamen
Huandao Road in Xiamen is located at the west Fort Hill Huli and east to the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center.The road starts from the Xiamen oldest ferry terminal, Lendu Ferry Terminal, passing by Yanwu Bridge, Hulishan Fort, Zengcuo'an, Convention and Ex- hibition Center, Wuyuan Bay and the airport, which is 31 kilometers long in total. The seashore from Xiamen University to Qianpu, about nine kilometers long, is called the golden coastal lines, which are a green seaside corridor integrating tourism, sightseeing, leisure and recreation.
Being of a subtropical monsoon climate with mild weather all year round .It is hot in summer, as the temperature at July and Auguest is over 30¡æ, but it is lower 10oC in winter. The average temperature is 21oC. Spring and autumn is the best travel season.
This 30 kilometer long road framing the sea is o-ne of the most scenic roads in Xiamen. The highlight here is at the end of the drive, where you will see 2 billboards facing off between Xiamen Island and Jinmen Island, each relaying an ideology for the unification of the 2 lands.
The spots here are dotted with some of the city best bronze statues, some 99 of them. Xiamen International Exhibitions and Conference Centre, Wuyuanwan (Wuyuan Bay) and Xiamen International Airport are all along the round-the-bay road and safe for cycling. The traffic is thin after you have passed the Xiamen International Exhibitions and Conference Centre.
Wuyuan Bay is another dazzling pearl o-n the Round-the-Island Road. A number of appealing pictures form new scenic sights of Wuyuan Bay, such as the myriad twinkling lights of a sea-side city, sailing boats, evening songs by fishermen, unique customs of She ethnic group, reflections of upturned eaves o-n water and so o-n. According to the design concept of the "bright moon rising from sea level" of the Wuyuan Bridge, four arch bridges will be built o-n Wuyuan Bay to present a magnificent scene of five arch bridges standing side by side. Along the way you can see a view of the sea, beach, ship pavement, grass, trees, sculpture, which form a beautiful water front corridor. Definitely deligthful to drop by in this beautiful sceneric tropical environment.
Biking along Huandao Road
Riding along the coastal road, cyclists will be charmed by the sound of gentle waves breaking onto the sandy seashores, while they get to feast their eyes on exotic flowers and palm trees along the road. That is not all. Cyclists will be delighted to see egrets flying above them. Against the backdrop of the hills, the scene is heaven on earth.
For those without a bicycle, this must-visit destination has bike rental services conveniently located along the scenic route.
The road starts from Yanwu Bridge near Xiamen University and ends at Wuyuanwan Bridge in the island's northeast area. Tourists can ride bikes on a 6-7 meter lane for pedestrians and bicycles.
The best stretch for cyclists is between Baicheng Beach near Xiamen University and the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center, which has a view of Kinmen Island. The distance is about 10 km, one-way, which will take about an hour to cycle without stopping.
Along the way, cyclists will pass the historic Hulishan Cannon Fortress, built in 1891 during the Qing Dynasty (1636-1911) and parks, such as Calligraphy Square and Music Square, where you will find sculptures.
To take a break, get off your bike to feel the sand on the beach, take a swim or check out Yefengzhai Amusement Park, near Huangcuo Beach.
There are restaurants, coffee shops and fruit/snack kiosks, along Baicheng and Huangcuo beaches, for a bite to eat.