Xiamen University's main campus is located in Siming District, southwestern Xiamen. Located at the foot of the green mountains, facing the blue ocean and surrounded by Xiamen bay. The main campus is picturesque with beautiful scenery and parks, and is one of the main tourist attractions in the heavily-touristed Xiamen. The university also has campuses at Jimei and Zhangzhou.
A new campus will be built in the mainland district of Xiamen, Xiang'an District. It will cover 243 hectares and the first phase will be completed in 2013. It is expected to cater for 30 000 students in the new campus.
Xiamen University has a built area of 2.6 million square meters and its libraries (the Xiamen University Libraries) hold 3.5 million volumes. The scope and level of its high-speed information network on campus is rated at the top of all universities in China and has become one of the main nodes of CERNET2.
Xiamen University was founded in 1921 by Mr. Tan Kah Kee, a famous overseas Chinese patriot, who was acclaimed by Chairman Mao Zedong as the banner of the overseas Chinese and the glory of the nation. It is the first university founded by an oversea Chinese in China's modern education history, as well as one of the key high-level university in China.
With an area of nearly 1.46 million square meters, Xiamen University is permeated with strong academic atmosphere and cultural flavor, and boasts picturesque campus. The university embraces some scenic spots, such as Lotus Lake and Lover Valley Reservoir, with a tranquil and romantic atmosphere.
The old buildings in Xiamen University include Qingshui Walls and glazed rooftops, displaying the unique features, and being a typical model of the combination of the Chinese and the West styles. Besides, the Jiannan Auditorium and Shangcian Stadium are very gorgeous. In the June every year when phoenix flowers are in full bloom, making the campus becomes a red sea. While graduates will leave the university, and at this time the whole campus is full of an atmosphere of sadness and beauty.
In the campus of Xiamen University stand the Human Museum and the Memorial Hall of Lu Xun. The former holds the cultural relics and data on human beings from the pre-history period to modern times, especially the cultural relics reflecting the South Fujian and Taiwan cultures in ancient times and the historical traces of Quanzhou's Overseas communications, with special features and a high value. The memorial Hall of Lu Xun consists of the old residence of Lu Xun when teaching at Xiamen University, and four exhibition halls displaying his life experience and respectful trait characters. After a tour of the beautiful campus, tourists are suggested visiting the precious exhibitions, which are very informative.
Reviews of Xiamen University
It has been referred to as one of the most beautiful universities in China, and I finally had a chance to look into it first hand while I was visiting Xiamen in China's Fujian province. I've been to a few Chinese campuses before, and in general I would (delicately) say that I wasn't very impressed-they were more functional than aesthetic. But, the reputation is probably well-deserved as the Xiamen University campus is indeed quite charming and a short stroll around campus does make this campus stand out from the others in China I've seen so far.
Much like the other nice parts of Xiamen the campus has a good mix of Chinese style architecture with some neo-colonial influences and the inevitable more modern buildings.