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Travel from Xiamen to Zhangzhou, and Haimen Islet by ferry

Updated: 2013-05-25
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Cycling in Xiamen and the surrounding areas using ferries to get off the island can be very exciting and adventurous. Most ferries carry bicycles for a very small price. From Tongyi Port next to the Xiamen International Cruise Terminal beside Haiwan Park, the ferries run between Xiamen Island and Zhangzhou, helping to carry both passengers and big vehicles.
 
Taking the ferry from Tongyi Port to Zhangzhou Port
  
 Zhangzhou
 
Zhangzhou Zhangzhou
 
Zhangzhou, a city in Fujian, is located in the South eastern coast of China facing Taiwan across the sea. Zhangzhou is known as ‘The Land of Plenty’, "Hua City" or “Flower City” and "Land of Fish and Rice".
 
Zhangzhou has 1,300 years of traceable history and a rich culture. Zhangzhou, which is rich in mountain resources, seafood and water resources from the Jiulong River, enjoys an abundance of unique foods, fruits, flowers, tourism offerings, fitness options and cultural experiences.

 
What is even more appealing to riders in Xiamen is that Zhangzhou Port is only a quick ferry ride from Xiamen’s Tongyi Port. Taking about 45minutes and departing hourly, the fare for the ferry is about 7rmb one way. A bicycle and passenger costs just 10rmb one way.

 
Zhangzhou Port
 
Zhangzhou Port
  
Zhangzhou port is composed of 6 ports, including Shima, Houshi, Gulei, Dongshan and Zhao’an, of which, Zhaoyin port is authorized to be the pilot project for accommodating ships sailing directly to Taiwan.
 
On 31st August, 2010, the ports of Xiamen and Zhangzhou combined into one called Xiamen Port. The Gulei port area, Dongshan port area, Yunxiao port area and Zhao’an port area in Zhangzhou have been incorporated into Xiamen port and placed under the unified management of the new Xiamen Port Authority.
 
After integration, Xiamen Port and Zhangzhou Port are now known as Xiamen Port. The integrated Xiamen Port will develop into an international shipping hub with ocean-going container transports as a pillar supplemented by bulk cargo transport. All preferential policies on customs tariffs, subsidies and customs clearance originally enjoyed by the old Xiamen port area will now be extended to the new Xiamen Port.
 
Timetable of Xiamen Tongyi Port
 
Zhangzhou--Xiamen
Xiamen-- Zhangzhou
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Taking ferry from No. 1 Port to Longhai and Haimen Islet
  
 Longhai
 
Longhai is a county-level city within the prefecture-level city of Zhangzhou, in the south of Fujian. Longhai comprises territory on both banks of the lower Jiulong River, although most of its area is on the right (southern) bank. The left bank yields to Xiamen before reaching the sea, the right bank becomes the south shore of Xiamen Bay and is home to the Zhangzhou Gang tariff-free industrial export zone, in Longhai's Gangwei Town.
 
During the mid-to-late Ming Dynasty, the port of Yuegang (月港, "Moon Harbor") was one of the four main commercial ports of Fujian and a key port in the Manila galleon trade. It was located within the present-day Haicheng Town of Longhai City. The present-day Longhai City is the only county-level city within the prefecture-level city of Zhangzhou. It was formed from the merger of the former Longxi (龙溪县) and Haicheng (海澄县) counties on August 15, 1960.
   
Haimen Island
   
Haimen Island Haimen Island
 
Haimen Island, located at Longhai’s Fugong Town, is an isolated islet which sits at the estuary of Jiulong River. The island has an area of 3.7 square kilometres, twice that of Xiamen Island. The population of the island is about 6200. Since the only transportation to the island is by sea, although inconvenient, Haimen island is far away from the hustle and bustle of the city and it offers the most beautiful natural and rural landscapes. 
 
According to records, Haimen Island used to be a trading port in the Ming Dynasty. It is an important port for exchange between the local businessmen and foreign expeditions. Nowadays, Haimen island has become one of the natural reserves in Fujian and is free from pollution and rich in natural resources.  
 
Taking about 20 minutes and departing every 15 minutes, the ferry starts operation from 6: 45 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and the fare for the ferry is 14rmb one way. Passengers do not need to pay for their bicycles.
    
Note:
If you are going to the Haimen Islet, just tell the boat driver in advance and then he will stop at the Islet on the way.
  
SOURCE: WOX Travel
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