In 2008, 501 companies from both sides of the Taiwan Straits joined the first fair, which was held at Xiamen's Culture and Art Center, covering an area of 20,000 square meters.
The third fair moved to the city's International Exhibition Center, with an area of 32,000 square meters and more than 1,300 booths.
In 2012, the fifth fair was upgraded to a State-level expo, hosted by the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, the Ministry of Culture and the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. Its area also expanded to 43,000 square meters with 2,200 booths.
In 2014, the seventh fair was crowned as the No 1 cultural fair in the country.
The 15th Xiamen International Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race event, held by the Fujian province city since 2003 will run on Jan 2, 2017.
The Jimei Arles International Photography Festival will return to the city of Xiamen for the second year on Nov 20