Xiamen is an ancient city with a long and varied history. One of China’s five special economic zones, Xiamen was once called “Ludao”, meaning Egret Island, as many birds of that species used to inhabit the area. During the 20th year of Hongwu (1387) in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the city was named “Xiamen Cheng”, meaning gate of the nation. Finally, the name of “Xiamen” stuck.
In October 1980, the State Council made the decision to outline an area of 2.5 square kilometers in Huli, in the north of Xiamen Island, and established Xiamen Special Economic Zone, making it one of the first cities to become a special economic zone in China.
The city has seen rapid growth in economic and social development in recent years.
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