Xiamen, covering an area of 1,700.61 square kilometers, is a charming city in southeastern Fujian, China, beside the Taiwan Strait, which is divided into six districts: Huli, Siming, Jimei, Tong'an, Haicang, and Xiang'an. Additionally, the urban core of Xiamen grew up from the port of Xiamen on southern Xiamen Island, now located within Siming District. In ancient times, Xiamen Island was the habitat of herons, so it was also called "Heron Island". In 1935, Xiamen City was established, in 1980, the State Council approved the establishment of Xiamen Special Economic Zone, in 1988, the State Council approved the establishment of Xiamen as a single-listed city, and in 1994, Xiamen was upgraded to a sub-provincial city.
Gulangyu, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, has attractive scenery and many buildings in Victorian style. Meanwhile, Gulangyu is a pedestrian-only island off the coast of Xiamen and it takes an 8-minute ferry ride to go to downtown Xiamen. Moreover, it is renowned for its beaches, winding lanes and rich architecture. Gulangyu Island has been honored as a national 5A tourist attraction, a national key cultural relic protection unit, and one of the five most beautiful urban areas in China. On July 8, 2017, "Gulangyu: International Historic Community" was inscribed on the World Heritage List, becoming the 52nd World Heritage project in China.