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Xiamen, also historically known as Amoy, is a major city on the southeast (Taiwan Strait) coast of China. It is administered as a sub-provincial city ofFujian province, with an area of 1,699.39 square kilometers and population of 3,531,347 at the 2010 Census. The city's urban area includes the old urban island area and covers all six districts of Xiamen (HuliSimingJimeiTong'an,Haicang and recently Xiang'an), and has a total urban population of 1,861,289. It also borders Quanzhou to the north andZhangzhou making this a unique built-up area of more than five million people. The Jinmen (Kinmen) Islands administered by theRepublic of China are less than 10 kilometres away.

Xiamen and its surrounding countryside is known for its scenery and tree-lined beaches: Gulangyu, also known as Piano Island, is a popular weekend getaway with views of the city and features many Victorian-era style European edifices.Xiamen's Botanical Garden is a nature lover's paradise. The Buddhist Nanputuo Temple, dating back to the Tang Dynasty, is a national treasure. Xiamen is also famous for its history as a frontline in the Chinese Civil War with Taiwan over Jinmen (also known as Kinmen or Quemoy) 50 years ago. One attraction for tourists is to view Kinmen, a group of islands a few kilometres away and under Taiwanese control, from Xiamen island.

Water Garden Expo Park has a planning area of about 6.76 km2 (land area of 3.03 km2, which consists of five exhibition park islands, four ecological landscapes islands and two peninsulas, including the main pavilion, Chinese Education Park, Marine Culture Island, Spa Island and other functional areas and related facilities