There are many international five-star hotels equipped with recreational facilities. However, if you want to get the Xiamen experience take a walk or jog outside in the glorious Xiamen weather. Use caution in July, because it is the hottest month of the year. Otherwise, you can try your hand at bowling, archery, kite flying, martial arts in Xiamen. See below for a sampling of places you can visit for sports and recreation in Xiamen.
Xiamen Water Park
Even though Xiamen prides itself on its wealth of pristine beaches, it still offers a salt water alternative that has been known to cause even sound-minded adults to display behavior that borders on "frolicking." Massive waterslides, some of which that oddly resemble the large intestine, zip bathers into huge pristine pools. There is also a wading area for kids, a makeshift beach, and even lap areas for serious swimmers. Lifeguards assure customer safety. If you curse crowds, it is best to avoid this fun-center during the height of summer.
Address: Huarong Road, Xiamen
Big Egg Bowling Alley
Address: Xiahe Road, Xiamen
Huayi Bowling Entertainment Center
Jinli Bowling Center
Despite the two-hour drive to this jutting spectacle of temples and mountain scenery it is worth every "how much longer" admonishment. Secluded trails vein the park, but the main paved path leads to the biggest attractions, including the Surging Spring Temple. Founded in 908 the temple shelters more than 10,000 Buddhist sutras. Everyday at 4 pm resident monks begin their chants, which the public is welcomed to observe. Waterfalls, views, and plenty of Buddhist inscribed stones and grottoes are some of the other wonders along the trail.
Address: Fuma Road, Fuzhou
Mountain views replace Xiamen's beaches and waves at this wildly scenic mountain park. Located just under an hour northeast of Xiamen on the tree-thick outskirts of Quanzhou, hiking trails fan the park providing eye-stretching views of waterfalls, caves, and of Quanzhou below. The park, fortunately, has yet to be stained with development helping to stem tourist numbers and making it easy to find solitude. Stone inscriptions, statues, temples, and even Islamic tombs speck the trails and provide detailed understanding to the area's former religious significance.
Address: Wenling Road, Quanzhou
The People's Pool
Kai Kou Xiamen Golf Club
Designed by the Shark, Greg Norman, this wandering course infused Xiamen with instant credibility as a golf destination area when it opened in 1994. The course covers 7,274 yards, rewarding those who can rocket the ball off the tee box. Massive sand traps, a Norman designed course trademark, protect every green and have reportedly been the cause of many frustrated vows to pursue bowling instead. Weekend tee times can be reserved a week ahead. The course also offers a driving range and a full-scale restaurant.
Address: Fuzhou Xiamen Highway
Orient Golf & Country Club (The)
Xiamen may not be synonymous with golf like say Pebble Beach or Saint Andrews, but this course has helped put it on the international golf map. The United States Golf Association selected it as one of the Finest 100 Golf Clubs in the World, and every year it now hosts the Orient Masters Tournament. Water hazards are many, making it imperative that you stay on the fairways of this 7,074 yard course. Weekend tee times can be made seven days in advance; weekdays only one day in advance.
Address: No. 1 Yundang Road, Xiamen
Paean Golf Club
China's golf craze has reached Xiamen. To handle the growing interest, especially with tourists, this center provides two courses. Undulating fairways and greens are the most common features. Golf pros are available for private lessons, or if you prefer to work on your game alone, there is a practice range. A full service golf shop carries everything from rental clubs to pull carts. The course lies just 20 minutes from the Xiamen airport.
Address: Xike Village, Xiamen
Fushi Golf Practice Range
Weishi Golf Range
Outdoor War Games Club
Marcopolo Hotels Fitness Center