Why Amoy?

We live in Xiamen city in Fujian Province on China’s east coast – directly across from Taiwan.

Xiamen’s current official name, 厦门, comes from the name of a castle, constructed during the Ming Dynasty, called the lower gate or 下门.   The character 下, xià, was later changed to the more refined, 厦, also xià, meaning mansion or large building.  So the name Xiamen means Mansion Gate.

Throughout the 19th century, the city was known as Amoy by Westerners.  The name Amoy comes from the name for the city in the local Minnan or Hokkien dialect.

We’ve adopted the name Adventures from Amoy rather than Adventures from Xiamen for alliterative purposes.

Our tagline, 路到厦门, means “the road to Xiamen” and is a play on the popular phrase 鹭岛厦门 which means Xiamen the Egret Island.

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