Jimei is a town in Fujian. It is administratively a part of Xiamen and shares many features of Xiamen, including a common public transportation system. However, Jimei is geographically distinct, not located on Xiamen Island.
Getting to Jimei from international and distant Chinese destinations usually involves travelling first to Xiamen, and from there going to Jimei.
Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN) is the airport closest to Jimei, located on the north part of Xiamen Island, and only a 10 minutes car ride from Jimei. They have connections to all over China, as well as connections to important Asian destinations. KLM also provides a thrice weekly flight to Amsterdam.
Xiamen North Raliway Station is a large railway station located in Jimei. It provides bullet train services to imporant regional destinations, including Shanghai, Fuzhou, and Hangzhou. A fast train line to Shenzhen is also under construction, but as of April 2012, not yet in service. From Xiamen North Station there are local buses running into Jimei City Center.
A fast way to get to Xiamen island is to use the BRT line K1. The BRT is a bus system that runs on an elevated road only for BRT buses, and functions almost like a subway. The BRT connects Xiamen Island with some places in Jimei, including Jimei Sports Center, North Jimei, and Xiamen North Station
Jimei is also well connected to many different points on Xiamen Island by a large number of regular buses. Route 959 is especially very useful, going from Central Jimei to important places like SM Plaza, Xiamen Railway Station and Xiada University on Xiamen Island.
A way to get directly Jimei from faraway places is to use the Jimei Long Distance Bus Station which is conveniently located in Central Jimei. It has bus services to most places in Fujian, as well to some places in other provinces.
Jimei is a fairly small place, and most interesting sights are usually in walking distance from each other. Nevertheless, there are many ways to get around for longer distances.
A cheap and efficient way to get around is to use the local bus system. Jimei has the same bus system as Xiamen, so there are mostly modern buses that run often. However, there are almost no English signage, so it can be hard to get around if you can't read Chinese.
It can be harder to find a taxi in Jimei then on Xiamen Island, but they still exist. Few taxi drivers speak English, so if you don't speak mandarin it is a good idea to let your hotel/hostel staff write down your destination in Chinese.
Motorcycle taxis are common, and can be found waiting for costumers at large bus stops and other important meeting places. They provide an exotic and cheap way of travelling through Jimei. Beware though that it is not the safest way to get around, as the drivers like to speed up whenever possible.
Most Jimei attraction can be found in the Jimei City Center, and there is no real reason to go to the suburbs unless you just want to go there to see how everyday life can be in those places.
Shigu Road is a major commercial street in Jimei, where one can find many different stores. There are usually many small market stands where one can find cheap clothing items, electronics, and food.
The shopping center Jimei Dakang Shijie can be found very close to the Jimei Sports Center BRT Station.
A relativly good choice of eating places can be found in Central Jimei, most of them around Shigu Road (especially the southern section of the road.) There are some quite good restaurants, including the Chinese Restaurant Haopengyou (Good Friends), which provides good and affordable Chinese food.
Thanks to its university, Jimei has also some foreign eating places around the southern part of Shigu Road, which includes an Italian and a Thai restaurant.
In addition, there are a number of nicer restaurants in the Wanda shopping mall and the pedestrian street behind it. Many of them are overpriced and overrated, but a few are pretty good for example Golden Olives, a really nice Greek restaurant with some of the best western food in Jimei, including lamb shanks, gyros, chicken fillets, and kabobs.
Cheap Chinese eating joints which serves standard Chinese fried noodles and Baozi can be found all around Jimei.
Take-Away Coffee is a nice café located at 103 Shigu Road. Despite the name, it is also possible to sit down and drink at the café.
Jimei doesn't have an extremely large range of places to stay at, but there a few choices. Another alternative is to stay at Xiamen Island where there are more choices, but that means a 20-60 minutes bus ride to the Jimei city center.