Xiamen Foreign Language School (website: http://www.xmfls.net/), founded in 1981, is now one of the first-rate secondary and high schools in Fujian Province, China. The school now has two campuses and covers an area of 112,707 square meters. The campus consists of 3 classroom buildings, 2 laboratory buildings, a modern education technology center, 2 administrative office buildings, a library, an art building, a gym building, 3 students dormitory buildings, 2 dining hall buildings, a teacher dormitory and 2 apartments buildings for foreign teachers.
At present, the school has 62 classes with about 3000 students and 240 teachers including 37 senior teachers and 86 rank-one teachers, and 36 staff members. The school has an education system of six-year schooling (three year of junior high school and three year of senior high school). Now, facing the school’s strategic development, all the teachers and students are working diligently and studying hard to make our school into and experimental and exemplary school with distinct characteristics.
About the City
Xiamen (Panorama), regarded as a gate of China in the south, is an important port city with warm climate and many popular tourist destinations. The city is known for its mild climate, Hokkien culture and Gulangyu Island, as well as its relatively low pollution. In 2006, Xiamen was ranked as China’s 2nd-“most suitable city for living”, as well as China’s “most romantic leisure city” in 2011. As part of the Opening Up Policy under Deng Xiaoping, Xiamen became one of China’s original four special economic zones opened to foreign investment and trade in the early 1980s. Its former harbor was enclosed using land excavated during the city’s expansion, however, the city continues to remain an island connected by bridges to the rest of mainland China.
Xiamen cuisine is the main representative of Fujian cuisine which is famous throughout China. Besides local dishes, food of other parts of the country also can be found here, making this city a good destination for gastronomes. Being fresh, light, crispy and slightly spicy in taste, Xiamen cuisine is famous for its extreme freshness.
Xiamen weather is mild and pleasant most of the year because the city has a subtropical monsoon climate. In this case, the whole year round is good time to visit except that typhoons influence the weather four to five times during the months from July to September. The annual temperatures average 21C (about 70F) and rainfall abounds mainly in the months from May to August. The climate in winter is mild, requiring only sweaters or light coats in the coldest January. Summers are free from extreme heat, although thin clothes are still needed in the hottest July.