Xiamen Bay

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A section of Xiamen Bay near Kah Kee Park, Jimei District

Xiamen Bay (simplified Chinese: 厦门湾; traditional Chinese: 廈門灣; pinyin: Xiàmén wān; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ē-mn̂g-ôan) is a partially enclosed bay off the coast of Xiamen, Fujian province, China and surrounded by Jinmen islands and open waters.[1]


The bay is formed by down-faulted depressed block of undersea bed creating a submerged bay.[2]

The water depth around the bay range from 6 to 25 metres and has a deep water coastal area of 30 km.[3]


Xiamen Bay is an important economic region for Xiamen as well as the whole of Fujian province, China.[4] The bay has numerous port, transport infrastructure, shipbuilding and petrochemical industries.[5] The local government has set up various development areas such as the Xiamen Bay Photoelectric Industrial City to promote economic development.[5]

Due to rapid economic development and industrialization in Xiamen, the bay has been tested for traces of heavy metal contamination.[3][6]


  1. ^ Luca N. Wagner, 2008, Urbanization: 21st century issues and challenges, Nova Publishers, ISBN 1-60021-989-6, ISBN 978-1-60021-989-4, p. 165
  2. ^ Terry R. Healy, Ying Wang, Judy-Ann Healy, 2002, Muddy coasts of the world: processes, deposits, and function, Volume 4 of Proceedings in marine science , Gulf Professional Publishing, ISBN 0-444-51019-2, ISBN 978-0-444-51019-8, p. 339
  3. ^ a b Luoping Zhang, Huan Feng, Xiaoxia Li, Xin Ye, Youhai Jing, Tong Ouyang, Xingtian Yu, Rongyuan Liang and Weiqi Chen, 2009, Heavy metal contaminant remediation study of western Xiamen Bay sediment, China: Laboratory bench scale testing results
  4. ^ Y. M. Yeung, Jianfa Shen, 2008, The Pan-Pearl River Delta: an emerging regional economy in a globalizing China, Chinese University Press, ISBN 962-996-376-0, ISBN 978-962-996-376-7, pp. 125-126
  5. ^ a b ChinaCSR.com, July 25, 2008 - Xiamen Bay Photoelectric Industrial City Launched
  6. ^ Luoping Zhang, Xin Ye, Huan Feng, Youhai Jing, Tong Ouyang, Xingtian Yu, Rongyuan Liang, Chengtie Gao and Weiqi Chen, 2007, Heavy metal contamination in western Xiamen Bay sediments and its vicinity, China

Coordinates: 24°30′N 118°15′E / 24.50°N 118.25°E / 24.50; 118.25