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Xiamen, formerly romanized as Amoy, is a sub-provincial city in southeastern Fujian, China, beside the Taiwan Strait.

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The name was formerly written using the Chinese characters meaning "Lower Gate".

When its port prospered under the Qing, the name was considered unrefined and changed to homophonous characters meaning "Mansion Gate".

In the 19th century, Xiamen's harbor on Yundang Bay was considered one of the world's great natural harbors.

Land reclamation has since been used to fill in the mouth of this inlet, turning it into Siming District's Yundang Lake.

The Gaoji Causeway lies at the bottom and the old Yundang Harbor—now an inclosed lake—lies to the right.

The Kinmen Islands controlled by the Republic of China are visible to the upper left.

Extremes since 1951 have ranged from 1.5 °C (35 °F) on 29 December 1991 to 39.2 °C (103 °F) on 20 July 2007.

Spring, both by humidity and percentage of sunshine, is the dampest season but typhoons in late summer and early autumn can make the latter period wetter overall.

The municipal government is located on other reclaimed land beside it.

The nearest point of Liehyu in the Kinmen Islands, still controlled by the Republic of China from Taiwan, lies only 6 kilometers (4 mi) off Xiamen Island.

The Qing restored the former name upon their conquest of the area, but Koxinga's name was in turn restored after the Xinhai Revolution that inaugurated the republic in 1912.

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