Xiamen - Ride (Public Bus)

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Xiamen Public Bus

Xiamen is mainly served by the main bus company, Xiamen Public Bus Company and number of other fringe companies. As mentioned in the previous post, Xiamen Public Bus Company has a depot in each of the different districts in Xiamen and services are controlled by individual depots. Due to historical reasons, some of the older buses in the fleet which are based outside the island in Tong An and Jimei each has a different livery from the rest of the fleet. This was because the outlying areas were not considered as part of Xiamen in the past.

The fares are actually quite cheap and are based on a zone system. Services plying within Xiamen Island itself charge a flat fare of RMB1 ($0.21), while some services charge a flat fare of RMB2 ($0.42). During my visit, the city authorities in Xiamen and Fuzhou had both abolished the additional RMB1 aircon surcharge that is payable during summer months. During winter months, Xiamen buses do not switch on the airconditioning and leave the windows open instead.

The fare is clearly printed on the side destination sign, and there is a 10% discount for passengers who use the contactless card (known as E-card).
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Most services charge an additional surcharge when crossing into a different zone. In general, this meant a fare increase when one crosses a major bridge into the surrounding suburbs, such as Tong An 同安and Ji Mei集美. Similarly, this information is clearly indication on the side destination sign. The maximum fare is also printed.
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Unlike Singapore, the route details are listed by the name of the stop instead by the road name. Thus, each stop has a unique name and opposite pairs of bus stop have the same name. This greatly simplifies the route details and make it very user friendly for visitors.

A typical route information board at the bus stop near my hotel, . There is no distinction between the different bus companies that operate the myraid of routes listed on the board, though in general the 5XX services are allocated to the other fringe companies. In addition, the fares are also not listed on the board as the majority are flat fare services that ply within the confines of Xiamen Island.
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A closer look at the route details for one of the bus service listed on the board. Service 27 is a very useful service which connects Xiamen Gaoqi airport to the north with the railway station and ferry terminal. From the route details, the first and last bus timings are listed on the left, and the current stop is in red font. The arrow and the name of the next stop allows one to further confirm the direction of travel.
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Xiamen Public Bus Company 厦门公交
King Long XMQ6110GS1 Non Aircon Double Deck

One of the definite highlights when spotting buses in Xiamen is the King Long XMQ6110GS1 double deck. It is rather uncommon to find double decks in southern China as most of the traditional double deck bus manufacturers are based in northern China.

The double decks are found on service 10, 26 and 80. In fact, these 3 services have a full fleet of double decks, thus one is certain to be able to spot one when camping for either of these 3 services.

DY7573 working service 10 opposite Ferry Terminal.
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DY7389 on service 80 making a U-turn near Railway Station. Some services such as service 80 are temporarily relocated to a roadside terminal due to ongoing road works. DY7389 also advertises Xiamen Public Bus Company as the only company that offers advertising on a double deck.
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Upper deck interior.
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Lower deck interior. The headroom at the rear section is very limited, and the ceiling is just barely centimetres from one's head when seated!
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Service 10 plies between wu shi pu you hua cun 乌石铺油画村(which literally translates to Wushipu Oil Painting Village) and the Ferry Terminal. Although there is a bus terminal at ferry terminal, the buses do not layover there but uses it as a looping point instead. However, I was still amazed by the number of double decks which were laying over at Wushipu Youhua Cun!
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The majority of public buses are manufactured by Xiamen King Long. These buses have a model prefix of XMQ, while those produced by Suzhou King Long have a prefix of KLQ instead.

DY6301, a XMQ6778B, has a coach bodywork and chassis that is similar to many of the shortened King Long coaches in Singapore. However, the coach seats had been replaced with plastic citybus seats and a coinbox installed. It is seen waiting to pick up passengers on —·2, which is a very popular service which links the Railway station with Xiamen University's hostel.
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DY3065 is seen picking up passengers at Railway Station. There is a staff who holds up a placard (seen lying upside down at the bottom left of the photo) who directs passengers heading to the long distance bus terminal.
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The city authorities spray water on asphalt road surfaces during summer months to prevent cracking of the roads, which results in a wet road surface although there was no rain.
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Interior of Golden Dragon XML6112UE1. As it is one of the oldest model in the fleet, the bus is not fitted with a LED to display the name of the bus stop.
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A video of a ride on the Golden Dragon XML6112UE1.


A contrast between old colonial style buildings and modern high rise buildings in the background at Zhongsan Road junction. A number of routes such as service 19, are forced to detour to the south as a section of Zhongsan Road had been converted into a pedestrian shopping street to aid the preservation of the colonial style buildings.
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DY6766 has an advertisement to advertise the opening of wu cun 梧村long distance bus station on 1 Aug 2009. The bus station, which is located opposite the railway station, exclusively serves coaches operating to neighbouring Zhangzhou for now.
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It is always interesting to be able to spot and photograph one's home service in a foreign land, and this XMQ6105G2 on service 806 was no different. A number of new XMQ6105 such as this example has been fitted with a HiSense EDS. However, it was observed that many of the EDS are faulty, which might explain that additional destination signs are also prominantly displayed.
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Xiamen Buses - Fringe Companies

Besides Xiamen Public Transport Company, there are also a number of smaller bus companies which mainly operate 7-8m long buses in the city. These bus companies adopt a common blue and white livery and are only distinguished by the name of the operator painted at the front of the bus or at the side of the bus. Bai He You Yi Bus Company and Gong Yi Bus Company are the largest of these companies.

Bai He You Yi Bus Company 白鹤友谊公交

DY5917 on service 501 - King Long KLQ6789. Looks can be deceiving as I took a similar bus and felt that my life was in danger when the bus shuddered and refused to stop when the brakes were applied. It also felt like falling apart!
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Gong Yi Public Transport 公益公交
Golden Dragon XML6798C1 buses are the preferred models for many of the fringe bus companies. This service 517 buses carries a banner which proclaims it to be a model bus service.
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Ji Mei Public Transport 集美公交
DY2751 shows the rationale for painting the painting the bus registration just below the window. Euro -V maybe?
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Te Yun Public Transport Company 特运公交
DY2587 has an advertisement which advertises a certain brand of concrete using cartoons. I have no idea how the artiste, Wu Bai 伍佰, has a part to play in this advertisement.
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In addition, the company also operates a sightseeing service using King Long XMQ6110GS1 double decks at 1hr frequency. Note the paper registration plate!
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The upper deck has been converted into an 'open-top' and the lower deck is airconditioned with coach seats installed in place of the usual plastic citybus seats
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However, the fares are rather expensive and are charged by zones. A round trip would cost RMB20! (S$4.20)
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Waiting stop for the Sightseeing service at Ferry Terminal. However, the bus called at the opposite direction instead where there was no such sign.
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