Xiang'an District was created out of five towns of Tong'an District in May 2003:
Xiamen city is constructing the Xiamen Xiang'an Tunnel which is about 9 kilometres long. This includes 5.95 kilometres of the tunnel under water. It starts from Wutong of Xiamen Island and terminates at Xibin, Xiang'an District, Xiamen. It is scheduled to be completed by 2009.