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Gulangyu Island

No.6 Lujiao Road, Siming District, Xiamen 361002, China
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Ranked #3 of 197 Attractions in Xiamen
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Ningbo, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Our first time on Gulangyu Island. Our journey started taking a small boat to cross the sea to arrive the Island. Our children loved the feeling of the boat ride. Once on the island, we went to the aquarium that was quite simple but nice, crowded like the entire island. The architecture seemed typical European, but we could feel the... More

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Gulangyu Island may once have been the haunt of Western ambassadors and traders, but these days the colonial-era villas and mansions have taken a back seat; the main action is local holiday-makers coming over for aviaries, aquariums, wax museums and other recent additions to the landscape. Some purists will doubtless feel disappointed by the presence of McDonalds, KFC and Starbucks... More

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Jinjiang, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The Island is lovely to walk around explore for the day (although go when its cooler because you do end up doing a bit of walking and generally in direct sunlight). We stayed for the weekend which made the experience much easier as we didn't have to worry about ferry lines (we arrived late at night when there weren't many... More

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Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The Piano museum is very wonderful. There're some of show time of the piano show in the museum also. The top of the moon rise rock is very high but the view is very beautiful.

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Xiamen, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Your friends will want to go here but ... if you have seen this before, it is so busy. You really must judge the best time to go. Definitely NOT during national holidays or most weekends. Try late afternoon on a Tuesday!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The island itself is not that beautiful in my opinion and the attractions on the island it can be a bit overpriced for what they are but it's a nice place to relax and not have to worry about cars. There is a somewhat cleaner beach than in Xiamen city so it might be better to swim there although I'm... More

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Xiamen, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Go and experience a time when mansions and gardens abounded in British architecture. Is this really China? No cars but many, many people.

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Pasig, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

When me and my family went to Xiamen, my family decided to visit Gulangyu Island, as this was our ancestral home, this is where they were born or grew up. The place is like traveling back in time. There are no luxurious comfort rooms, and only outhouses are to be found, plus you wouldn't dare try, even if you had... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I visited there is at July 2014... the weather is very hot... n full of crowded people... So we can't really enjoy it... The most I don't understand until now why the chinese people don't like to queue... and the most made me sick is the toilet ( i can't describe how dirty their toilet ). So if u wanna... More

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

One can buy the ticket at Sun Light Rock which allows to go through all points of interest. It is 5 minutes ferry away from XiaMen City. The best way is to go to the top of Sun Light Rock 1st which allows to over look the island. Like any place in China, going during the weekdays is a better... More

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