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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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Singapore, Singapore
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191 reviews 191 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Well, if you are in xiamen, this is one of a place to go. Be sure to take the quick ferry (the 5 minute one) and not the long tour boat. Be prepared to walk. and on the island, it's a big tourist trap shops. The piano museum is a must if you are an enthusiast.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Everyone who visits Xiamen eventually goes to Gulangyu Island. Take the ferry (but make sure it's the 5-minute ride, not the 30-minute crowded and boring tourist boat). 20-rmb round trip. Once on the island, there's a lot of walking, shopping (yeah, more tourist junk) FOOD, and other sights. Worth a visit in off-peak times. Summer vacation is crowded as are... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The island has many colonial building which look like a 19th century resort island. It is quite clean and the rustic scenery is generally pleasing for the eye. This is a great place to go if you will like a romantic slow paced setting. There is a piano museum that is a must visit for piano enthusiasts. It is also... More

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Bjaeverskov, Denmark
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We visited this island on the 6th July and it were hot as h... 38°C, it is a bit worn out and there a bit too much of tourist traps. There were a lot of people not only tourists but also locals as it were weekend. It's not that clean and unfortunately it seems that habit of just throw your... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is the local tourist mecca for the Chinese in the area, and I'm not sure why. We shared a ferry over with about 600 others, which required being herded into a human cattle pen pending our release onto the ferry. The island I guess is a quiet escape from the bustle of the city, and I assume if you... More

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Shenzhen, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

Although the round trip ferry ride is only 8 yuan, it is not worth the trouble. The 'European style' buildings are sad and dilapidated. There is plenty of tourist targeted shopping, but little else.

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Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

If you live in big city (as Shanghai), it is nice to get on an island without hooting traffic, noice, or pollution. It does offer a relax environment, but as everywhere in China, too many people. And if you are used to travelling and you are not Chinese (so you are not shopping :)), there is not that much to... More

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The island is the highlight of any trip to xiamen and a fascinating piece of history. However it is busy, especially on Sundays and the ferries are very crowded. The old houses are interesting and a glimpse of what old Hong Kong may have been like although some are in a poor state of repair and better labelling would also... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Nice place. Must see if in Xiamen. Love the buildings and climbing to the summit. They have a good deal to see five of the main sights. Drink places were great. Unfortunately my experience with finding a good place to eat was not so great. Need to be careful since food was almost in edible (my Chinese friend with me... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I came to visit this place with my mom, it was very crowded. A lot of tourists were waiting to get on the boat. It's one of the top tourist spots in Xiamen. Make sure you watch your bags as you walk through the crowded site.

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