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Gulangyu Island

No.6 Lujiao Road, Siming District, Xiamen 361002, China
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Ranked #1 of 198 attractions in Xiamen
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Hong Kong, China
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Go there you have to take the Scary Crowded Ferry, I paid an extra CNY1 and went upstairs, it is better. There are many historic buildings on the island however they are not really special. The restaurants are quite expensive there. It is good for few hours sight-seeing.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

A really good way to spend a day but from the moment you get your ferry ticket through until you get off the ferry after the day you will be crowded... The island has some lovely buildings and some incredibly good food stalls...they are not ridiculously priced given that it In The heart of tourist town but it is more... More

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Hong Kong, China
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

You should visit this place in early morning or late afternoon as it will be very crowded during the holiday or noon time... You can find some historic buildings there which you can take some good photos, however I do not suggest to have the food on Gulangyu island as they are very commercial and you can find a better... More

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Toulouse, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Even if it's a very commercial place, you can walk up through the island and see the old houses, the beautiful gardens and the small typical streets.

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Torrance, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Too many tourists here and many of them smook and they smook everywhere! If you can, walk around the island, it'd take a couple of hours.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The ferry terminal to Gulangyu Island was crowded with fashionably-dressed young couples, wedding parties and holidaying families. We paid 15 yuan ($2.50 USD) for the round trip. It only took around 5 minutes to cross. Glad we hadn't opted for the high-speed ferry. Gulangyu Island is an old colonial outpost that has been transformed into something like the Chinese version... More

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Hong Kong, China
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

To be honest I don't understand why this should be a tourist attraction. Run down houses, garbage where ever you look, lot's of crappy tourist shops, and millions of tourists.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Besides the rain and fog when we were there, this was a great day trip. Just walk around, go to sunlight rock and climb to the top, grab a coffee.....get lost! (You won't get lost...small island). Do some shopping, eat some local food. Enjoy!!

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Gulangyu is a great spot for a day-trip. Don't try to walk around the whole island, take one of the electric carts instead. Plus, the driver will give a running commentary on significant points of interest along the way. The cheapest public ferries are a hazard, overcrowded as they are. Instead, the smaller "qua ting" - or fast vessels -... More

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The short and cheap ferry ride make for easy access to what is probably the main tourist attraction in Xiamen. It was full of Chinese tourists. The scenery is amazing, with gorgeous buildings, narrow/winding streets, lovely gardens and amazing food. I spent half a day wandering around there, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. If you're a music type, check out the... More

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