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Gulangyu Island

No.6 Lujiao Road, Siming District, Xiamen 361002, China
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Ranked #2 of 197 attractions in Xiamen
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Surabaya, Indonesia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I went to this island 2 times, in 2012 and 2013, I always enjoy to spent time here, walking all around the island and climbing to the top of the rock and we can find the great view of Xiamen island.

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Beijing, China
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Beautiful island with great sea views. Nice architecture and cozy houses and streets. Good for people who like Chinese seafood. Also Taiwan style food available all over the island. When me and my family visited the island, it was not so crowded however vendors told us it can be very busy during the Chinese holidays, since it is a popular... More

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Chongqing, China
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

When my husband and I went to see the island it was a Monday morning nearing 10 am. At this point in the day there were already thousands of people queuing up to buy tickets for the ferry and to ride it. It was at this point I had my misgivings and wondered if we should leave. We went anyway... More

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Taft, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

On a Monday morning we got up early to go to 鼓浪屿. At the ferry terminal, there were already hundreds, if not thousands, in line to buy passage. I waited in line over an hour, hounded relentlessly. Y hawkers selling hats, post cards, sunglasses, novelty items, etc. after buying a ticket, we waited in line another 45 minutes to get... More

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Hong Kong, China
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Despite our low expectations (because China), we were still terribly disappointed. On arriving at the pier, we were mortified to find large crowds of people (presumably from all over mainland China) - quite reminiscent of the horrors of the Lo Wu border. A short while later, we were approached by a woman who turned out to be a ticket scalper.... More

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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I had visited Gulangyu Island some 5 years ago and went again this time in august for a day excursion. Crossing with the ferry becomes a very adventurous experience in view of the thoudand of people going at the same time. Arrived on the island you are there for a traumatic day, something I had not even seen in Beijing.... More

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Chengdu, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I have been over to the island four times in the last few weeks. I would suggest it's best to go over in the evening before sunset. When you get off the ferry take the left route around the island, you won't see as many tourists and it's a much more peaceful part of the island. Try not to go... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Summer, hot, humid and crowds like you couldn't believe!!! The ferry ride to the island is only short but it took a long time standing in a sweaty pushy line of Chinese holiday makers! Standing room only and most likely overloaded to the point of being dangerous, we literally were like proverbial sardines in a can. Upon docking the throng... More

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Guangzhou, China
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22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Just 5-10 mins ride with a ferry from Xiamen port.. This tiny island can be explored within a day (if you're keep walking).. This island is the prefect choice for you if you're looking for somewhere without cars (though they still have a mini car for tourists there). There's a lot of cute hostels over there, cute buildings, and everything... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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