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Gulangyu Island

Address: No.6 Lujiao Road, Siming District, Xiamen 361002, China
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Ranked #1 of 260 things to do in Xiamen
Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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Guangzhou
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Time seems to be frozen in the period of 1860s to 19402 on this island. The era in which China got into the troubled waters, and the great ancient Chinese culture faded while the western culture marched east. In the meantime, the Chinese society was trying to catch up with the the world's pace. It was a time of great... More 

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Xiamen, China
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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Gulangyu Island is a small island near Xiamen (Reachable by the ferry in 15 minutes from Xiamen) once you get there you can enjoy a car free “small European Town” with different attractions. As it has become a really touristic spot (try to avoid the Island on weekends) you have a lot of shops and restaurants creating the Island in... More 

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Xi'an, China
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

To spend a few days in Xiamen is a wise choice, you will be definitely love this city. The Gulangyu Island one of the amazing scenic spot you shouldn't miss. If time allows, you can visit Gulangyu Island by steamship from Xiamen City in about 5 minutes. The steamships are staying at Xiamen Lundu port and the island is just... More 

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Quezon City, Philippines
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

If you are in Xiamen, this little island is full of interesting old buildings, nice shops and alleys and promenades to explore. It was raining when we went so it was not an ideal time to go, but we took shelter in a nice little coffee shop and still enjoyed our visit in spite of the rain. Good thing there... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Was once such a lovely place to catch the ferry to, enjoy a lunch and walk while you escape the city... Now you must fight your way onto a ferry that all non-locals must catch from the international ferry terminal - be prepared to be pushed, shoved and then have tour guides jump at you... I would say if it... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

If you visit Xiamen, which is a lovely city, this is the not to be missed place to go. A short ferry ride to the island and step back in history. This island's history is too long and important for a quickie review. Perhaps most importantly, there are more pianos per capita than anywhere in the world. No cars, so... More 

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Xiamen, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Gulangyu is actually a rather pretty island, with lovely cobblestone alleyways and beautiful colonial homes. However, it's one of the most popular attractions in Xiamen and crowds of people love to flock there, going around in loud tour groups, throwing trash and spitting on the ground, and otherwise making the experience horrible. However, I have been to the island twice;... More 

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The only thing I disliked as many other, it's overcrowded, special after weekends. But if you stay overnight, it.s so enjoyable, I would recommend 2 nights, you can explore the Island, you can swim, relax at the beach , a lot of food, mostly very nice. If you love seafood, than the Island is for you, but also Xiamen !... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 via mobile

The period that I went coincides with their school holidays, which might explain why there were so many local tourists. Tourist are required to go to the new harbour (xia gu ma tou) from Xiamen to take a 15min ferry ride to the island. Tickets cost 35RMB each. Don't bother to hire a local guide. Signs directing to the tourist... More 

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Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

When i was reviewed lots of post in Chinese and English comment, Gulangyu is a comfort and Taiwan like island. I am totally disagree with the comment. It is just a typical crowd and noise island. When i waked through all the spot, i was annoyed by the "tour guide" and the hawkers. There is no heritage stuff. The only... More 

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