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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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Xiamen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Gulangyu Islet's 1000+ mansions are a stark reminder that 100 years ago the place was called by Westerners "the richest square mile on earth"). Gulangyu was not only the richest square mile but perhaps the most talented as well. Home of China's first Protestant missions and church, and first Protestant medical missions, the missionaries and businessmen, cooperating with rich Chinese,... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Beautiful buildings that are falling into disrepair, very crowded. The ferry was rather scary as it seemed to be over crowded.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

This island has much to see with a rich history and cultural exchange that can be found in the very architecture. However, do not book a tour guide. Most will lead you straight to the shopping center of the island rather then exploring the many sights on this island.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

One day trip in the Xiamen before fly back Singapore. I reach Xiamen North Speed Train Station. and take taxi in Taxi Stand , left side corner in the Basement of Exit. Do have people approach you for taxi ride and Day tour package. No bother. Taxi go SINMING South road Hotel near Xiamen University. Cost me 120 CNY taxi.... More

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Fujian, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

If you are in Xiamen for a little while, it's worth staying on Gulang Yu over night. It was so nice wandering the little streets at night not having to worry about getting the ferry back to the city. Otherwise it's worth a day trip (stay until the lights come on). Get the 100yuan day pass and go to the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

Good place to visit when visiting Xiamen. Nice beaches, lovely trees and great seafood on the beach. Ferry was efficient also.

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Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Nice layback island. No car on this island. Rich history with many diplomatic buildings from eatly century but many are poorly maintained. Those well maintained are mostly hotels. Much of a tourist trap. Few museums on the island but cannot really think of a reason why I should be back a second time.

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Hejian, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Much wonderful early twentieth century concession architecture - 'Amoy-deco' - and unspoiled by highrise; the island only accessible by ferry and with no cars. Lovely spirit of people enjoying a day out from the mainland. Plenty of signposting. Amazing gallery of Fishbone Art. Nothing to dislike!

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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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