You have to visit Gulangyu Island if you are in Xiamen! The place is rich in history. One advice is to get a tour guide to bring you around the island and also visit the villa of the yesteryears. It is an eye opener. Don't miss the puppet show! Most of the guides speak mandarin. I am not sure if there are English or other languages guide. It would help as they can explain in greater detail of the places you visited. The seafood is just ok. After visiting all the historical sights, it would be worth the while to stroll and shop around. The architecture is beautiful and no wonder it used to be called "Heaven on Earth". Indeed must pay a visit to this island. It is only 5 mins by ferry and try not to go during the weekends as it is very crowded. If you have children, visiting the underwater world would be a great visit too. It will take about 30 to 45 mins for this visit so plan your itinerary carefully if you only have half a day in this island.
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