Gulangyu Island

Gulangyu Island, Xiamen: Hours, Address, Gulangyu Island Reviews: 4.5/5

Gulangyu Island
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Islands
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada1,613 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Gulangyu is a good escape from the city and once you get away from the ferry terminals it is pleasantly quiet. There are lots of nice beaches on Gulangyu and it is pretty cheap to get to but there are some island attractions that you have to pay extra for (50 for sunlight rock, 30 for a garden, etc) and if you do want to do them all you can get a ticket package for 90 yuan and save 20. We didn't think the attractions were worth it but did pay 10 yuan for the Haoyue park where there is that 15 m stone statue!

The island is well maintained with clean bathroom facilities. There are quite a few Chinese restaurant options and lots of drink options as well. The walk on the island is relatively easy but you can ask for electric cart transportation there.

Getting there was easy from the ferry terminal. Our friends were told by their hostel to book through Alipay the night before because they are foreigners and we did the same because we are foreigners. The cost is 50 to 60 yuan per person depending on the time of day you book. The International Cruise Center (only one that takes foreigners as of July 2021) is about a 5 to 10 minute walk away from the International Cruise Center. Once at the terminal take the left most line to pickup paper tickets and then you can go to the waiting area. The ferry takes about 20 to 30 minutes to get to Gulangyu and the tickets are for a round trip.

Another item of note is that they weren't letting foreigners to stay overnight as of July 2021.
Written July 6, 2021
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YL Shanghai
San Francisco, CA243 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
If you only have time to visit one place in Xiamen, this is the place. You will see a lot of old wester style buildings built in 1920s by the wealthy at that time. You can also enjoy local food in the back allies. Walking around will take a day, although you can also take electric shuttle cars. During pandemic, you need no reservation in advance to visit Gulangyu. But make sure you bring IDs and mask to ride on boat to the island. The roads were not friendly for stroller though.
Written July 21, 2020
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Caroline94123
San Francisco, CA10 contributions
Dec 2021
When we were there a 48h PCR covid test was required to visit the island. When we got there we felt like we had the island to ourselves. The island is charming, like a small time capsule of colonial Xiamen. Highly recommended!
Written December 26, 2021
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Travel16
China60 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
This was a good choice for a day trip. Lovely architecture and a nice walk around. Food options were very pricey. The puppet show at the museum was not worth the time. The beach was clean with soft sand. The buggy ride around the island is worth the reprieve from the hot summer sun.
Written July 13, 2021
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Karin H
Shenzhen, China803 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
And explore. It’s difficult to just pick one place and say you must go there. My simple advice, take the whole day to walk around and go to very place, even when they als for entrance fee. From great views over Xiamen to ancient history when this was a commercial outpost, many things to see. Don’t forget the piano museum, even if you are not a music lover the displayed instruments are fabulous.
Written September 18, 2020
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paulineang
Shanghai, China3 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Gulangyu is an island just a short ferry ride across from Xiamen. Around 15 minutes ferry ride which was very convenient. Just make sure you book your tickets before the day of departure. And collect it at time of visit. We book ours via a yellow APP called ‘ma feng wo’. Only one ferry terminal is running during our visit due to the pandemic. So make sure you check prior to visit. We are holding foreign passports but residing in China. No problem getting the tickets. Thought I’d mention it here because that was the first question on our minds. We were afraid they were only open for locals at this moment and only allowed local IDs. Ferries are all on time. No delays. Do purchase a route map on the ferry itself. It was very helpful for us. It’s an only pedestrian island so prepare to do a lot of walking. And it’s kind of a hilly island. Not flat. So going up slopes can be a little tiring but still fun. Lots to eat and lots to see. Spend some time at the sandy beach. Beach is relatively clean and beautiful. Gulangyu island is considered a touristy place. But we could still find a lot of authenticity.
Written August 9, 2020
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MattwalesNorthWales
Chengdu, China1,956 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
So we did join a tour, Convinced by the lady in the airport that it was a good idea and it probably did save us a little bit of money, but also subjected us to the worst of Chinese tours until we got to the island and escaped. I mean a thirty minute bus journey listening to a super loud woman talk non stop in Chinese, when we could have walked to the ferry. A forty minute sales presentation for tea, when neither of us drink the stuff. And a sea of old Chinese ladies, elbows sharpened and ready to be the first anywhere.
On the island, things improved, we were free to explore one of the newer World Heritage Sites. Lovely weather, interesting architecture, a myriad of museums and a day full of photo opportunities. Plenty of places to eat and drink or simply shop. Easily a full day out to remember.
Written March 16, 2021
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Philipos
10 contributions
Jan 2020
Good place to go! Just avoid public holidays... too many people and too much noisy. You can take a boat from Xiamen port, it needs just 20 minutes to arrive in that tropical little island! It is not place for swimming etc but it is beautiful and it worth to go!
Written January 21, 2020
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Danielvyjel
Prague, Czech Republic57 contributions
Jul 2020
It's not easy to enter this place as you need to take the ferry which cost some money, where you need to que. There is nothing iconic but you can just enjoy walking around narrow streets, have some great mango juice and seefood. I would avoid any holiday or weekend time, that might be crowded.
Written July 11, 2020
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ROCruiser
Claremont, CA4,531 contributions
Aug 2019
This little pedestrian island should be a must-stop for visitors in Xiamen. The first time we were there was in 1988 and the last time in 2020. What a difference! It was very crowded in the summer but still worth to spend some time there. Our private tour guide was able to book our tickets ahead of time and it was just a relaxing day for us. There are a lot of history here on this island being a UNESCO site with plenty of Victorian style buildings built after the Nanjing Treaty period. Stay for a day to fully enjoy this island.
Written May 8, 2020
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