Gulangyu Island
Gulangyu Island
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Jamye
Hong Kong, China10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
The island itself is a fairly typical Chinese attraction: a restored or rebuilt historic town. There are several small free museums and many paid ones. In addition, the most remarkable points of the island are paid. However, you can spend 2-3 days to exploring this island: architecture here is quite interesting, the beaches are free and relatively clean. Restaurants are of course overpriced, as well as shops. It is strongly recommended to rent a hotel here (despite the fact that the rooms are small and expensive) in order not to use the ferry to the city. Tickets for it must be purchased in advance online, cost an average of 50-60 yuan per person (this is a ticket to back and forth) and on the day of the trip it may simply sold out. Why should you avoid ferry to the city? This one in particular the worst of the worst public transport in China. Most of the seats on the ferry are standing. Pensioners are trying to gouge your eye out with an umbrella. Brides with grooms and photographers sit on your head. Children screaming and running. The adults are screaming. Moreover, the crew of the ferry also. Throughout the journey, the loudspeaker spews a 120 decibel scream right into your skull. First it's safety instructions repeated many times, then tourist information interspersed with offers to immediately buy shorts, a map of the island and an swim ring. This cacophony does not stop for a second. It's horrible. 25 minutes of travel is like 25 years in hell. You will get to the island exhausted.
Written August 5, 2023
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Travel16
China60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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omega123
Singapore, Singapore7,427 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A number of old buildings probably built around 1920 - 1930s were in bad shape while others were converted to homestay/hotel and restaurant. It is an expensive place to spend money but good to walk as there is a strict ban of motorized vehicles

The way to get to this island is by ferry from the Xiamen ferry terminal. The tickets are RMB30 or 80 type and both is a return ticket, so do not lose the ticket The former sold out very fast and as a foreign visitor it is zero chance of getting it. The latter is more comfortable, air-conditioned and has seats. The RMB30 is standing on lower deck and seated on upper.

The bad part is the return journey as there is no separated, all jammed onto a single pier. It is like running away from the war, Chinese saying 兵慌马乱, 各自逃命。

Avoid the period between 6-8pm.
Written March 17, 2024
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China14,550 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023
Gulangyu is the most famous attraction in Fujian. The UNESCO-recognized island is full of historic mansions that reflect Xiamen's cosmopolitan history. That said, many of the houses are in disrepair. The whole island is also very touristy with hordes of tour guides chasing after visitors. Shops and restaurants mainly cater to Chinese tourists. The ferry ride from Xiamen to Gulangyu is crowded, chaotic and horrible. Reservation in advance is almost mandatory but foreigners are almost impossible to get the tickets online. Only the eastern part of the island is slightly more impressive while the western part is simply an unremarkable residential community. It may be a hyped-up attraction in China, but foreigners have better options in the country e.g. Shamian in Guangzhou.
Written November 6, 2023
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Karin H
Shenzhen, China822 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Philipos
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 Republic67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Xiaodong W
Singapore, Singapore5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Fairly Good Experience
We need to take a boat to Kulangsu. When we arrived there were 5 historic places we could go to, we had a tour guide and the experience was great. However, you need to walk a lot and for all the places you need to buy tickets because the place is quite big and you need a lot of time spent on it. So don't buy all the ticket.
Written March 10, 2024
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Caroline94123
San Francisco, CA12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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