Riguang Mountain
Riguang Mountain
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SOH KIEN PENG
By SOH KIEN PENG
Scenic panoramic view and beautiful sunset
4.0 of 5 bubblesOct 2018
Riguang Mountain (日光岩) is not very high even lower than our Bukit Timah Hill in Singapore. It takes about 20 to 40 mins to reach the summit. But it is a must visit top attraction in Gulangyu island for 2 simple reasons: the beautiful sunset and the panoramic scenery of the island. It is not free and I made a mistake not purchasing the combo ticket of RMB 100 and paid RMB 50 for just a single admission to this attraction. The single ticket also gives access to Qinyuan (琴园) but that is all and not to other sites of attractions. On the other hand, the combo ticket allows access to 4 other must see attractions on Gulangyu: (a) Shuzhuang Garden( including Piano Museum)-淑庄花园 (b) Hoayue Garden (Zheng Chenggong Statue)-皓月园 (c) Gulangyu Organ Museum(the Eight Diagrams Tower)-风琴博物馆 (d) International Engraving Museum-国际刻字馆 Thus, it would be financially prudent to buy the combo ticket. I came to Xiamen on the very first day of China's Golden Week on their national day. You can imagine the crowd at the summit of this mountain. Everyone was squeezing their way up the narrow staircase while the departing visitors are taking the same staircase down. With the jostling of the crowd, it is very risky to take out your hand phone near the railing because a little push from someone in the crowd may result in your hand phone slipped out of your grip and fell into the bottom of the valley below. I saw a couple sit so near to the edge of the hilltop and the girl's hand phone accidentally slipped out of her grip and dropped to the edge of the boulder. She saw her hand phone resting on the edge of the mountain but she just could not climb over the railing to retrieve her hand phone. She stood there staring helplessly at her hand phone and crying while her boyfriend was trying to contact the security to help to retrieve the hand phone. I am not sure how the security can retrieve her hand phone as the one attempting the act may just slip down the steep slope of the hill and get killed. So, be careful when you are using your hand phone to take photos of the sunset or the panoramic view of the island. It is rather windy up at the summit. Majority of the crowd went up during dusk solely to see the sunset. The sunset is beautiful and the panoramic view magnificent. It is worth the climb but the squeeze with the crowd is terrifying.

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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China19,632 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023
This is the highest point of Gulangyu and most come for a panorama of the historic island. Sunlight Rock is the place where Koxinga trained his navy to combat the Qing military. The temple around the hill is neat and impressive. In contrast to the crowded alleys on the island, this is like a refuge. Admission is 50 yuan.
Written November 6, 2023
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore8,999 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
Riguang Mountain (日光岩) is not very high even lower than our Bukit Timah Hill in Singapore. It takes about 20 to 40 mins to reach the summit. But it is a must visit top attraction in Gulangyu island for 2 simple reasons: the beautiful sunset and the panoramic scenery of the island.

It is not free and I made a mistake not purchasing the combo ticket of RMB 100 and paid RMB 50 for just a single admission to this attraction. The single ticket also gives access to Qinyuan (琴园) but that is all and not to other sites of attractions.

On the other hand, the combo ticket allows access to 4 other must see attractions on Gulangyu:

(a) Shuzhuang Garden( including Piano Museum)-淑庄花园
(b) Hoayue Garden (Zheng Chenggong Statue)-皓月园
(c) Gulangyu Organ Museum(the Eight Diagrams Tower)-风琴博物馆
(d) International Engraving Museum-国际刻字馆

Thus, it would be financially prudent to buy the combo ticket.

I came to Xiamen on the very first day of China's Golden Week on their national day. You can imagine the crowd at the summit of this mountain. Everyone was squeezing their way up the narrow staircase while the departing visitors are taking the same staircase down. With the jostling of the crowd, it is very risky to take out your hand phone near the railing because a little push from someone in the crowd may result in your hand phone slipped out of your grip and fell into the bottom of the valley below.

I saw a couple sit so near to the edge of the hilltop and the girl's hand phone accidentally slipped out of her grip and dropped to the edge of the boulder. She saw her hand phone resting on the edge of the mountain but she just could not climb over the railing to retrieve her hand phone. She stood there staring helplessly at her hand phone and crying while her boyfriend was trying to contact the security to help to retrieve the hand phone. I am not sure how the security can retrieve her hand phone as the one attempting the act may just slip down the steep slope of the hill and get killed. So, be careful when you are using your hand phone to take photos of the sunset or the panoramic view of the island.

It is rather windy up at the summit. Majority of the crowd went up during dusk solely to see the sunset. The sunset is beautiful and the panoramic view magnificent. It is worth the climb but the squeeze with the crowd is terrifying.
Written January 16, 2019
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LG_Kay
Singapore, Singapore7,519 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
Sunlight Rock is the most famous scenic spot in Gulangyu and is the highest point of the island. Hence, hordes of tour groups would head to this attraction. Entrance fee is 60 rmb. I bought the combo ticket (100 rmb), which can be used there.

After the entrance is the Sunlight Rock Temple, with some pavilions, nothing spectacular. The highlight is climbing to the top of the mountain, not too strenuous though certain sections of the stairs are rather narrow. Initially the path up was wide, with 2 sets of stairs, one for ascending and one for descending. It can bring me to the viewing platform close to the summit. However the last leg is terrible in design, only a narrow flight of steps to the summit, to be shared for ascending and descending visitors. As I visited during off peak season, the queue was ok. I can't Imagine the chaos during peak season. Hence I recommend to stop at the viewing platform just below the summit. I don’t think the view is much different for the 20+ steps at the summit.
Written January 1, 2018
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MikeJuliya
Colombo, Sri Lanka685 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
Overall xiamen is not a enjoyable place as I thought. Here also just another place.
But visit one time to get experience
Written December 10, 2017
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Andrew Y
Singapore, Singapore4,882 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
Why do you have to pay so much money just to climb to a high view point? It is a rip off for tourist. Better to spend your time and money navigating the narrow streets and understand the life and culture on Gulangyu.
Written April 20, 2016
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serenaclaire
Melbourne, Australia823 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
This mountain is located in GuLangYu island. It is not that big in scale. You should only come here if the weather is good and there isn't a crowd. I personally think it is expensive at $60 CNY when you Shanghai's the bund is free.
Written January 29, 2016
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Andrew_Alin
Greater Adelaide, Australia1,628 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The climb is quite steep, but not that high. I suppose the view would have been better on a clearer day, but when we visited, visibility was poor, couldn't see all that far.
You wouldn't be missing out on much if you gave it a miss ...
Written March 7, 2014
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Marija_12
Zadar, Zagrebacka, Croatia236 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Friends
You can go that park and piano museum and have a decent view too for less money (60 RMB is the price for this rock). If you are budget-conscious, skip it. Otherwise, why not? You are already on the island. But I really don't think the view is anything special.
Written February 12, 2014
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datin_tan
Penang Island, Malaysia462 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Business
This is the highest point in GuLangYu island. The ticket cost you about RMB63 but I think is a bit overpriced. You have to climb up the narrow staircase so be there as early as you can, maybe before9am? Else consider to drop it.
Written August 13, 2015
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Tusuitecases
Toronto127 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
It is at the highest point of Gulangyu Island.
Very popular and congested with tourists but worth the time to get up there for a great panoramic view of the island as well as part of Xiamen.
Written December 20, 2014
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