We took the ferry over to the island for a 1 nights stay. I really enjoyed walking around exploring the special walking pats and the special architecture. If you have time to spend one night here I think it is well worth it. You can find good restaurants and cute coffee shops all around.
A hot weekend on Gulangyu Island! Decent spot for a walk, but make sure you have sunblock and trainers; it can be gruelling walking up the hilly streets in the sun. Don't expect five star restaurants or hotels. You will have to do with street food and a couple of bottles of water. #summervacation
The Gulangyu island, also known as Kulangsu, is a world cultural heritage site. This island concentrates a lot of history in its 2km, popularly referred to a fairytale island.
The three main settlements date from 1900s. Yanzaijiao keeps its ancient authenticity, dating from Qing dynasty, while Lu’erjiao has more European influence. While island has few residents, most inhabitants travel daily. This island is full of shops, inns, restaurants and souvenirs. A sea of people surrounded by water.
For short background, Xiamen and Kulangsu island were the main maritime sino-foreign key location for centuries, with huge development for this island. After WWII, Japanese soldiers occupied Jinmen island, with brought thousands of refugees to Kulangsu. Later, during Pacific war in 1941, Japanese troops occupied the island, restructured several areas, and imposed Japanese culture. Later the island was recovered for Chinese, leaving an amazing mixture of cultures, architecture and this odd environment around.
Bikes and cars are not allowed. Roads are very small and landscape can be very tiring. Although, there is so much to see and admire: architecture, temples, parks, gardens, beaches, shops inside old buildings.
Get there- Take a ferry from Xiamen’s Lun Du terminal.
⛴ Service hours: Everyday, available 24 hours. Takes around 8 minutes to reach the island, and ferry Can get very crowded.
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Xiamen is a cool coastal city in Fujian.
Once a treaty port known to the world as Amoy, it retains much of the architecture from that time. The main attraction is Gulangyu, an island just off the coast which was a foreign concession where Europeans and Chinese who'd made fortunes abroad built comfortable villas.
There is a short ferry crossing to Gulangyu directly from the Xiamen waterfront but it's only available to Xiamen residents. Tourists must go to the cruiseship terminal to take a significantly pricier and longer ferry. This is annoying, but it's still worth visiting the island. Set aside a whole day to walk around the seawall and visit some of the museums in the main town.
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Gulangyu Island is a tiny island located on the estuary of the Chiu-lung River, facing the city of Xiamen. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site that used to be an important window for Sino-foreign exchanges during the 19th and 20th century. The island is a popular attraction for architecture enthusiasts, providing a mixture of different architectural styles including Traditional Southern Fujian Style, Western Classical Revival Style and Veranda Colonial Style. You can hike up the Sun Rock to overlook the whole island, take a walk in the Shuzhuang Garden (including the Piano Museum) which is one of the finest Jiangnan classical gardens, visit the Hao Yue Garden containing architectures from the Ming Dynasty (including a statue of national hero Zheng Chenggong), the organ museum, and the international letter carving art museum. Don't forget to send yourself a postcard from the future at local stores!