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“If your in Xiamen you must go to Gulangyu”
Review of Gulangyu Island

Gulangyu Island
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Private Xiamen Day Tour to Gulangyu Island...
Ranked #10 of 277 things to do in Xiamen
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Gulangyu is a respite from the busy city - nice boat ride and nice long or short walks around the island. walk along the beaches and enjoy the Dutch architecture. Say hello to some of the western minded older Chinese people and enjoy the local businesses/art work/food etc. If you come to Xiamen and you don't visit Gulangyu you missed the best thing to do.

Thank Big D Y
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Gulangyu Island is the closest island to Taiwan Province, and it was where the Chinese Communist Party tried to attack Taiwan during the 50 and 70 era when Taiwan and China were constantly at war.

Nowadays, the ancient writings on the Taiwan side says 三民主义,统一中国 in Tranditonal Chinese Characters, while the writing on the Chinese side says 一国两制,统一中国 in Simplified Chinese Characters. It is a symbol of ancient stalemate between Taiwan and China, which nowadays are virtually gone, besides for politicians who are vying for votes.

Gulangyu has many remnants from foreign rule during the early stages of the New Republic of China in the heyday of its rule.

I enjoyed the ship that travelled from Xiamen to Gulangyu, and loved the seafood and foreign feel when I was traversing the Island, and even heard people playing piano on the island.

Though I didn't stay there for a long time, I really liked the tourist friendly environment, and hope to go to Gulangyu again soon.

1  Thank vajragururinpoche
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

It's spend one day for this Island, is beauty island, one of destination all the traveller will go, one thing i would gave a suggestion to others visitor, only buy ticket in taobao or others website, buy directly at the counter(visitor¥35), because you can only get ferry ticket on day, no seat will be control, one boat are carry over thousand people, and also only around 20mins to Gulangyu.

1  Thank WPC1114
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

If you did not visit this place, it means you have not visited Xiamen. This is because everything in Xiamen started from here. It is now a historical and cultural centre. To preserve very bit of history and culture here, the government has make this into a pedestarian only island. There is no car, motorcycle, van, etc. So to really enjoy and learn every pieces of history or culture, you must dedicate 2 days. There are homestay and boutique hotel here. Do not rush through the island, indulge yourself in every part of it. This is also my very first ecoerience to visit the piano museum. And the spectacular garden. In the island there are many shops and really authentic shop thst you cannot find in mainland Xiamen. People there are friendly and do try the local delicacy too.

Thank Peggy T
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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

A nice retreat a short ferry ride away from.the hustle bustle of Xiamen. Bobcats allowed so it's all on foot or peddles. Lots of boutique shops, cafes & hotels on the island. Very artistic & quiant. Good to spend a weekend max of 3 nights for me.

1  Thank yingchua
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