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No cars. Lots of walking and photo opportunities. Lots of things to see. If you're a non Chinese tourist, make sure you get the correct boat back. Some are for nationals only! The last one leaves at 6pm if you're planning on not staying overnight
Buy your ticket directly at the pier. Don’t believe the hotels / travel agencies/ taxis even who tell you that these will be sold out! They are trying to sell you your packages, which (if you’re used to independent travelling and hate tourist traps) you’ll...More
Fantastic day. Ferry with great views of the harbour. Lots of great architecture and some really brilliant old colonial buildings. Excellent walk around the island. Gardens and piano museum pretty good too. Climb sunrise rock for panoramic view
Gulangyu is a small island just some 1km off Xiamen. Its cultural heritage is rooted in its western colonial history and legacy as it was opened to western countries more than 100 years ago. Once there was a strong presence of a flourishing western society...More
We booked tickets online for the 07:50 ferry on a Wednesday morning. Got in line 40 minutes in advance of departure to pick up the tickets. Got the tickets in our hands at 07:41, but the (single and only) line for the security check was...More
A visit is a must and once you move away from the ferry port, which is very touristy, the island is a great place to explore at leisure. There is a lot of history and architecture to see, and little places to grab a coffee,...More
Love xiamen. It's a great place and kinda garden city. When you go down on the streets, you can see the hospital people from China. Gulangyu is the most famous attraction there. Even though it's a small island, it's of great attraction. Beautifully old-fashioned and...More
Went there last year under recommendation it wasn’t all words of wisdom ! . For me it was hard work to get there the ferry was like being in a sardine can , packed but I guess not unexpected . The island was probably very...More
Gulangyu island is arguably the No.1 touring attraction for the whole Xiamen, which is generally a charming and beautiful city. There are regular ferries to cross the channel and get to the island. There are at least a handful of famous gardens, museums, memorial, parks...More
Response from Uwe_HongKong | Reviewed this property |
I only can suggest to go early as possible to get the tickets at the counter.
I never tried to make an reservation in advanced, but I guess it’s possible by CTRIP but it might be only in chinese language available.
First, my advice is never go on the weekends, any season. I have family in Xiamen and went with them the first time on a weekend and I backed out (to everyone's relief) when I saw the queue. Family were obviously there for... More
First, my advice is never go on the weekends, any season. I have family in Xiamen and went with them the first time on a weekend and I backed out (to everyone's relief) when I saw the queue. Family were obviously there for me. I tried again by myself on a Monday and booked one night stay for Tuesday. Second, there are many windows and foreigners must go to the allocated windows because it is a higher fare (even Chinese citizens who do not have a Xiamen ID pay a higher fare), however it is not immediately obvious which one is for foreigner so find a security person, show them your passport and they will direct you to the right window. In general, local people are very nice. Third, be sure to take as early of ferry to the island as possible. I got there for the 3 pm ferry on a Monday and it was still a long queue to board and standing room only but better than weekends when we had to fight to even get into the terminal. Leaving the island, take the ferry before 11 ish or so. Travel very light, there is no place for luggage on the ferry, not enough seats, and people push, run, shove, cut, etc. Just stay put, look ahead, and don't give an inch. Don't get upset, this is the way it is, Chinese have had to fight for everything they have and therefore, it is normal and people don't mean to be rude. Lastly, forget the low roads by the boulevard, it is very commercial, same foods, products, etc. Take the high roads up and be sure to visit the Piano Museum at the very top of Gulangyu.
Response from babakbanaei | Reviewed this property |
hi, usually i went this place at evenings the ships have a regular plan (i am not sure how many times per hour).
Dont afraid the crowded , you are in China and you should be inside the nice population of China.