Reviews about Gulangyu Island

Angie安琪

5/5
Reviewed on 8 Apr 2021

Not to miss attraction in Xiamen!Not only because of being Unesco World Heritage, but Gulangyu Island is plenty of nice architecture, history, nice views and wonderful beaches and streets. Reachable from Xiamen International Ferry Terminal in 20min. The island has two wharfs, one at the east and one at the west. One day visit is is a good idea to get an impression, but I guess in peak season is worth to spend a night and have more time to enjoy the sea and do further sightseeing.Must visit: Beaches, Riguang Cliff with the stunning views and the temple at the top, the parks, the area of former consulates and its buildings. There are many options to eat on the island and buy some local products or souvenirs.

Gulangyu Island
Gulangyu Island
Gulangyu Island
Gulangyu Island
Gulangyu Island
Gulangyu Island
Gulangyu Island
Gulangyu Island
Gulangyu Island

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Gulangyu island was very charming. I had some trouble as an English speaker finding the ferry terminal, but got there eventually! It’s listed as “Xiamen Youlun Center Xiagu Wharf” on Apple Maps and “International Cruise City” on English Didi. You’ll need your passport to buy a ticket. I just chose the soonest departure time listed on the board (which was leaving about an hour after I bought my ticket). Price was 50 RMB. I went through security and waited for my ferry. The gate was listed in English on the ticket. Boarding was 10 minutes before the departure time. Ferry ride was about 20 minutes. I wasn’t sure which port on Gulangyu I was going to,but ended up at NeiCuoAo. Gulangyu is beautiful! Lots of gorgeous plants and gardens, old European architecture, Chinese market-style shops, and some western style cafes. All the signs have English as well. I started by wandering a bit, and then I went to Sunlight Rock (the highest point on Gulangyu). Entrance was 50 RMB, but also gave me access to a temple at the bottom of the rock. The view was beautiful, but there were lots of steep steps so be prepared to sweat! After that, I wandered some more and then went to Huangan Park (listed as Zheng Chenggong Giant Stone Statue on Apple Maps). This is where the white big statue you can see from Xiamen is. There is also a small beach. Entrance fee was 10 RMB, but you could only pay through their wechat mini program. A nice security guard helped me click through what I needed to do. There was a golf cart shuffle system throughout the island but I didn’t feel like figuring out how it worked. I also enjoyed walking around and taking everything in as I walked site to site. I could have spent more time wandering around, but a thunderstorm was on its way, so I headed back to the ferry. The GangXin ferry is for Xiamen locals only. I took the YuSan QiuTian ferry back. I did not have to purchase a new ticket, they just scanned my departure ticket again. highly recommend as a day trip!