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Gulangyu, Xiamen

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Take the ferry from Xiamen City to Gulangyu to appreciate its scenic beaches and architecture influenced by European building styles. Only electric buggies and government-authorized electric cars may drive on the "traffic-free" island, which means that pedestrians get to enjoy clean, unpolluted air. While there, seek out the piano museum, the imposing statue of Koxinga, the Chinese military hero, and the many churches that remain from the island's diverse foreign settlers. Make Gulangyu part of your personalized Xiamen itinerary using our Xiamen sightseeing planner.
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  • Tourists must go to the ferry port 5Km distanced from Zhongshan street. Get the ferry ticket in busy season is virtually impossible. Local people doing business with the ticket. The island offers lots...  more »
  • With the ferry to the island from the port of Xiamen. And approx. 50 minutes, then 20 minutes back. A beautiful small island that one back in time a hundred years ago. The piano Museum is also worth a visit. There are many good and reasonably priced offers to go out for dinner.
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  • Ferry tickets: Foreigners cannot buy ticket in advance. You can only purchase on the day itself. Ferries are every 20 minutes. However, be prepared to wait up to 2 hours for your ride as tickets are m...  more »
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  • The island was mostly prohibiting vehicles, we only saw small fire engines and garbage collectors running. Gulangyu was a nice place concerning the environment more than economic growth. Many houses were elegantly preserved from the past that was why the UNESCO marked it a World Cultural Heritage Site. Without leaving the buildings dilapidated, some turned into hotels and some into restaurants; these made Gulangyu a very unique and interesting community.
  • Must visit 5 stars place, important things say 3 times: 5 stars, 5 stars, 5 stars!
  • its sad that they banned fossil fuel powered machines but its still ok you can use electric
  • There are a lot of street food shops claim their food is Taiwanese style. However, they are not. You are welcome to Taiwan to experience real “Taiwan”, which is a place of freedom, and you don’t need VPN to use Google, FB, IG, Line...etc
  • The Gulangyu, Gulang Island or Kulangsu is a pedestrian-only island off the coast of Xiamen, Fujian Province in southerneastern China. A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, the island is about 2 km2 (0.77 sq mi) in area, and is reached by a 5-minute ferry ride from downtown Xiamen. Although only about 20,000 people live on the island, Gulangyu is a major domestic tourist destination, attracting more than 10 million visitors per year, and making it one of China's most visited tourist attractions. Gulangyu not only bans cars, but also bicycles. The only vehicles permitted are small electric buggies and electric government service vehicles. Visitors can reach Gulangyu by ferry from the ferry terminal in Xiamen. Local residents are allowed to use a shorter 5-minute ferry to/from the Lun Du Ferry Terminal. During the day (every 20 minutes, 7:10am–5:50pm), tourists and non-locals must take a 20-minute ferry ride from the Dongdu International Cruise Terminal to either Nei Cuo Ao or Kulangsu Town, which costs 35 yuan. After 6pm, tourists and non-locals can now take a more convenient ferry from Lundu Terminal 2, which drops off at San Qiu Tian Terminal in Kulangsu Town. That service runs all night, and costs 35 yuan between 6pm and midnight (every 20 minutes) and 5 yuan between midnight and 7am (every hour). Gulangyu Island is renowned for its beaches and winding lanes and its varied architecture. The island is on China's list of National Scenic Spots, is classified as a 5A tourist attraction by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), and ranks at the top of the list of the ten most-scenic areas in the province.
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