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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. Put Gulangyu and other Xiamen attractions into our Xiamen trip itinerary maker, and watch your holiday take shape.
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Where to stay in Xiamen

Look in the western half of Xiamen to find the majority of its accommodations. Near the port, a number of high-rise hotels dominate the main squares and look over the city's main sights and green spaces. Work your way through the side streets and you'll find a number of family-run guesthouses, budget-friendly hostels, and rental apartments. Gulangyu Island, ever popular with domestic and international tourists, offers a wealth of rental villas, basic hostels, and pleasant family-run hotels.
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  • Quite a nice place to walk around and enjoy the architeture We took a buggy (35 yuan) to move around the island faster, and hired a tour guide (60 yuan) to guide us. Weather in June was way too hot, a...  more »
  • Went on a semi-rainy day so I think we avoided some of the typical crowds, but the ferry station was still crowded and the least favorite part of the trip. Once on the island, we did the entire loop a...  more »
  • Beautiful island. Make sure you have 6 to 8 hours to spend there. A long walk is ahead of you. Locals sell water, fruits. There were few restaurants, hotels where you could also get an afternoon tea. ...  more »