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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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  • The island is quite large and there's a fair amount to see if you just want to wander and admire the European architecture. There are many galleries and museums, but they all come with an entrance fee...  more »
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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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