Gulangyu Island is a tiny island located on the estuary of the Chiu-lung River, facing the city of Xiamen. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site that used to be an important window for Sino-foreign exchanges during the 19th and 20th century. The island is a popular attraction for architecture enthusiasts, providing a mixture of different architectural styles including Traditional Southern Fujian Style, Western Classical Revival Style and Veranda Colonial Style. You can hike up the Sun Rock to overlook the whole island, take a walk in the Shuzhuang Garden (including the Piano Museum) which is one of the finest Jiangnan classical gardens, visit the Hao Yue Garden containing architectures from the Ming Dynasty (including a statue of national hero Zheng Chenggong), the organ museum, and the international letter carving art museum. Don't forget to send yourself a postcard from the future at local stores!
A short ferry ride from Xiamen City, Gulangyu Island offers a breakaway from city life. It boasts houses and buildings more than 100 years old as well as protected trees even older. There are no cars on the island. All goods are transported around the island by men and women wielding rickshaws through the narrow alleys and streets. Climbing to the highest point on the island offers great views of the houses and buildings below, as well as Xiamen city and the surrounding ports. The island has many cats roaming freely with some friendly enough to be touched. There are a few bathing beaches for those who wish to soak up the sun. #oldtown #xiamen
Gulangyu island is definitely a “must visit” place when you travel to Fujian Province! This island has been recognized as one of Fujian Province's most scenic places.
The island is famous for its natural beauty, colonial style architecture and very interesting museums. The island's historic significance as an international port, Gulangyu is a wonderful place to escape from city traffic.
There you can walk along the beach, walk in Shuzhuang Garden, climb to the Sunlight Rock, visit museum and try local food.
How to get there: The Gulangyu Island is located just outside of Xiamen City. It only takes 5-10 minutes by ferry to reach the island from Xiamen City.
We took the ferry over to the island for a 1 nights stay. I really enjoyed walking around exploring the special walking pats and the special architecture. If you have time to spend one night here I think it is well worth it. You can find good restaurants and cute coffee shops all around.
A hot weekend on Gulangyu Island! Decent spot for a walk, but make sure you have sunblock and trainers; it can be gruelling walking up the hilly streets in the sun. Don't expect five star restaurants or hotels. You will have to do with street food and a couple of bottles of water. #summervacation