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Gulangyu Island

 Xiamen Attractions

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Introduction to Gulangyu Island

Gulangyu Islet covers an area of 1.87 square kilometers. Sunlight Rock, the highest peak on the island, is the symbol of Xiamen. Because the holes in the southwestern reefs hit by the waves will make sounds like beating the drum, it got its name Gulangyu Island, meaning "drum waves". 

There are many things to do in Gulangyu Island. On the island, the tourists can find winding seaside bathing grounds with fine sands. Oddly shaped reefs showing superlative craftsmanship, which make visitors think a lot. The undulating hills, blue waves, white clouds, green trees and red tiles add beauty and radiance to each other, offering a clean, tidy and tranquil environment. Many buildings on the island showing both the Chinese and foreign architectural styles have been well preserved. Hence Gulangyu Island is known as the "Gallery of International Architectural".
The residents on the island love music very much. With a small population of over 10,000, Xiamen has over 600 pianos, ranking first in China in the density of pianos. Hence it is called the "Island of Pianos" and the "Land of Music." Walking on the street, visitors can hear the melody of piano everywhere. 

The winding and zigzag paths are another major characteristic of Gulangyu Island. All the paths on the island are linked with each other, with the delightful serenity of seclusion. To protect tourism resources on the island, motor-driven vehicles are forbidden to run on the streets, except for a small number of sightseeing storage battery cars for carrying tourists. Therefore the island is quiet without the noise of traffic, making tourist have fun to stroll on the streets. 

At nightfall, when all neon lights are lit, the whole island is elegantly decorated, presenting beautiful scenes different from those in the daytime. When viewing Xiamen at night across the Egret River between Gulangyu Island, tourists will see colorful lamplights and water surface set each other off beautifully along the long coastal line.

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Siming District Xiamen

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Main Sights

Sunlight Rock,Gulangyu Piano Museum,Twelve Rockery Caves,Shuzhuang Garden ,Haoyue Garden

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Travel Information


Sunlight Rock: 60 Yuan/person

Shuzhuang Garden& Gulangyu Piano Museum:30 Yuan/person

Haoyue Garden:30 Yuan/person

All-inclusive Tickets:100 Yuan/person( Including Sunlight Rock ,Shuzhuang Garden, Haoyue Garden)

Opening Hours:whole day

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1. Tourist may get on a ferryboat at the wharf to go to Gulangyu Island.

Ferryboat: 7:00AM-7:PM, once every 10 mintues; and once every 15 mintues for the other period of time. A round trip tickets costs 8 yuan; and charged on the backway.

2.Tourists can go to the ferry by public bus No. 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 44, 50, 66, 67 and 85.

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Travel Tips 

1. Avoid visiting during school holidays and Golden Week in October as there will be large numbers of local tourists.



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