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How to Visit Gulangyu Island

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
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Dear Travelers,

We’d like to have the following quick guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors visiting Gulangyu Island by ferry. If anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!
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Plan your Xiamen Tour? Gulangyu Island is a picturesque island about 600 meters off the southwest coast of Xiamen City (or exactly Xiamen Island).

Gulangyu Island is on the top of the Top 10 Attractions in Xiamen. “Gulang” literally means “Drum Waves”, which indicates the sound caused by the waves hitting the reefs and rocks. “Yu” refers to “Island” in Chinese. This island took its present name of Gulangyu Isalnd in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Gulangyu Island started to develop and prospered at late Ming Dynasty and early Qing Dynasty. Zheng Chenggong (1624-1662) is a national hero of late Ming and early Qing Dynasties. He and his troops stationed in Gulangyu Island. He and his soldiers fought bravely against the Qing government. He recovered Taiwan Island and from the Dutch invaders.

Gulangyu Island became a treaty port as the result of the Chinese losses in the First Opium War and the Treaty of Nanjing in 1842. 15 countries including Great Britain, France and Japan set up houses and consulates in the international settlement in Gulangyu. Now Gulangyu Island is teeming with Victorian-era style architecture – Villas, churches, and hospitals.

Japanese invaders occupied the island began in 1942, and lasted until the end of World War II. Gulangyu Island takes an area of 1.87 square kilometers with a population of 20,000 residents. Gulangyu Island is now classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration. The local government is in full swing in preparation of applying for UNESCO World Culture Heritage.

Through Entrance ticket: RMB 100 ( Actually the island itself is free of charge if you don’t go inside the paid attractions in the island).
If you don’t want to buy a through entrance ticket, you may visit the attractions in the Island one by one and pay one by one.

Paid sights on the Gulangyu Island:
Sunlight Rock: 60 Yuan
Suzhuang Garden: 30 Yuan
Bright Moon Park: 15 yuan
Organ Museum: 20 yuan
International Character Engraving Art Gallery: 10 yuan
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Total Price: 135 yuan ( You can buy one by one per your interest; you also can buy a through ticket ( 100 yuan ) to cover all the attractions). Opening Hours: 24 hours.

Ferry Timetable:

Daytime Ferry : 
Starting Point: Xiamen International Cruise Terminal
Arrival Point:  SanqiuTian Wharf  ( 三丘田码头) or Neicuoao Wharf (内厝澳码头) in Gulangyu Island.
Ferry Schedule: every 20 minutes from 7:00 am  to 5:30 pm
Ferry Price: 35 yuan

Evening Ferry : 
Starting Point: Xiamen Ferry Wharf ( across the west end of Zhongshan Road )
Arrival Point:  SanqiuTian Wharf  ( 三丘田码头) in Gulangyu Island.
Ferry Schedule: every 20 minutes from 7:00 am  to 5:30 pm
Ferry Price: 35 yuan

Take a ferry-boat and reach Gulangyu Island.

 

Take a ferry boat and reach Gulangyu Island in five minutes.

Take a ferry-boat and reach Gulangyu Island in five minutes.

We are approaching the Ferry Pier at Gulangyu Island.
We are approaching the Ferry Pier at Gulangyu Island.

We are approaching the Ferry Pier at Gulangyu Island.

Gulangyu Island has beautiful beaches.
Gulangyu Island has beautiful beaches.

Gulangyu Island has beautiful beaches.

The statue of the National Hero – Zheng Chenggong ( Koxinga )
The statue of the National Hero - Zheng Chenggong ( Koxinga )

The statue of the National Hero – Zheng Chenggong ( Koxinga )

People are playing on the rocks and beaches with the cityscape as the backdrop.
People are playing on the rocks and beaches with the cityscape as the backdrop.

People are playing on the rocks and beaches with the cityscape as the backdrop.

On the top of the Sunlight Rock, the highest place on the Island.
On the top of the Sunlight Rock, the highest place on the Island.

On the top of the Sunlight Rock, the highest place on the Island.

The Lujiang River cuts through Xiamen Island and Gulangyu Island, a sharp contract between the modern buildings and the traditional Victorian-era style architecture
On the top of the Sunlight Rock, the highest place on the Island

On the top of the Sunlight Rock, the highest place on the Island

Sun is setting over the mesmerizing Gulangyu Island
Sun is setting over the mesmerising Gulangyu Island

Sun is setting over the mesmerising Gulangyu Island

06611Tip:Xiamen Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself Xiamen tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Xiamen:Xiamen Cruise Port Day Tour from USD from US$89Xiamen Highlight Day Tour   from US$89 p/p

Xiamen One Day Side Trip to Yongding Hakka Tulou   from US$90 p/p

If you have any questions, just drop a line.

Top 10 Attractions in Xiamen, Top Things to Do in Xiamen

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
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Plan your Xiamen tour?  We have listed the top 10 attractions in Xiamen, which may assist you planning your short trip to Xiamen. Xiamen is a coastal city in Fujian Province of southeastern China.

Xiamen and the surrounding countryside are famous for being an ancestral home to overseas Chinese. It became one of China’s earliest Special Economic Zones in the 1980s. Xiamen was recently voted China’s cleanest city, and has many attractions for the tourist.

Xiamen and its surrounding countryside provides spectacular scenery and pleasant tree-lined beaches. The most attractive place should be the Gulangyu Island.

No. 01: Gulangyu Island
Gulangyu, or “Drum Wave Islet”, is a car free island off the coast of Xiamen City, which is quite small and is across from the ferry terminal on Xiamen Island near Xiamen University and Zhongshan Road.

Gulangyu Island

Gulangyu Island covers an area of 1.78 square kilometers and stands opposite to Xiamen City across the sea. It is home to about 20,000 people and is a very popular tourist destination. Among the many scenic spots on the island, the most attractive are Sunlight Rock and the Shuzhuang Garden.

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 and also ranks at the top of the list of the ten most-scenic areas in Fujian Province.

Entrance Fee: Free ( walking around the island )
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: Visitors can reach it by ferry from Xiamen Island in about 5 minutes.

No. 02 Sunlight Rock
Sunlight Rock is also known as Dragon Head Hill. As the highest point of Gulangyu Island, Sunlight Rock Scenic Area includes Sunlight Rock and Piano Garden.

There is a saying that if you haven’t ascended Sunlight Rock, you haven’t really been to Xiamen. Perched atop Sunlight Rock is a gigantic stone with a diameter of over 40 meters.

Sunlight Rock

Sunlight Rock Temple is one of the four top Buddhist temples in Xiamen. The temple was first built in the Ming Dynasty and was famed far and wide, attracting accomplished monks throughout the dynasties.Connected to Sunlight Rock through the cable car, Piano Garden is another attraction for tourists.

There are Hero Boulder, the Aviary and a cinema in the garden.

Entrance Fee: CNY 86
Opening Hours: 07:00-20:45
How to get there: take a boat from the ferry terminal just across the commercial Zhongshan Road.

No. 03: Zhongshan Road in Xiamen
Walking along Zhongshan Pedestrian Street(中山路步行街) in Xiamen is worth your valuable time for your short trip to Xiamen. Most visitors would come to Zhongshan Walking Street either before or after going to Gulangyu Island since the west starting point of Zhongshan Road is just across the ferry terminal.

Zhongshan Road in Xiamen

Avoid going to the Zhongshan Walking Street on weekends or China holidays. Zhongshan Road is bright and alive at night with different colours. Zhongshan Road is teeming with shops and street vendors. Zhongshan Road is more than just a commercial street,  it is a leisure, entertainment and food center in Xiamen.

Over 200 shops lines up the street with clear chain store outlets and trinket shops. Most of the buildings along the Zhongshan Road are a combination of Victoria-era and Chinese traditional architectures, a kind of two-storey buildings known as “Qi Lou” (riding across buildings). Qi Lou is designed both for commerce and living.

No. 04: Island Ring Road in Xiamen
Xiamen Island Ring Road is a 4-6 lane seaside road totally 43km in length, a green belt that offers tourists a perfect place to bike along beautiful seashores.

The best part of the island ring road starts from the Baicheng Beach from Xiamen University to the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center, a 10km ring road from south to the east.

Island Ring Road in Xiamen

You may rent a bike or tandem to cycle the 10km island ring for about 2 hours.You also can visit some interesting sights like Hulishan Fortress, parks along the ring road and walkway boards by the sea.

If you have strong legs, you can walk the 10km highlight of the island ring road, a paradise for leisure travelers enjoying the blue sky, beach and green belts along the seashores.

Most of the bike rental shops start from 08:00 am  and close at 9:00pm. A mountain bike costs about 10 to 15 yuan/hour with a deposit of RMB300. Tandem bicycles are charged at a higher rate.|

No. 05: Hulishan Fortress
Hulishan Fortress, which is a spectacular site surrounded by walls made of granite and impressive gates, is located at the southern tip of Xiamen Island.Hulishan Fortress was built in 1891, occupying an area of 13,000 square meters.

Hulishan Fortress

Its buildings are distinctively preserved  to the military style of the Ming Dynasty and also that of the Qing Dynasty.The fortress is composed of the barracks, a secret tunnel, a tower, a sentry platform, the ammunition depot, the trench, and the castle.

The German-made Krupp Cannon is the largest existing coast cannon of its kind in the world.

Entrance Fee: CNY 25
Opening Hours: 7:30-18:00
How to get there: There are many buses can arrive the Hulishan Fortress, including Buses No. 35, 96, 812, 616, 618, 531, 503, 811, 809, 106, 87, 86, 82, 48, 47, 29, 22, etc.

No. 06: Xiamen University
Xiamen University, which is one of the comprehensive universities directly affiliated with the Education Ministry, is located in the city of Xiamen in Fujian Province.

Xiamen University

Xiamen University was founded in 1921 by Tan Kah Kee, the well-known patriotic overseas Chinese leader.Xiamen University, a picturesque campus nestled between the sea and the “Five Old Men” mountains, is largely considered to be the most beautiful campus in China.

There are Luxun memorial Hall and Humanities Museum in Xiamen University.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
How to get there: You can go there by public bus 1, 15, 18, 20, 29, 45.

No. 07: Nanputuo Temple
The Nanputuo Temple is located on the southeast of Xiamen Island. It is surrounded by the graceful sea and the Wulao Peaks behind the temple.Nanputuo literally means South Putuo.Putuo referring to the mountain in Zhejiang province.

Nanputuo Temple

The buildings include Devajara Hall (the Hall of Heavenly Kings), Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian), Dabei Hall (the Hall of Great Compassion) and a Pavilion built in 1936.The monks of Nanputuo are often seen on the nearby busy downtown streets. The Nanputuo Temple is a very famous Buddhist temple founded in the Tang era.

Entrance Fee: CNY 3
Opening Hours: 08:00-20:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 45, 87, 17, 18, 29 or 47 from the downtown area to the Nanputuo Temple

No. 08: Oversea Chinese Museum
Located at the foot of Fengchao Hill, the Xiamen Overseas Chinese Museum is a comprehensive museum that highlights the history of overseas Chinese, and the only Chinese museum set up by overseas Chinese.

The Oversea Chinese Museum was founded by the Chinese philanthropist Chen Jiageng. It is a building with a building area of more than 3,000 square meters, displaying more than 7000 exhibits. Special exhibitions of the museum include Unearthed Mummies in Xinjiang, Inner Mongolian Folk Relics and Ancient Technological Achievements of Chinese Agriculture, etc.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 9:30-16:30
How to get there: take Buses No. 1, 2, 15, 18, 21 or 45 to Bowuguan Station

No. 09: Jimei School Village
On the side of the bank facing north Xiamen Island, stands a small town, Jimei, a famous tourist resort, with beautiful scenery and rich cultural relics.

Jimei School Village was built in 1993 with funds provided by a famous philanthropist and educationalist who was a native of Xiamen named Mr. Tan Kah-kee.

Occupying an area of 100,000 sq meters, Jimei School Village has universities, colleges, secondary schools, primary schools and kindergartens with 10,000 students and teachers. Jimei School Village is well-known at home and abroad for its tradition of fine education, and for its excellent facilities.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: there are shuttle buses between Xiamen Train Station and Jimei School Village., including Buses No. 18, 50, 52, 54, 56, 66 and 67.

No. 10: Wanshi Botanical Garden
Wanshi Botanical Garden, also known as the Xiamen Botanical Garden, is a carefully designed botanical garden around Modanyan Reservoir on the northern slope of Shi Mountain in southeast urban area of Xiamen.

Modanyan reservoir was built in 1952 with extension of Wanshi Botanical Garden. It is divided into more than 20 botanical zones, cultivating grounds and display rooms for more than tens of thousands of cultivated tropical.

Wanshi Botanical Garden has scenic spots such as the Morning Bell of Heaven, the Reading and Music Playing Cave, the Cloud Locking Stones, the Jade Scepter Rock and the Peace Stone.

Entrance Fee: CNY 40
Opening Hours: 05:00-18:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 3, 18, 19, 21 or 809 and get off at Yizhong Station; or take Bus No. 87 and get off at Zhiwuyuan Station

 

06611Tip:Xiamen Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself Xiamen tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Xiamen:

Xiamen Cruise Port Day Tour from USD from US$89
Xiamen Highlight Day Tour   from US$89 p/p
Xiamen One Day Side Trip to Yongding Hakka Tulou   from US$90 p/p

If you have any questions, just drop a line.

Xiamen International Cruise Terminal

Monday, January 21st, 2013
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Plan your Xiamen Tour on your Cruise Tour to China? There are major 13 cruise terminals or cruise ports along the China’s coastline including Tianjin, Dalian, Qingdao, Jiangyin, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Sanya, Hong Kong, Taipei and Kaohsiung.

All the destinations of these cruise terminals are full of tourist resources. The city of Xiamen is one of them and worth your visiting and exploring if you have chance to get off your cruise ship for a shore excursion.

Xiamen Cruise Port, or the International Cruise Terminal in Dongdu area, Xiamen, is located on the southwest waters of Xiamen. The Xiamen Cruise Terminal accommodates one dock for a cruise ship of 140,000 DWT and two berths for passenger ships of 3,000 WDT.

The international cruise terminal is a massive 3-storey building with a total area of 82,000 square meters. It has customs passages, waiting areas, restaurants, cafes and other service establishments. To the south of the Xiamen Cruise Port is the Xiamen Kinmen Passenger port with two 80-meter long pontoons, offering the transit service between Taiwan and mainland China.

Xiamen Cruise Port is well located, not far from Xiamen airport and Xiamen railway stations. Taxis are available on the parking lot attached to the cruise port.

Official Name: Xiamen International Cruise Center 厦门国际邮轮中心
Add: No 2, Donggang Road, Xiamen, China
Tel: 0592 – 2022516
Fax: 0592-2024649
The exterior of the Xiamen Cruise Port

The exterior of the Xiamen Cruise Port

The exterior of the Xiamen Cruise Port

 Outside the Departure Hall

Outside the Departure Hall

Outside the Departure Hall

 

The Waiting Area at the Cruise Port

The Waiting Area at the Cruise Port

The Waiting Area at the Cruise Port

Exit and Entry at the Cruise Terminal

Exit and Entry at the Cruise Terminal

Exit and Entry at the Cruise Terminal


Tip:Xiamen Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself Xiamen tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Xiamen:

Xiamen Highlight Day Tour   from US$89 p/p
Xiamen One Day Side Trip to Yongding Hakka Tulou   from US$90 p/p

Further Readings


Xiamen Tour
Xiamen Cruise Port, the International Cruise Terminal Xiamen
How to Visit Xiamen University
How to visit Island Ring Road in Xiamen
How to Visit Hulishan Fortress Xiamen
How to Visit South Putuo Temple Xiamen
How to Visit Zhongshan Road in Xiamen
How to Visit Gulangyu Island

Any questions, just drop a line.