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My son who lives in Shenzhen took me to Xiamen and we spent most of a day on Gulangyu. Winding streets, European architecture, churches, street food and a piano museum. Very enjoyable. We took one ferry over and a different ferry to get back to...More
This world heritage, pedestrian only island is located very close to Xiamen city. Well preserved architecture left over from colonial times (1840's onwards). Full of small lane ways, small shops and cafes.
Very very popular with local tourists. Suggest to go mid week to avoid...More
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is full of history & culture.It is small enough to walk about for half a day. Foreigners leave from a different Xiamen ferry terminal from locals. Be early & dont miss the ferry as the ticket to GLY is time-specific....More
We bought ferry tickets for 50 RMB at the large ferry terminal at the west-end of Hubin North Road (to kill the 2 hours we had to wait, we went to the area around Yundang Road for a snack and a walk)
Gulangyu is an...More
We tried to check it out ourselves by walking around the island and found ourselves eating a lot of snacks and street food along the way. Ferry tickets could be bought from both piers either in the city or outside city parts of Xiamen. There...More
This island is a fascinating place for history buffs. Its influenced heavily by Dutch raiders and holds the most former embassies in one location close to each other I've seen yet. It's more of a shoppers place and the prices are higher than the mainland...More
Response from Uwe_HongKong | Reviewed this property |
I only can suggest to go early as possible to get the tickets at the counter.
I never tried to make an reservation in advanced, but I guess it’s possible by CTRIP but it might be only in chinese language available.
First, my advice is never go on the weekends, any season. I have family in Xiamen and went with them the first time on a weekend and I backed out (to everyone's relief) when I saw the queue. Family were obviously there for... More
First, my advice is never go on the weekends, any season. I have family in Xiamen and went with them the first time on a weekend and I backed out (to everyone's relief) when I saw the queue. Family were obviously there for me. I tried again by myself on a Monday and booked one night stay for Tuesday. Second, there are many windows and foreigners must go to the allocated windows because it is a higher fare (even Chinese citizens who do not have a Xiamen ID pay a higher fare), however it is not immediately obvious which one is for foreigner so find a security person, show them your passport and they will direct you to the right window. In general, local people are very nice. Third, be sure to take as early of ferry to the island as possible. I got there for the 3 pm ferry on a Monday and it was still a long queue to board and standing room only but better than weekends when we had to fight to even get into the terminal. Leaving the island, take the ferry before 11 ish or so. Travel very light, there is no place for luggage on the ferry, not enough seats, and people push, run, shove, cut, etc. Just stay put, look ahead, and don't give an inch. Don't get upset, this is the way it is, Chinese have had to fight for everything they have and therefore, it is normal and people don't mean to be rude. Lastly, forget the low roads by the boulevard, it is very commercial, same foods, products, etc. Take the high roads up and be sure to visit the Piano Museum at the very top of Gulangyu.
Response from babakbanaei | Reviewed this property |
hi, usually i went this place at evenings the ships have a regular plan (i am not sure how many times per hour).
Dont afraid the crowded , you are in China and you should be inside the nice population of China.