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Gulangyu Island

Take the ferry to this laid-back island, which is quite small, but known for its excellent seafood, beaches, music and historic architecture. 

Gulangyu Island, home to charming colonial villas, good air quality and shady banyan trees, is a lovely and popular Xiamen destination. Wander down car-free lanes, stop in a small restaurant for milk tea and listen to piano music often heard drifting through the streets.

Serving as Xiamen’s foreign concession until World War II, the island was settled by fourteen different countries between the 19th and early 20th centuries. Note the many surviving colonial buildings, which act as visible reminders of the island’s history.

Less than 0.8 square miles (2 square kilometers) in size, this tiny island is a perfect spot for strolling and enjoying a relaxed atmosphere. Fuzhou Lu and Guxin Lu streets are lined with picturesque flowers throughout the year. For a more peaceful atmosphere, walk farther away from the busy ferry terminal.

Moving southeast from the pier, notice the former Japanese Bo’ai Hospital, which dates back to 1936. Walk up Lujiao Lu to see the old Japanese Consulate and the early 20th-century Ecclesia Catholica. Don’t miss Guancai Lou, a Dutch-designed former residence built in 1931. Like many of the island’s buildings, it has not been especially well preserved over the years, but it exudes a weathered beauty and retains many of its original features.

Find out why Gulangyu is nicknamed "Piano Island” by checking out the unique museum found in Shuzhuang Garden. The museum houses more than 30 historic pianos collected from around the world by Gulangyu native Hu Youyi. Look for a 19th-century American Steinway & Sons piano and a piano which is gold plated.

Toward the southcentral part of the island, find Sunlight Rock, which is the island’s highest point. Walk up this 304-foot (93-meter) hill, taking note of the ancient inscriptions carved along the rocky path. From the top of the hill, enjoy striking views over the entire island and across the water to Xiamen. 

Gulangyu Island is located off the shore of Xiamen, a short ferry trip from Xiamen Ferry Terminal. Non-Chinese visitors must travel from the Dongdu International Cruise Terminal. Visit mid-week to avoid crowds.


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Xiamen Feisu Gulangyu Yangjiayuan Hotel
Xiamen Feisu Gulangyu Yangjiayuan Hotel

Xiamen Feisu Gulangyu Yangjiayuan Hotel

4 Anhai Road, Gulangyu, Xiamen
     
    2.0
    of 5, from 1 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Situated in Xiamen, this hotel is close to Sunlighit Rock, Xiamen University, and Nanputuo Temple. Also nearby are Gulangyu Island and Xiamen Seabed World.

    Gulangyu Qishan No.1 Mansion Guest House
    Gulangyu Qishan No.1 Mansion Guest House

    Gulangyu Qishan No.1 Mansion Guest House

    Qishan Road, Gulangyu, Siming, Xiamen
       
      4.0
      of 5, from 2 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      This guesthouse is located in Xiamen (Siming), close to Xiamen Seabed World, Wanshi Botanical Garden, and Xiamen University. Also nearby are Nanputuo Temple and Sunlighit Rock.

      Judy's Inn $79
      Judy's Inn

      Judy's Inn

      No. 193 Neicuoao Road, Gulangyu, Xiamen
         
        5.0
        of 5, from 2 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in the historical district, this hotel is close to Gulangyu Island, Xiamen University, and Sunlighit Rock. Also nearby are Gulangyu Ferry Pier and Sanqi Tian Ferry Terminal.

        Gulangyu Phoenix Hotel $58
        Gulangyu Phoenix Hotel

        Gulangyu Phoenix Hotel

        No. 57 Haitan Road, Gulangyu, Siming, Xiamen
           
          5.0
          of 5, from 2 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Situated in Xiamen, this hotel is close to Sunlighit Rock, Xiamen University, and Nanputuo Temple. Also nearby are Xiamen Seabed World and Gulangyu Island.

          Marine Garden Hotel $118
          Marine Garden Hotel

          Marine Garden Hotel

          27 Tianwei Road, Gulangyu, Xiamen
             
            4.0 out of 5.0

            This beachfront hotel is located in Xiamen, close to Sunlighit Rock, Xiamen University, and Nanputuo Temple. Also nearby are Xiamen Seabed World and Gulangyu Island.

            Little White House Xiamen Gulangyu $39
            Little White House Xiamen Gulangyu

            Little White House Xiamen Gulangyu

            No. 48 Anhai Road. Siming District, Xiamen
               
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Xiamen, this apartment building is close to Sunlighit Rock, Xiamen University, and Gulangyu Island. Also nearby are Xiamen Seabed World and Sanqi Tian Ferry Terminal.

              Xiamen Gulangyu Linshifu Gongguan Hotel
              Xiamen Gulangyu Linshifu Gongguan Hotel

              Xiamen Gulangyu Linshifu Gongguan Hotel

              No.11-19 Lujiao Road, Gulangyu, Xiamen
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Xiamen, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Gulangyu Island.

                Xiamen Yunpin Hotel $49
                Xiamen Yunpin Hotel

                Xiamen Yunpin Hotel

                No.96, Neicuoao, Gulangyu, Xiamen
                   
                  4.0
                  of 5, from 1 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Xiamen, this hotel is close to Gulangyu Island, Xiamen University, and Gulangyu Ferry Pier. Also nearby are Sanqi Tian Ferry Terminal and Sunlighit Rock.