Ferries are the only transportation to get onto Gulangyu islet in Xiamen. The new Wharfs and new policies for the ferries confuse most of tourists. Here are my tips to the new tourists.
1. Take ferries on Dongdu Cruise Ship Wharf or Songyu Wharf in Haichang in the day time, while on Lundu Wharf in the night time ( After 17:20 in the winter and after 18:20 in summer)
2. Two ship routes on Dongdu Cruise Ship Wharf.
a) Dongdu to Shanqiutian Wharf on Gulangyu. A liner every 20 minutes, RMB35 per ticket for round trip. First liner from Dongdu is at 07:10am, latest liner 17:30(in winter) or 18:30(in summer)
b) Dongdu to Neicuoao Wharf on Gulangyu. A liner every 20 minutes, RMB35(regular ship) per ticket for round trip or RMB50(luxury ship) per ticket for round trip. Regular ship leaves at 50th minutes of each hour. First liner from Dongdu is at 07:10, latest liner at 17:30(in winter), 18:30 (in summer)
3. There is only one ship route from Songyu Wharf in Haicang district. That’s Songyu to Necuowo Wharf on Gulangyu. The ship leaves at the 30th and 50th minutes of every hour. A ticket costs RMB30. First liner from Songyu is at 07:30, latest line 17:50(in winter), 18:50( in summer)
4. During the day time, tourists can leave Gulangyu from Shanqiutian Wharf or Neicuoao and go back to Dongdu Cruise Ship Wharf or leave Gulangyu from Neicuoao and go back to Songyu.
a) Shangqiutian to Dongdu. First liner is at 07:20, latest liner 17:40(in winter), 18:40 (in summer)
b) Neicuoao to Dongdu. First liner is at 07:20, latest liner 17:40(in winter), 18:40 (in summer).
c) Neicuoao to Songyu in Haichang. First liner is at 07:20. The later liners leave on the hours and the 20th minute of every hour. Latest liner is at 17:20(in winter), 18:20 ( in summer)
5. In the night time (After 17:20 in the winter and after 18:20 in summer). To get on Gulangyu, tourists have to take ferries from Lundu Wharf on Lujing Dao to Shangqiutian Wharf on Gulangyu. Night time ferry tickets are also RMB35 but with luxury ship. Tourists get on the ship from No.2 Hall. First liner leaves at 17:50(in winter), 18:50 (in summer). A liner every 20 minutes before 20:50, while 21:15-23:45, a liner every half an hour.
6. There are overnight liners starting at 00:45 from Lundu Wharf to get on the islet, and 01:00 from Piano Wharf to leave the islet. A Roud trip Ticket costs RMB35
夜间航班没了，还有通宵航班，游客通宵航线航班, 票价35元往返。轮渡发船，首班00:45， 鼓浪屿钢琴码头发船首班01:00.
Link to Ferry Boat Company (xiamen) for ticket booking and price : http://xmferry.com