Gu Lang Yu Tours – Xiamen, Fujian Province, China
Gu Lang Yu
About this place
Any one coming to Xiamen has to see Gulangyu (鼓浪屿)or “Drum Wave Islet.” You’ll be mesmerized by the beauty of the island as you approach it during the 10 minute ferry ride. Upon disembarking the first thing you will notice is there are no vehicles of any kind (not even bicycles are allowed) other than quiet electric tour cars. You will also be struck by the varied old-world architecture of prominent buildings on Gulanyu. The islet was home to many foreign consulates (Britain, France, Japan, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Portugal, Holland, Austria, Norway, Sweden, the Philippines, the U.S. and Belgium) during the Western Concession period, prior to the second world war.
Strolling through the winding streets and hills you will often hear classical music being played. Since early in the twentieth century music, and particularly the piano music, has been a passion of Gulangyu residents who have dubbed the islet “Piano Island” or “Music Island.” Several famous musicians and China’s first female conductor have come from Gulangyu. Located here is China’s largest piano museum boasting of 30 pianos over 100 years old. Also for the music minded traveler, are a music hall with frequent concerts, an organ museum and a music academy.
For tourists who are looking for bargaining practice, hone your skills with small shop owners along the streets right after you leave the terminal. Pearls, paintings, paint-within glass art, wood and stone carvings, jewelry of all kinds, silk articles and clothing are just a beginning list of the things to purchase at bargain prices. Don’t be put off by the merchants trying to get you to come into their shops – they are just trying to make a living too.
Wondering through the streets is a real treat. Looking at the colonial style homes and buildings will make you feel like you have taken a trip back into a more peaceful and serene world. But it’s not just a museum as many of the homes are still lived in. Taking an electric tour car around the island is worth while as you can stop for a stroll on the beaches and view attractions and then get on to a later car.
The highest point on the island is Sunlight Rock. You can either take a cable car or climb to view a splendid vista of the Island and downtown Xiamen. Shuzhuang Garden is beautiful with it’s gardens and caves. Other major attractions on the island include: Xiamen Sea World, Drum-Wave Rock and Gulangyu Aviary. You’ll find many other spots you’ll want to explore and admire.
Ferry: There is no fee for the 10 minute ferry ride to Gulangyu Island, but there is an 8 RMB charge to return to the mainland. The ferry runs from 5:30 -24:00
Public Bus Routes to the Ferry Terminal: 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 12, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 36, 44, 50, 66, 67, 85
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Thanks to those a day or half day tour, the Gulangyu night still can remove the to...read more
Gu Lang Yu is a landmark of Xia Men, with nice sea and views, if you can get up early and hit Sunlight Rock, plus you need a nice day too, then you probably can see the beautiful Sun rise. I missed it because i can not get up early after traveling all around, got so tired everyday.
I had a good time when i was traveling around. Hope more people can speak English though, that will make my trip more...read more