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Gulangyu Island

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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“piano museum”(81 reviews)
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No.6 Lujiao Road, Siming District, Xiamen 361002, China
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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

It’s AAAAA certificate sightseeing place of National Tourism Bureau, you can walk to the tourist crowd sightseeing place likes Sunlight Rock and Shuzhuan Parker, but I suggest you walking in the small streets and see the historic villas if you’re free, you can get the...More

Thank Zhi L
Reviewed 14 May 2018

We visited Gulangyu Island during the Chinese New Year which is a very busy time for tourists. The queues at the ferry terminal were massive but somehow once we got onto the island we found some lovely peaceful spots to sit down and enjoy the...More

1  Thank Donal F
Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

Tourists must go to the ferry port 5Km distanced from Zhongshan street. Get the ferry ticket in busy season is virtually impossible. Local people doing business with the ticket. The island offers lots of historical sites to see but the number of tourists spoils everything....More

2  Thank Safari809643
Reviewed 4 May 2018

Ferry tickets: Foreigners cannot buy ticket in advance. You can only purchase on the day itself. Ferries are every 20 minutes. However, be prepared to wait up to 2 hours for your ride as tickets are mostly booked up by tour groups etc. If you...More

3  Thank Travel-smart-asia
Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Very crowded island, advertized authenticity lacking everywhere. It is picturesque, but pretty much a tourist trap (Chinese tourists seem happy enough). Fun to be there though, only after discovering that foreigners are not allowed on the 10 minute ferry ride; you must use the one...More

Thank Pieter v
Reviewed 2 May 2018

I buy a VIP tickets to take the ferry here but no seat to sit. Full of people in the island, noisy, dirty here.

2  Thank So A
Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

It is located not far from Xiamen and it only takes you 20 minutes ferry ride to reach. Upon arrival, you can hire a local tour guide at RMB100 for your trip regardless how many group members you have. He/She will lead you to tour...More

Thank michaellU6188DX
Reviewed 23 April 2018

Getting to the Island was confusing as all the signs are in Chinese, and also VERY few Chinese speak ANY English at all. The main departure point for the Island is from the International Cruise Terminal - where some signs indicate the Gulangyu Island booking...More

4  Thank kandcbuxton
Reviewed 23 April 2018

We re-visited Gulangyu in March 2018. The whole place was so crowded and touristy, with so many shops and food outlets that we found it was no longer the tranquil and charming islet when we first visited 15 years back. We got there and back...More

1  Thank johnA6152IK
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

3rd time visit, went with a few colleagues who hadn’t gone before. Very crowded, lots of tourist, lots of snack stores (pricy and not delicious). They have lots of construction going on. It’s still worth a visit if you haven’t been there before as some...More

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20 August 2018|
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Response from Uwe T | 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.
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Stephen L
13 December 2017|
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Response from Lilly T | Reviewed this property |
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
Genevieve Y
1 October 2017|
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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.