Gulang Islet covers an area of 1.87 square kilometers. Sunlight Rock, the highest peak on the islet, is the symbol of
On the islet, tourists can find winding coastal lines, natural and gentle seaside bathing grounds with fine sands, and oddly shaped reefs showing superlative craftsmanship, which will make every visitor think a lot, The undulating hills, blue waves, white clouds, green trees and red tiles add beauty and radiance to each other, offering a clean, tidy and tranquil environment.
Many buildings on the islet showing both the Chinese and foreign architectural styles have been well preserved. Hence Gulang Islet is known as the “Gallery of International Architecture.”
The residents on the islet love music very much. With a small population of over 10,000,
To protect tourism resources on the islet, motor-driven vehicles are forbidden to run on the streets, except for a small number of sightseeing storage battery cars for carrying tourists. Therefore the islet is quiet without the noise of traffic, making tourists have fun to stroll on the streets.
At nightfall, when all neon lamps are lit, the whole islet is elegantly decorated, presenting beautiful scenes different from those in the daytime. When viewing
Tourists may get on a ferryboat at the wharf to go to Gulang Islet.Ferryboat:07:00-19:00,once every 10 minutes; and once every 15 minutes for the other periods of time. A round-trip ticket costs eight yuan; and charged on the back way.
Tourists can go to the ferry by public bus Nos2,3,4,8,10,11,12,14,23,25,27,28,30,31,32,44,50,66,67 and 85.
Opening hours: whole day.
Gulang Islet has many shell shops and dried fruit stores. On Longtou Road, tourists can buy meat pies, a special product of Gulang Islet.
Musicians on the islet hold the certificates issued by the government. They are all good at playing musical instruments. Listening to their performance is a wonderful enjoyment indeed.
The Sunlight Rock Scenic Area includes many tourist attractions, such as Sunlight Rock, Zheng Chenggong Memorial Hall and
Situated at the top of Dragon Head Hill in the central by south of Gulang Islet, Sunlight Rock consists of two huge rocks, one horizontal; and the other vertical. The two rocks leaning on with each other, with an elevation of 92.68 meters, form the highest spot of
When Zheng Chenggong, a national hero, recovered
A Heavenly Abode on Gulang Islet
Standing at Sunlight Rock, tourists can have a panoramic view of
Opening hours: 5:00-21:00
Admission: RMB60 yuan/person(including Sunlight Rock, Zheng Chenggong Memorial Hall,
Tips: The observation terrace at the top of Sunlight Rock is small in size, and is always crowded with tourists in the daytime. If it is possible, tourists are suggested going there at dusk when Sunlight Rock has fewer tourists.
Zheng Chenggong Memorial Hall
Lying at the northern foot of Sunlight Rock, the Zheng Chenggong Memorial Hall was built on February 1,1962 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the recovery of
Zheng Chenggong(1624-1662) was a national hero between the end of the Ming Dynasty(1368-1644) and the early Qing Dynasty(1644-1911). Besides the Preface all, the memorial hall consists of seven exhibition halls, namely, ”Zheng Chenggong in His Youth,” “Dedicating Himself to Saving the People, and Rising in Rebellion to Resist Against the Qing Troops,”
”Taiwan, a Treasure Island of China,” Crossing the Sea for an Eastern Expedition, and Driving out the Dutch to Recover Taiwan,” Overcoming Difficulties and Hardships to Develop Taiwan, “His Great Constributions Shining Through the Ages,” and “Inspiring the Later Generations with His National Spirits.” Over 800 varieties of exhibits ae on display, such as historical relics, documents,written materials, photos,charts, paintings ,sculptures and models, introducing the glorious life of Zheng Chenggong in a systematic way.
Opening hours: 08:30-17:30
Situated in Hero Hill southwest of Sunlight Rock, the
Located in the dense forest on the western slope of Hero Hill, the
Tips: The performance of birds starts at 10:30 every morning, and lasts about 40 minutes, with a total of over 20 items.
Gallery of International Architecture
Gulang Islet gathers together over 1,000 architectural structures, showing different styles and a good combination of Chinese and Western elements. They include traditional Chinese temples with upturned eaves and corners, one-story houses in the style of South Fujian Province, the Eight-Trigram Building (which is now Xiamen Museum), showing both the Chinese and foreign architectural characteristics, small and exquisite Japanese houses, former consulates of Western countries with continental style of 19th century.
Opening hours (
Admission: RMB20 yuan/person
It is a private villa first constructed in 1913 by Lin Erjia, a wealthy businessman from
The garden is divided into two parts— Garden Hiding the Sea, and Garden Making-Up Hills. The sea is hidden from view in the garden, and the garden is expanded by the sea. The hill is made up by rocks, and the sky is hidden in caves. When entering the garden, tourists will not see the ocean as their view is blocked by a wall screen.
Openig hours: 05:30-20:00
05:30-07:30 RMB15 yuan/person
07:30-18:00 RMB30 yuan/person
18:00-20:00 RMB15 yuan/person
Located in the Hall of Roaring Tides in
In the Piano Museum, tourists can find the “steinway” piano of the United States and the “Bosendorfer” piano of Austria, both produced in the first half of the 19th century, the precious gilded piano,. the oldest square piano, the largest upright piano, and the oldest hand-operated piano. In particular, in the center of the big hall there are two pianos, which have the patterns of flowers and birds with Chinese classical flavor meticulously and beautifully pieced together with wood. Musicians play piano once every half an hour in the museum. While enjoying the melodious piano music in the kingdom of pianos, tourists will be immersed in the musical atmosphere of the Music Islet.
Opening hours: 18:00-20:00
Tips: Photos-taking is prohibited in the
It is a theme park to commemorate Zheng Chenggong, a national hero. Located on the southeastern seashore of Gulang Islet, the
The most attractive in the park is a huge granite statue of Zheng Chenggong on a huge rock. The statue is 15.7 meters high, 1,617 tons in weight, and is formed by 625 pieces of “Quanzhou white” granites, with 23 layers in total. Fuding Rock, 29.5 meters above sea level, stretches 30 meters to the sea, and stands on three legs like a tripod with Sword Rock and Yindou Rock in the sea. The statue of Zheng Chenggong stand on the three rocks in martial attire looks over the sea, as if he was commanding an army, full of power and grandeur.
In the square of the park stands a large relief screen of a group of people, named “Driving out Invaders with Shields,” which represents the historic scene that Zheng Chenggong led his troops to cross the sea, drive away the Dutch and recover
Opening hours: 07:30-18:00
Admission: RMB15 yuan/person
Located on Fuxing Road in the southeast of Gulang Islet, the
Yuyuan Garden was constructed to commemorate Lin Qiaozhi(1901-1983), a famous doctor of gynecology and obstetrics in China. With an area of 5,700 square meters, the garden has a natural and harmonious layout. A white marble stone statue of Doctor Lin sits on a stone open space in the Yuyuan Garden. With a kindly face and in simple and plain clothes, the statue looks as affable as a kind mother. The “Exhibition Hall of Dr.Lin Qiaozhi’s Life” holds over 100 photos on Dr.Lin’s life and work, and many objects she once used. Comrade Deng Yingchao(1902-1992), a famous proletarian revolutionist, statesman and one of the leaders of Chinese women’s movement, planted two araucarias in the garden in person, symbolizing Dr.Lin’s lofty trait characters.
Dr.Lin was born into a teacher’s family on Gulang Islet. She graduated from the
Opening hours: Whole day
Seaside Bathing Grounds Around Gulang Islet
Around Gulang Islet there are many natural bathing grounds. With gentle slopes and fine sands, these bathing grounds are suitable for leisure and swimming. Visitors will be pleased to enjoy themselves on the bathing ground while appreciating the picturesque scenery, viewing the undulating waves, and listening to the melodious piano music from a distance. Gulang Islet embraces a number of seaside bathing grounds, such as Gangzaihou, Dadeji and Meihua seaside bathing grounds, as well as the bathing grounds in the
The Gangzaihou Seaside Bathing Ground is situated west of the
Xiamen Underwater World
Located in the original Gulang Park west of the Gulangyu Ferry Wharf, the Xiamen Underwater World is one of the largest aquariums with the most characteristics in China, setting two world’s records and 10 national records. The Xiamen Underwater World, looks like a Crystal Palace in blue color. It covers an area of 175,000 square meters, and its floorage area totals 7,500 square meters.
The Crystal Palace is home to over 10,000 rare aquatic animals from all over the world, which fall into over 350 species, such as sea otters and rays of Australia, river sturgeons from the Mississippi of the United States, penguins of Peru, Julongfish from the Amazon, Chinese sturgeons from the Yangtze River, rock fish and sea horses from the South China Sea, octopuses from the East China Sea, and various kinds of coral reef fish, which will make visitors gasp in admiration.
The Ocean World also includes the Sea Hall, Specimen Hall of Sperm Whales, Penguin Hall, Fresh Water Fish Hall, and Dolphin and Sea Lion Performance Hall. Walking along the submarine tunnel, 80 meters long and 1.5 meters wide, tourists can take a tour of the wonderful and mysterious seabed world together with numerous fish, and go close to see how fish catches fish.
Opening hours: 08:00-18:00
Admission: RMB70 yuan/person
Hall of World Celebrities
Located at 111 Lujiao Road on Gulang Islet, the Hall of World Celebrities integrates history, culture, recreation and multi media art, with an area of 1,500 square meters.
The hall contains over 100 vivid and full-length silica gel statues of world-renowed movie stars, sports star and politicians through the super realistic sculpting expression way. All the statues are in life size, with the exactly same color and sense of quality as the real human beings. The sculpture “Tempest to the
The hall includes the science fiction theater with equipment imported from
Opening hours: 08:30-18:00
Admission: RMB35 yuan/adult, RMB20 yuan/child
Tips: The glove puppet opera is performed once an hour, and the last performance begins at 16:45.