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Gulangyu Islet

Gulangyu Islet (鼓浪屿)

 

The island, which is just under two kilometers square, is a five-minute ferry ride from Xiamen’s urbanized city center and is most famous for its beaches, seafood and a refreshing lack of automobiles - cars are banned on Gulangyu.

Another main draw of Gulangyu is the large number of colonial houses -- a legacy of having been an international settlement of 14 different countries in the 19th and early 20th century.

 

 

Sunlight Rock dominates Gulangyu’s scenery. Every day, legions of visitors scale the 40-meter-wide stone for a panoramic view of the Gulangyu Island and neighboring Xiamen city center.


 

Gulangyu is nicknamed "Piano Island." With a population of around 25,000, the subtropical town contains more than 5,000 pianos and a 450-square-meter piano museum, showcasing more than 40 ancient pianos from around the world.



The island’s beaches are one of its main attractions and the opportunity to roll up one’s trousers, splash around in the surf and then stare off into the sunset together is what makes the island so popular with young Chinese couples.

 

 

Visitors flock to the island to try its fresh seafood. Every day visitors line up outside 189 Longtou Lu (龙头路189) to try Gulangyu’s tastiest pan-fried oyster cake (RMB 10 per plate). While the basic dish is served all over the island, the oysters at number 189 are shipped in daily and fried with a special blend of sweet potato powder, eggs and green onions.