Friday, August 21, 2009

Gulang Yu Island, Xiamen

Gulang Yu Island is a small island full of activities and tourist. I just couldn't imagine how it would look like until I personally visit there myself. At first I was expecting just some villages or a beach only. Actually, it's more than that. There is no motor vehicle or cars at the island. So you just have to walk around from one place to another. There are lots of old and historical buildings and of course museums. They even have a piano museum. I didn't visit any of the museum there as I was to tiring walking around, and the weather was really hot. The cotton t-shirt I was wearing was all wet. Thanks, they have plenty of restaurants. They have the old and the modern restaurants. Of course I am more interested at the modern one where air-conditioners are available to cool myself up. Fast food chain is my favourite, such as Mc Donald and KFC, but they are mostly crowded. I remember going out from one and to get into another just because I can't stand the heat outside. Did I mentioned about shopping ? There are a lot of things to buy too. So bring plenty of moneies while you are there.To go to Gulang Yu island is easy. I just walk to the nearest bus stop to my hostel and take the bus No. 531 , and drop at the Gulang Yu jetty opposite. That will cost me just 1 yuan. And take the underground crossing, and there you are at the jetty. To tour around the island, you have to buy the ticket for RMB18.00. The ferry will take us around the island. To just cross over to the island, there is no charges. But you have to buy the ticket for the return trip which cost RMB8.00 per person.Besides the little township with plenty of souvenirs to offer, there is also a beach for the swimmers. Most popular type of stuffs that people buy from there are dried sea food, pearls, local handicrafts, tea leaves and etc. They also have a lot of Taiwanese goods there too.
I wanted to stay back till night to watch Gulang Yu after sunset. But my legs are too tired and I can't bear the heat no more. After about 3 pm I headed home tired. But my hands are full because of the souvenirs I bought.
I have plans to go back again to Gulang Yu on my next few days, but things didn't work out as plan as I was too worry about Typhoon Marakot that hit Taiwan on the next day.
Maybe I will visit Gulang Yu again some other trip when I visit Xiamen again. I would say this is the best place to visit when you are in Xiamen.

10 comments:

mantse said...

Gulangyu really a great place... but this season is so hot in Xiamen....

you make me recall the memory last year i went there...

Sylvia K said...

Thanks for the great tour of a really interesting and lovely place!
Terrific shots!

Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

Gypsy Lala said...

I can't believe I came to a blog to show a house what I have stayed there before...All the building are so familer to me as I have ton of the photos of them.
It is great to read your blog and see the red houses.

Denise said...

Another wonderful tour with interesting commentary and great photos. Thank you!

J Bar said...

Diverse set of shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Stephany said...

The statue is huge! Great detail on the buildings. Wonderful series of photos.

Arija said...

Exciting place, love the shot with the dhows.

Lindy MacDuff said...

This was a very wonderful and interesting tour of a beautiful place!

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