Saturday, January 31, 2015

【中国厦门游玩记】最特别的鼓浪屿 Fun In XiaMen, China : It's Only Foot Steps in GuLangYu

China Part 6 - XiaMen (厦门), Northern FuJian (福建)

It was one my favourite destination which I love since I have traveled to China.

GuLangYu 鼓浪屿

- View from Xia Men -
Before we depart from Xia Men Ferry, a quick shot from where I stood to GuLangYu, which we were going to visit afterward.

This shot somehow made me looks as if blending in to the local. 

Aw~ Good morning China!

- Tickets -

GuLangYu are madly crowded on the weekends and frequent guests from XiaMen visited GuLangYu for day trip. Such a pretty island I must say!

Approximately 15 minutes from XiaMen by ferry to GuLangYu and to let you know, NO VEHICLES there! Except buggy. All of us went by foot strolling around that pretty island. :)

- Ferry of GuLangYu -

- View of XiaMen from GuLangYu -

In fact, I do like Xia Men, blended with Taiwan lifestyle and just to let you know, TAIWAN just opposite!! We can enter Taiwan via XiaMen.

- GuLangYu Guide Map -

- To Start with Our Visit -

Influenced with bits of Portuguese culture in GuLangYu.

"Gulangyu is an island off the coast of Amoy/Xiamen city, Fujian province in southern China, about 2 km2 (0.77 sq mi) in area. It is home to about 20,000 people and is a domestic tourist destination. The only vehicles permitted are small electric buggies and electric government service vehicles.

Visitors can reach it by ferry from Amoy Island. Local residents are allowed to use a shorter 5 minute ferry to/from Heping Ferry Terminal. Tourists and non-locals must now take a longer 20 minute ferry ride from Dongdu International Terminal, as of October 20, 2014 with a fare increase from 8RMB to 35RMB. This has been in order to reduce tourist numbers accessing the island in an effort to conserve it.

Gulangyu Island is renowned for its beaches and winding lanes and its varied architecture. The island is on China's list of National Scenic Spots and also ranks at the top of the list of the ten most-scenic areas in the province.

Administratively, the island presently forms Gulangyu Subdistrict of Amoy's Siming District. " - Wikipedia

- Passion Fruit -

Small delicacies were selling outside their house, in between the alleys and more.

Here are some of the random snapshots of the buildings and what caught my eye.

- The Church -

- Cafe -

- 菽庄花园 (ShuZhuang Garden) -

It was known as the wealthiest businessman back then and the garden was there for his children and wife to play around and family time.

- 菽庄花园 (ShuZhuang Garden) -

- Directory -

- 鼓浪屿钢琴博物馆 (GuLangYu Piano Museum) -

From the visit in the museum, we were not allowed to take photos.

There were various pianos in there, from piano with lamp, huge and small. In addition, there are also well known pianist biography and personally from China as well.

- 四十四桥 (ZigZag Bridge) -

It was the view of GuLangYu taken from the ZigZag Bridge not far from the island. Do you saw the top of the hill? We didn't walk up there as our time doesn't allow us to do so. 

These are what I love about GuLangYu, very calm and pretty island to visit. For your information, we saw many pre-wedding couples were there for their photoshoot!

- Souvenirs time -

They say GuLangYu was well known with their seafood products, what I must say is, Sabah also have! haha :D

And off we went for our lunch and end of our GuLangYu Day Trip!

We traveled to another destination that afternoon and we reached at the next destination in the evening. Oh gosh!

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