Gulangyu is located to the southwest of Xiamen island. It takes only about 5 minutes from Xiamen Island proper to Gulangyu by ferry as the two are separated by a strip of water as narrow as 600 meters. Its reclamation began around the turn of the Song and Yuan dynasties. It had been named as Yuanshazhou, Yuanzhouzai and changed to its present name of Gulangyu in the Ming dynasty. Famous as a garden on the sea, It is traffic-free and enjoys a congenial spring-like climate all the year round and picturesque natural scenry.
Gulangyu is also known as Museum of Architecture as it has collected many buildings of both Chinese and foreign architectural traditions and styles. Standing on the islet side by side are temples with traditional Chinese flyng eaves, elegant houses of Japanese style and building of former foreign commissions representing different European architectural styles of the 19th century.
Gulangyu has the reputation of being An Islet of Piano and A Home of Music, for it has turned out a number of world famous musicians and the average family piano ownership tops the country.
It used to be a very quiet islet the people living here are simple, gentle and kind. It has attracted lots of domestic and foreign tourists for its low-paced life and fresh appeal.
Best visiting seasons：
All the months of the year except July, August and September are suitable for visit, for July, august and September are the typhoon season in Xiamen and the ferry service is suspended when a typhoon comes. Nowadays, the islet is packed with tourists at weekends and on public holidays.
How to find us
How to get to the Ferry Pier from Xiamen Airport/Railway Station/Coach Terminal：
A) From Airport to Ferry Pier：
1. By Airport shuttle bus【Airport Lounge Building — Ferry Pier (Bus Stop)】(Service hours: 8:30am –18:00pm; Ticket: RMB 10 yuan)
2. By BRT: Out from Airport Lounge and turn left, take BRT Access Bus L19 and get off at Xianhou Stop. Then take BRT to Diyi Matou, the last stop (55 minutes, RMB1.5 yuan). Again take BRT Access Bus L1 to Ferry Pier (2 stops, RMB 0.5 yuan). Or you may walk from Diyi Matou to Ferry Pier and it takes only about 7 minutes.
3. By bus:BUS 27
- 從火車站（梧村車站）坐3/19A/19B/116/127/950/952/994 到輪渡下車。
- 從枋湖汽車站坐31/118 到輪渡下車。
- 從濱南汽車站坐10/23/25/27/30A/30B/99/656 到輪渡下車。