Gulang means Drum Wave,
because of the sound generated by the ocean waves hitting the island’s reefs.
Yu means islet
Gulang Yu is a small island off the coast of Xiamen, in the Fujian province (southern China). It is about 2 square kilometers in area, and home to approximately 20,000 people.
This is truly a unique part of China… It’s so QUIET!!
This car free island is a very popular tourist attraction. We reached the island by taking a ferry from Xiamen island. Gulang Yu is famous for its beaches, winding lanes, and 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 Fujian Province.
On the right – a tourist buggie
GulangYu is also unique in China because it is traffic free. Neither cars nor bicycles are allowed, and this provides a peaceful alternative to the hustle and bustle of busy Xiamen City across the river. Recently, there was an introduction of electric tourist buggies, and this is felt to be damaging to the island’s charm.
Justin keeps trying to get me a kiddie pass!
GulangYu has a beautiful coastline.
Justin loves taking tons of shots when I walk towards him.
He loves me, so it cute, otherwise it would be stalker-like 🙂
The view of Xiamen City from Gulang Yu.
A small house on the grounds of Haoyue Park.
We climbed the hill in Haoyue Park, and admired the view from here. At the top there is the famous Statue of Koxinga. He was a Chinese hero in China and also Taiwan, because he drove the dutch out of Taiwan in the 1660s.
Statue of Koxinga (viewed from the foot of the statue)
You can see the shadow of the hill and Koxinga on the water.
Here is a better view of the Statue.
Once we exited the Haoyue Park we were hungry, so we searched for a snack.
Deep fried vegetables and batter.
Not too bad!
Stone books in the Shuzhuang Garden.
Unique little shops and cafes.
Peace and quiet.