鼓浪屿 Gulangyu Xiamen. Unesco Earth Cultural Heritage Site |Johor Kaki Travels For Food
Any tour to Xiamen must include a take in to 鼓浪屿 Gulangyu (just similar whatever take in to Singapore must include a trip to Sentosa isle 😄 ). Like Sentosa too Singapore , Gulangyu isle is but a brusk ferry hop from Xiamen island. Just a tiny ii Km² isle , a take in to Gulangyu is a solar daytime trip that involves a lot of walking but it is a really beautiful too memorable place.
The hop off signal from Xiamen isle to Gulangyu isle is Xiamen Harbour Passenger Terminal 厦门港客运站. It's a modern too good run facility capable of treatment high traffic volume.
Making our agency to the embarkation signal to Sanquitian jetty 三丘田码头 in Gulangyu together amongst throngs of tourists. (It was a Saturday.)
Whenever possible , take in Gulangyu during off peak flavor (weekdays) every bit it is extremely popular. Over 10 1000000 people take in the in i lawsuit idyllic isle a twelvemonth too the position out is increasing 😄
Take inward a flake of the modern Xiamen skyline every bit the ferry piece of cake cross the narrow strait.
We arrived at Sanquitian jetty 三丘田码头 inward or too then fifteen maybe xx minutes - no necessitate for a topographic point which is limited. It is to a greater extent than interesting to stand upward at the sides , appreciate the thought too savor the bounding main breeze every bit the ferry brand its agency across to Gulangyu.
Welcome to beautiful 鼓浪屿 Gulangyu.
After exiting Sanquitian jetty , the showtime edifice nosotros saw was the onetime American Consulate. Today , the edifice houses artifacts from the onetime International Settlement here.
Following China's defeat in the First Opium War inward 1842 , thirteen countries , including USA , Great U.K. , French Republic , Kingdom of the Netherlands , Kingdom of Denmark , Nippon etc enjoyed extraterritorial rights inward Gulangyu. Gulangyu was chosen because of its mild subtropical climate too sandy beaches. They built consulates , churches , villas , schools etc. which yet point the lush greenery across the tiny island.
Gulangyu is thence similar a museum of international architecture from the Victorian Era , which helped earned it the coveted UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site status.
You tin tour Gulangyu past times taking a golf game buggy. There are no petrol vehicles on the isle every bit they desire to cash inward one's chips on the air gratuitous of pollution. Great thought , but in that location is yet dissonance pollution every bit the buggy drivers striking their horns a lot 😄 There are also no bicycles or mopeds on the island.
You could tour the isle on human foot - its but ii Km². It would receive got one-half a solar daytime of leisurely walking amongst photograph too residual stops - I dear the exercise. Walking the narrow alleyways too coming upward closed too personal amongst the buildings too old trees is the exclusively agency to really appreciate the wonders of Gulangyu. Every edifice too old tree receive got their ain fascinating story which may surprisingly connect amongst y'all personally.
This was really my 2d take in to Gulangyu - the showtime fourth dimension was inward 2005. For my showtime trip , nosotros toured the isle on golf game buggies. This fourth dimension , nosotros walked. The temperature was 20°C , which was but perfect for walking.
Thanks to our knowledgeable take away from Xiamen Airlines Travel , I got a lot to a greater extent than from this trip than the previous i 12 years ago. Though walking is to a greater extent than physically demanding , it is good worth the try , if y'all receive got the fourth dimension too are able to.
This the old jetty at Gulangyu. It was decreed past times the Qing Emperor to go the exclusively divergence signal from Southern PRC to Nanyang (Southeast Asia).
If your ancestors left PRC inward the belatedly 1800s / early on 1900s for Southeast Asia , they would receive got passed through this lilliputian jetty. My grandad did , later on leaving his hometown inward Sze Yup 四邑 , Guangdong.
The old Dutch Consulate.
The onetime Portuguese Consulate.
The old Japanese Consulate.
You know this identify is beautiful when too then many people braved the crowds too come upward hither to receive got the almost of import photos of their lifetime.
The stately sand coloured columns of the Union Church makes a dandy backdrop for couples making their solemn vows. (This edifice reminded me of Quincy Market inward Boston.)
The Notre Dame of Gulangyu.
To this solar daytime , the churches too cathedrals of Gulangyu yet comport volume too worship services.
I wonder if the Nineteenth Century owners of this grand villa would receive got dreamt that their old dwelling would go approbation couples inward the New Millennium.
A bride at Indonesian tycoon Liem Sioe Liong's old villa inward Gulangyu. The legendary Liem Sioe Liong hailed from Fujian province - it was stylish for good heeled , successful businessmen inward the pre-War era to learn assets on idyllic Gulangyu - it's similar the Sentosa Cove of Singapore today.... the playground of the rich too famous.
Many of the historic buildings inward Gulangyu characteristic a fusion of architectural styles. You volition honour some amongst Southeast Asian features similar high ceilings , large windows too broad verandas all to permit the bounding main breeze in.
While almost brides chose the Western white gown amongst flowing veil , this dyad opted for the traditional brilliant ruddy Chinese marriage costume.
A beautiful flowing ruddy gown.
Some of the in i lawsuit glorious , luxury villas are inward a slightly dilapidated state.
Others are re-purposed into retail shops too restaurants for tourists. Gulangyu hosts over 10 1000000 visitors every twelvemonth too growing.
Our take away took us through Shuzhuang Garden 菽庄花园 built inward 1913 past times Lin Erjia , a wealthy Taiwanese businessman. The garden features serene pools too pavilions , too sports a fantabulous expansive thought of the South PRC Sea. From the pavilion nosotros tin run into the gentle waves launder ashore onto the sandy beach patch visitors frolic at the sea's border but similar a century ago.
The audio of rhythmic lapping waves brand a music which perchance inspired the island's name 鼓浪屿 which translates "Island of the Drumming Waves".
Inside the grounds of Shuzhuang Garden is Gulangyu's famous Piano Museum.
The people of Gulangyu are passionate music lovers , specially the piano. Gulangyu is known every bit "The Island of Music" 音樂之島 and "The Home of Pianos" 鋼琴之鄉.
Pianos showtime came to Gulangyu amongst the International Settlement. Every church building , cathedral , schoolhouse too dwelling had a piano. The local population which were musically inclined presently aspired to receive got pianos inward their homes too. According to our take away Nico , Gulangyu which has a population of xx ,00 has to a greater extent than pianos than people. (Reminds me of New Zealand which has to a greater extent than sheep than people 😄 )
Piano enthusiasts volition honour Gulangyu's 200 pianoforte collection interesting every bit in that location are many rare too unique pieces. The pianos were the personal collection of Hu Youyi , a wealthy Gulangyu emigre.
Not surprisingly , Gulangyu is the dwelling town of many the world renowned musicians such every bit violinist Jing Yang too the pianist Xu Feiping who is i of Lang Lang's teachers.
There are lots of nutrient too gift shops on Gulangyu. Personally , I would store on Xiamen instead to avoid carrying bags of shopping on the crowded ferry.
👉 If y'all are visiting Xiamen , your trip volition go incomplete if your did non pass at to the lowest degree one-half a solar daytime inward beautiful too historic 鼓浪屿 Gulangyu 😄 It was i of the highlights of my Xiamen trip.
I travelled to Xiamen past times Xiamen Airlines.
✈ Xiamen Airlines MF874 departs Singapore for Xiamen at 8:55am everyday. Xiamen Airlines MF852 departs Singapore for Xiamen at 3:15pm everyday.
✈ Xiamen Airlines MF851 departs Xiamen for Singapore at 9:45am everyday. Xiamen Airlines MF873 departs Xiamen for Singapore at 5:40pm everyday.
Date visited: ii - five November 2017
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