Three places you must see in Xiamen’s Gulangyu Island

Visit these three places to make the most of a day trip to Gulangyu (Kulangsu) island, Xiamen’s pedestrian-only Unesco World Heritage site

Sunlight Rock

Sunlight Rock

Recognized as the highest point of Gulangyu, Sunlight Rock — named after a sun-shaped formation in the granite structure — is the perfect vantage point for panoramic views of the Unesco World Heritage site. Tip: visit at sunset to watch a golden amber glow engulf the island.

Shuzhuang Garden

Once a private villa, this beautifully landscaped seaside abode offers a different way to get back to nature. Check out the 12 little grottos inspired by the animals of the Chinese zodiac. The property is also home to a unique piano museum — admire a collection of 30 old and prized pianos.

Longtou Road

The street is home to stalls selling locally produced snacks — the best kind of fuel for walking across the island. Munch on rou fu gan (pork or beef jerky), tu sun dong (peanut worm jelly) and xian bing (meat pie). Spot the street easily by the queues snaking out from the food outlets.

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Yixuan Fan

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