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Lāohǎi Wù

It feels like you’re cutting through an elegant alley on the way to somewhere else, but stop at the wooden benches for incredible noodle, fish and duck dishes at this friendly indoor-outdoor restaurant loved by...

Park in Gulang Yu

Sunlight Rock Park

Sunlight Rock (Rìguāng Yán), in Sunlight Rock Park, is the island’s highest point at 93m and its biggest draw are the views across the island. At the foot of Sunlight Rock is a large colonial-era building known...

Gardens in Gulang Yu

Shuzhuang Garden

The waterfront Shuzhuang Garden on the southern end of the island is a lovely place to linger for a few hours. It has a small pénzāi (bonsai) garden, some delicate-looking pavilions and a rock garden with the 12...

Modern European in Gulang Yu

Black Cat Dining Room

A former 1920s dance hall for sailors and diplomats, the Black Cat is now an antiques-filled multi-room restaurant with lots of intimate dining options. The menu swings to its own sweet rhythm between Chinese and...

Cafe in Gulang Yu

Chu Family Coffee

A little delight is found in this garden cafe where cats roam and an award-winning barista brews his magic. The Western desserts don’t skimp on the cream and sweet Earl Grey milk tea is a non-coffee speciality....

Historic Building in Gulang Yu

Guāncǎi Lóu

This residence built in 1931 has a magnificently dilapidated interior with a wealth of original features. Unfortunately it has remained closed to the public in recent years, but the facade can still be enjoyed.

Church in Gulang Yu

Ecclesia Catholica

A magnificent snow-white Gothic-style church built in 1917. Today's its facade is the most popular place on the island for wedding photos and you're sure to spot at least a few posing couples.

Cafe in Gulang Yu

Babycat Café

The sweet Amoy pies are the attraction at Babycat, a dimly lit cafe with wood furniture and feline touches. Go for the red bean or pistachio flavour.

Gardens in Gulang Yu

Haoyue Garden

The main feature at this rocky outcrop is an imposing 15.7m statue of Koxinga (aka Zheng Chenggong) in full military dress, visible from a great distance outside the park, even across the water from Xiamen....

Museum in Gulang Yu

Organ Museum

Housed in the highly distinctive Bāguà Lóu (八卦楼) building is the Organ Museum, with a fantastic collection including a Norman & Beard organ from 1909. The octagonal-domed building is lit up at night and...

Cafe in Gulang Yu

Slowly Cafe

In a regal old European villa is one of the old breed of cafes on the island, specialising in flavoured coffee varieties like honey and orange. Service is faster than the name suggests.

Seafood in Gulang Yu

Líjì Mùdān Fishball

The stakes are high on Longtou Lu, and the staff at Líjì Mùdān will shout you into a plastic seat for some of that fishball goodness in soup or on a skewer.

Historic Building in Gulang Yu

Consulate Inn

A three-storey Victorian-style building, formerly the British Consulate and currently running as a hotel, with a cafe on the 1st floor.

Architecture in Gulang Yu

Octagonal Villa

This is the former family residence of Mr Lin, a prominent Taiwanese tycoon who lived here in the late 19th century.

Museum in Gulang Yu

Koxinga Memorial Hall

Commemorates the life of the charismatic military man who defeated the Dutch East Indies Company in the 17th century. Seven galleries depict Kongxinga from childhood to his transformation as a Taiwanese folk hero...

Museum in Gulang Yu

Huang Rongyuan Mansion

A marvellous pillared building that was once the home of wealthy Filipino merchants, but now houses the China Records Museum, with a small collection of vinyl records and gramophones in glass cabinets with...

Church in Gulang Yu

Sanyi Church

A red-brick protestant church built in 1934 with a classical portico and cruciform-shaped interior on the corner of Anhai Lu (安海路) and Yongchun Lu (永春路). It's a popular wedding-photo spot.

Historic Building in Gulang Yu

Former Japanese Consulate

A handsome red-brick building located to the southwest of Gulang Yu. It now houses local university teachers so there is no public entry.

Historic Building in Gulang Yu

Former Law Court

This handsome former court of law is now inhabited by local residents. No public entry.