A brief 10 minute ferry ride from the waterfront is the quaint and picturesque island of Gulang Yu or Piano Island. Designed and built by Xiamen's foreign community in the 1890's, Gulang Yu is a wonderful way to pass the day. Exploring the narrow lanes and admiring the colonial homes of yesteryear, it is easy to imagine the era of times gone by. At one time, home to the Western elite, at its height Gulang Yu produced its own English daily newspaper to cater for those privileged few. Gulang Yu retains its ambience and provides a visit to the past in contrast to the modernity found throughout China's eastern seaboard.
Returning to Xiamen, and a seafood lover's delight. As a coastal city, fresh produce is mandatory and the locals will tell you that the Oysters and Shrimps are the best you will find anywhere. Don't forget to also try the Peanut soup, a delicious regional specialty