Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Drum Waves Island

And so, during one of the weekends I visited ..........

"Gu Lang Yu " !

The Chinese name "gu lang" means drum waves so-called because of the sound generated by the ocean waves hitting the reefs.

This is a small island connected to the main Xiamen Island by a short ferry ride (about 15 minutes). The ferry comes quite frequently but you will need to squeeze yourself at a pretty small waiting area for the ferry as there is many ppl waiting for it at all times!

As a place of residence for Westerners during Xiamen's colonial past, Gulangyu is famous for its architecture and for hosting China's only piano museum, giving it the nickname of "Piano Island".
(huh.. but but, how come I didn't visit the museum?) We paid RMB100 or something to enter a few museums but I don't remember visiting a Piano Museum ! Why our guide didn't remind us?? %^$$#! Huh..... I'll post his face later on below... the person that didn't bring me to Piano Museum!! :( :(

At least several hundred families still live on the island and make a living out of tourism. As Xiamen was also a foreign trading post (albeit a smaller one compared to Shanghai) after the foreigners forced open China’s doors after the Opium war, many European styled buildings and former embassy buildings still stand on the island.

Btw, the island is a pedestrian only destination, commuting within the island is mostly only by foot. The locals, of course have bicycles. But I saw this ......

Hmm... isn't that a vehicle in the island???
* but I guess a mini ambulance should be given the exception* wink!

So, we walked around the island, nothing much to do except seeing the old embassy buildings. Other than that, there's quite a few shops selling souveniors targeting the tourists. Nothing spectacular though.

* Tea house *

* Church bulding *

* Many people by the beach in the island. This is a man made beach where the sand is imported all the way from Hawaii, according to the locals *

And finally, mua...

P/s: I am still learning on posting up pics and the allignments of the posts, so ya, that's why it's a bit messy.

Anybody know how to lock certain posts in blogger? can teach me plzzzzz...

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