[ Amoy ] 重返不一樣的鼓浪嶼
We took the ferry from Haicang because we were staying there. From that wharf we arrived at the harbour on the west side of the Gulangyu island. There's much less people traveling from Haicang over so there's less of a wait. But the down side is during winter time the last boat leaves at 5:30pm.
輪渡的時間表可看 Ferry schedule: http://www.xmferry.com/hxjpj/yk/hx/21070.htm
Because year end was crazy and I left the office without downloading the map of the island and didn't research much into the island. So we could only rely on the road signs and maps on the street.
Most of the main attractions and buildings are on the east end so it was a bit of a walk from west to east (approx 25-30some minutes). But along the way you get to see different things as well. Alternatively you could take the electric buggy car that stops at certain stops.
Everywhere on the island you'd see a lot of these smal or large mansions built in the European style. Without those clothes or towels hanging on the buildings, you'd probably think you're in Europe or some other exotic place.
One of the must-go places is the Shuzhuang Garden. It was owned by a famous merchant from Taiwan. The building and layout of the garden was a smaller version of what the merchant built in Banqiao, Taiwan.
Inside the garden also houses the famous Gulangyu Piano Museum. From the garden uphill to the museum, you could see the famous "rock" of the island.
Some of the deatils on the buildings are just unbelievably elegant and an interesting mix of the East & the West. These are the remains of what used to be an island occupied people of the upper class.
Some of the mansions have been converted into larger hotels. This mansion belonged to a wealthy Taiwanese merchant that built the Shuzhuang Garden. Because the family moved back to Taiwan in late 1940s the mansion fell into disrepair. Then it was revived when it was converted into a hotel.
There are places where you could make pottery pieces.
13 countries set up consulates in Gulangyu. Some of these buildings have been converted into other functions. Others have been left to fall into ruins, such as this site that used to be the Japanese consulate.
Maybe the gates of this old consulate is normally locked. On the building there's a sign that says it's dangerous to walk into this buidling because it hasn't been maintained. You could also see lots of newly weds doing pre-wedding photos here (in general everywhere on this isalnd).
Just looking at this photo you may think you're in London or some place in Europe.
Another huge mansion. Some of these mansions are so large that you can't imagine who used to live in these.
The part of the town. 10 years ago there was not much here and things were pretty run-down. The stores were those dirty and messy ones selling dried seafood or live seafood kinds of things. Now there's quite a lot of modern and chic stores here.
In the busy part of the "city", still lots of interesting buildings.
Now this place is super busy with lots of interesting stores.
There seems to be quite a few stores named Zhang Sanfeng. Didn't try this time.
& Places where you could try some local snacks.
We had to rush back to the west side of the island. The road map on the island is like a maze but it'll eventually lead us to where we needed to go. At one time we also walked through this tunnel. So much to explore on this island. Should really consider staying overnight on this island once to see what it's like past the normal hours.
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