The ride to Gulang Yu is free but the return to Xiamen costs 8 Reminbi.
Our personal tour guide - we were blessed to have Mr. Chen Peng - he grew up on Gulang Yu Island and certainly is well-versed in the history of this island.
Mr. Chen Peng in front of his house. His father, a famous medical doctor on the island, built this as a hospital and personal residence in the late 1920s.
Mr. Chen Peng related many of his childhood adventures. Where as a kid, he dived off the top of this gazebo-during high tide of course.
I am sure neither Mr. Chen Peng nor David would want to dive off from the top of the shelter on the left in low tide...
Sunlight Rock - highest peak on Gulang Yu. There are no cars or busses allowed on the island. Access to Gulang Yu is via a 10 minute ferry ride from Xiamen.
Panoramic view from the top of Gulang Yu.
Sidewalk on Gulang Yu Island - Xiamen skyline in the background - incidentally, Xiamen is also an island, connected to mainland China via 4 bridges.
Underwater World Xiamen.
Deep fried calamari anyone?
Church for the inhabitants of Gulang Yu.
Massive rock formation on Gulang Yu.
Like celebrities - both Hannah and David are often asked for pictures....
Sculpture of Zheng Chenggong on Gulang Yu Island. This 1400 ton, 15.7 meter/52 foot statue is built to last. It can withstand Category 12 typhoons and is earthquake-proofed to Richter 8!
On the foot of Zheng Chenggong - tired and worn out after a long day at Gulang Yu.