Gulangyu, a small paradise out of the city

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Gulangyu is a small island sitting face to face with the island of Xiamen. It took us less than 10 minutes to get there from Xiamen by ship. But it is a totally different wolrd there on Gulangyu. It's such a small world, you have to walk from place to place. But it also has many different things to enjoy ---- beautiful gardens, golden sands, various westernized architectures, delicate cafes, fresh seafood and cheap but delicious tropical fruits...

Everyday we made our way through the labyrinth of narrow, twisting alleyways on the small island. Even though we had a map with us everywhere we went, it didn't help in most of the cases as we still got lost all the time. But it's a cool experience, since the island is small enough to allow us to find our way back before it gets dark and it's always exciting to explpore somewhere we didn't plan to visit.

It was so much fun just walking through the old buildings and resting in a cafe, sipping a nice coffee and sitting there all afternoon until the sun goes down again. One tip is to avoid going outside during 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. unless you wanna get all sweaty, hehe...

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