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Sunlight Rock

Sunlight Rock is a famous scenic spot located on the southern tip of Gulangyu Island, in Xiamen. As the highest point on the island, it offers breathtaking views of the sea and the surrounding landscape. Sunlight Rock is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the world.

  • Location: No.1 Sunlight Rock Road, Xiamen, Fujian Province, China
  • Opening time: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm (Monday – Sunday)
  • Ticket price: CNY 60 for adults, CNY 30 for children
  • Time Needed: 2-3 hours
  • Best time to visit: all year round
  • Suited to: Nature lovers, hikers, families
Gulangyu Island Sunlight Rock
Sunlight Rock

What to See and Do in Sunlight Rock

Visitors to Sunlight Rock can enjoy a variety of activities, including climbing to the top of the rock to take in the stunning views, exploring the beautiful gardens, and visiting historic buildings and temples. Here are some of the top attractions to see and things to do in Sunlight Rock:

Sunlight Rock:

Climb to the top of this rocky outcrop to enjoy panoramic views of the island and the sea.

Zheng Chenggong Memorial Hall: Learn about the life of this famous Chinese military leader and his contributions to the island’s history.

Shuzhuang Garden:

Take a stroll through this beautiful garden, which features a variety of plants and flowers, as well as a lake and a pavilion.

Shuzhuang Garden in Xiamen
Shuzhuang Garden

Haoyue Park:

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the coastline and take in the stunning views of the sea and the surrounding landscape.

Xiamen Underwater World:

Explore the fascinating world of marine life and see a variety of sea creatures up close.


Best Time to Visit Sunlight Rock

Gulangyu Island is an ideal destination to visit throughout the year, with flowers and trees blooming all year round. However, the best seasons to visit are spring and autumn when the weather is mild, and the flora is in full bloom. If you prefer a quieter and less crowded tour, the off-tourist season is during winter. So, visitors can opt for a winter visit to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the island without the crowds.


Attractions nearby Sunlight Rock

There are several other attractions located near Sunlight Rock, including:

  • Gulangyu Island: Take a ferry to this beautiful island, which is known for its colonial architecture, museums, and beaches.
  • Hulishan Fortress: Visit this historic fortress, which dates back to the late 19th century and features a variety of cannons and other artillery.
  • Xiamen University: Explore this beautiful campus, which is known for its traditional Chinese architecture and picturesque scenery.


Getting to Sunlight Rock

Travelers can easily access Gulangyu Island by taking a ferry from Xiamen Island, which takes approximately 5 minutes1. Sunlight Rock, one of the island’s top attractions, is situated in the south-central region of Gulangyu Island.

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