Gulangyu, the largest island around Xiamen City, is named Gulangyu because there is a reef more than two meters high with caves on the beach in the southwest of the island. Every time the tide surges and the waves hit the reef, it sounds like a drum rolling, so it is called "Gulangyu".
Gulangyu is situated in the southwest of Xiamen Peninsula. It is separated from Xiamen Island by sea (N24 degrees 26'55.25 degrees north latitude and E 118 degrees 03'43.55 degrees east longitude). Gulangyu Island is 1.1 miles long and 0.72 miles wide, covering an area of only 1.91 square kilometers. The rock in the south-central part of the island is the highest, with an elevation of 302 feet.
Due to historical reasons, Gulangyu was once colonized and influenced by foreign cultures. Up to now, more than 1000 buildings with different styles at home and abroad have been well preserved on this "bullet island" and influenced by Western church music, so that people on the island love music. Family concerts are often held on holidays and festivals. Some grandparents and grandchildren perform together for three generations, which makes the family, group and society full of music atmosphere. Gulangyu musicians have come out in large numbers, and pianists Yin Chengzong, Xu Feixing, Xu Feiping and Xu Xingai are well-known in the world of music.
Today, there are about 20,000 residents in Gulangyu. The streets of Langyu are short, crisscrossing, clean and quiet, the air is fresh, the trees are green and the flowers are beautiful. Especially, the red tiles of the small building are matched by the green trees. The main tourist attractions on the island include Sunshine Rock, Yuanzhuang Garden, Haoyue Garden, the underwater world, Yuyuan Garden. Ring Island Road, Gulangshi, Natural Beach Bath, etc.