Gang Zai Hou Beach (Gang Zai Hou Sha Tan 港仔后沙滩)

This is the biggest and most popular beach on Kulangsu. It was once a popular spot for outdoor concerts. Stand in the middle of Gang Zai Hou’s golden sands, and you’ll be surrounded on all sides by wonders. To your left, lies a thicket of bearded coconut palms, the graceful green-roofed pagodas of the Shu Zhuang Garden[link] and Piano Museum[link], the triumphant red Marine Garden Hotel[link] on the hill above, and beyond that, the steel gray sails of Xiamen’s Shi Mao towers across the strait.

To your right sits a string of pleasant restaurants, cafés, bars, and simple inns. Everywhere there are street vendors selling fresh coconuts and mango juice. Behind you, facing the beach, above a canopy of palm trees, looms one of the most magnificent views of Sunlight Rock. Gang Zai Hou is often crowded, but for good reason: for many visitors it is Kulangsu’s most iconic image, everything the island wrapped up into one unforgettable landscape.

Address: Gangzaihou Road, Gulangyu Island, Siming District, Xiamen City, China