The 2015 Gulangyu Cup International Football Clubs Tournament, the much-anticipated annual football carnival on Gulangyu Island, is set to kick off at 8:45 a.m. on June 20 at the Gulangyu People's Stadium.
Jointly conceived and organized by What's on Xiamen (WOX) and the Xiamen International Football Club (XMIFC) in 2012, the 7-a-side football tournament is gaining burgeoning popularity with the support of the Gulangyu Sub-district Office, and this year it will see 16 football teams slug it out in the competitive event.
The Gulangyu People's Stadium, which was formerly known as Fan Zai Qiu Pu (番仔球埔), was built as a football pitch in late 19th century. It was used exclusively by foreign residents on the Gulangyu Island to play tennis, baseball and football before 1941.
The Fan Zai Qiu Pu was opened to the residents on the Gulangyu Island in 1941. It was renamed as the Gulangyu People's Stadium after reconstruction in October 1956.
How to get to Gulangyu Island
Xiamen put its new ticket fares for Xiamen-Gulangyu ferry rides into operation on September 1st, 2014, with the original 8 yuan ticket price for tourists being raised to 35 yuan for a round-trip ride.
After the adjustment, tourists will have to take the ferry to Gulangyu Island at Dongdu International Ferry Terminal, and only residents with valid documents such as ID cards or temporary residence permits can board the ferry at the Lundu Ferry Terminal.
The routes and ticket fares after the adjustment are as follows:
1) 24-hour special channel for residents in Xiamen (Lundu Ferry Terminal-Gulangyu Piano Wharf):
Ticket: 8 yuan/person
2) Dongdu International Ferry Terminal-Gulangyu Sanqiutian Wharf
Ticket: 35 yuan/person
Frequency: every 15 minutes
Business hours: 7am-6:30pm
Tourist can get to Gulangyu after 6:30pm by taking a ferry from the Lundu Ferry Terminal to the Gulangyu Sanqiutian Wharf, which operates one boat every half hour.
3) Dongdu International Ferry Terminal-Gulangyu Neicuoao Wharf
Ticket: 50 yuan/person
Frequency: every 20 to 30 minutes
Business Hours: 7:30am-6:30pm