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4 Days Classic Xiamen Nanjing Tulou Tour with Fuzhou Highlights

Visit Ideal Xiamen, Sacred Nanjing Tulou & the Capital Fuzhou in One Go

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Miles of golden beaches, a year-around pleasant weather that money can’t buy & tons of history and World Heritages - Fujian packs in plenty of fun for sunbathing without the shortage of cultural explorations. Where to go in Fujian to get the best vacation feel and explore its most intense historical background in a short journey? Certainly the world-renowned Xiamen and Nanjing Tulou are the must-visits, and the capital Fuzhou is also not to be missed.

This 4 Days Classic Xiamen & Nanjing Tulou Tour with Fuzhou Highlights will take you to visit the ideal island vacation destination - Xiamen, the hottest tourist region of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Fujian Tulou - Nanjing and the bustling capital - Fuzhou in one Go! All are included in the short 4 Days, from romantic islands to unique Hakka buildings and culture, well-preserved historical blocks, soulful Buddhist monasteries, ancient residences of famous Chinese historical celebrities, beautiful gardens and so on!

Highlights of this tour

  • Bath in the sun at the golden beaches and picturesque gardens and wander in interesting musical instrument museums and historical colonial styled architectures of various styles, periods, and cultures in Gulangyu Island;
  • Trace back to China’s modern history while strolling around the lanes, alleys and ancient residences of many famous Chinese historical celebrities at Sanfang Qixiang in Fuzhou;
  • Take a valuable private car tour from Xiamen to get close to the ancient and unique Hakka dwellings in Nanjing, where some of the most standout members of Fujian Tulou, the sacred cluster of World Cultural Heritages, are located;
  • Visit the “Crown of Buddhist Temple in Fujian” - Yongquan Temple, and enjoy a one-hour hiking down the Drum Mountain Scenic Area along the ancient trails with not only lush and primitive forest covered but also interesting folk legends engraved on the rocks and caves along the sides.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
from request
  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Xiamen / Fujian Tulou / Fuzhou
Travel Length:
4 Days and 3 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-XTFT-04
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulturePhotographReligious
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Xiamen Arrival & Xiamen (B, L)

Welcome to Xiamen, the Garden City on the Coast! Your local guide and driver will meet you at the arrival hall of Xiamen airport or railway stations and then escort you to Xiamen downtown for sightseeing.

First, take a 20-minutes’ ferry to Gulangyu Island from Xiamen downtown. It is the No.1 attraction in Xiamen and also a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage with dozens of precious historical architectures built by people from the UK, Italy, France, Spain, Japan, etc. during the Second Opium War, thus, this little island of 1.88 s.q.m wide is regarded as “International Architecture Museum” with relic sites of 13 embassies from 18th-19th centuries. Roam along the old alleys to appreciate those left sites of churches, mansions, villas, banks and museums telling the historical stories of Gulangyu. Walk up to the most famous Sunlight Rock and catch the wonderful panorama of the large group of red and pink Western styled architectures with dotted emerald trees. Then, go to discover the must-see Shuzhuang Garden that is the classic model of traditional Chinese garden on the sea. Take a leisure stroll amongst the twisty corridors, ancient halls with flying eaves and blue tiles, delicate pavilions, poetic gardens and ponds, etc. facing the shimmering sea and feel its traditional Chinese literal beauty contrasting to the western charm surrounding. Step into the outstanding Piano Museum which boasts an awesome collection of nearly 100 precious old pianos from all over the world for your worthy musical inspiration. Enjoy your architectural savory and then take the ferry back to Xiamen downtown.

After the visiting, your guide and driver will escort you to your hotel in Xiamen. Have a good rest!

Evening Idea: Take a leisure walk at Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street of 1,198 meters long, which was from 1925 and the past CBD in Xiamen during the Republic of China period. Now, it is still the most famous and prosperous commercial street in Xiamen. Stroll along to appreciate abundant well-preserved beautiful old arcade buildings in Chinese, Western and South Asian styles with delicate carvings and the street charm with rich South Fujian flavor. You can find some local popular food for a good try!

Arrival Ideals: Xiamen has frequent daily flights from Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Xian, Kunming, etc. Besides, you can take a bullet train from Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Guilin, Fuzhou, Huangshan, and so on.

Gulangyu Island Sightseeing from Sunlight Rock Shuzhuang Garden
Day 2 Xiamen - Nanjing Tulou - Xiamen (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will meet at your hotels and then escort you to see the earthen buildings (Tulou) in Nanjing County with a 3-hour scenic drive. Nanjing Tulou is a key part of Fujian Tulou that are the traditional dwelling houses of Chinese Hakka people with round, square or rectangular appearance for living in family groups and have been listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 2008.

First, walk up to the viewing platform to have a bird’s eye view of the must-see Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster from the best angle, which is the most famous earthen building cluster known as “Four Dishes and a Soup” with 3 round, 1 oval and 1 rectangular well preserved earthen building looking really like a set of meal on the natural tablecloth of the lush mountain an graceful rice terraces surrounding.

Next, go to discover Yuchang Building that was built during 1308-1338. It is the present oldest Tulou and the largest and highest round Tulou with highest floor height in Nanjing region. Also, it is famous as “Zigzag Building” because it looks about to totter with a maximum inclination of 15 degrees due to weather beats and earthquakes, however, it stands quite still till nowadays. Walk into this Tulou and closely look at the zigzag wooden pillars which have well supported such huge building for over 600 years.

Then, visit Taxia Village. With an “S” shaped stream floating across the entire village, two earthen buildings located just right on the two curves, and multiple big and small Tulou built along the banks, this village is reputed as a “Water Town of Taichi” with rich Tulou flavor. You will not miss Yude Building known as “Apron Building”, Deyuan Hall with outstanding sculptures of birds, beasts and flowers and also the 24 Hakka stone flagpoles beside the semilunar pond.

After the visiting, your guide and driver will escort your back to your hotel in Xiamen. Have a good sleep!

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster Yuchanglou (Zigzag Building) Chengqilou Interior Design
Day 3 Xiamen & Bullet Train to Fuzhou (B, L)

Good morning! Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotels and then take you to have a classic discovery of the refreshing Xiamen City.

First, head to Huandao Road, which is the main track of Xiamen International Marathon belting Xiamen Island. This beautiful “golden coastal line” built along the sea is praised as “Five Colors Road’ with the blue sea, golden beaches, green grassland, red track and gray highway! Take a relaxing scenic walk on the wooden plank paths to savor the pleasant seascape and palm grove, walk by various interesting sculptures, enjoy sunshine at a quiet soft beach, inhale the little salty sea breeze and feel the strong ideal island charm of Xiamen City. (Optional Activity: If you want to bike along Huangdao Road to discover more beautiful places scattered along, please tell your guide, which needs extra charge.)

Next, go to visit Nanputuo Temple (South Putuo Temple) of more than 1,000 years old. Enter the temple to admire a grand cluster of Buddhist halls with flying eaves and yellow tiles standing layer by layer under century-old trees and against the emerald mountain and pray in front of the holy Buddhas. Meanwhile, immerse into the peaceful atmosphere with locals taking a break around the large lotus pond, traditional Chinese pavilions, corridors, etc. Later, walk about 20 minutes up to Wulao Peak to have a terrific bird’s eye view of the beautiful Xiamen University, Xiamen Port and the nearby islets on the blue sea!

After the tour, your guide and driver will escort you to Xiamen train station to catch your 1.5~2.5 hours’ train to Fuzhou. Upon arrival, your guide will pick you up at the Fuzhou train station, and then escort you to The Ancestral Hall and Museum of Lin Zexu. Lin Zexu is a national hero in China who famously suppressed the importation of opium and sparked the First Opium War that started the first page of Chinese modern history. Here, you will find a huge sculpted relief recreating his world-famous movement of destroying over 1,1,50,000 kg of opium publicly. Besides, there are plenty of valuable exhibitions of him, like his handwritten couplets, manuscripts and notes, for you to know his entire life and what China was like when he lived.

Next, you will visit Sanfang Qixiang that is only 200 meters or so from The Ancestral Hall and Museum of Lin Zexu. Sanfang Qixiang, which is translated to Three Lanes and Seven Alleys in English, is the best-kept and most prosperous historical blocks in Fuzhou. It enjoys the reputations like “Top 10 Famous Historical and Cultural Streets in China”, “The Beverly Hills of Imperial China”, “Museum of Chinese Architecture of Ming and Qing Dynasties”, etc. You will stroll around these famous lanes and alleys in between over 270 ancient dwelling built in Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368~1912) there to feel Fuzhou’s prosperity in both ancient and modern times. Besides, you can try different kinds of Fuzhou snacks there. (If you want to stay more time at Sanfang Qixiang for dinner and relaxing, please let your guide know)

After that, your driver will escort you to your hotel for accommodation. Have a good rest!

South Putuo Temple Buddhist Architecture Xiamen University View from Wulao Peak Ancient Lane of Sanfang Qixiang The Ancestral Hall and Museum of Lin Zexu
Day 4 Fuzhou Tour & Departure (B, L)

In the morning, drive about 1 hour to Drum Mountain Scenic Area (Gushan). After arrival, you will ride a cable car up the mountain (about 20 minutes) to Yongquan Temple, which is an ancient temple with a long history of over 1,300 years and is praised as the Crown of Buddhist Temples in Fujian. Roam among the intricate temple complex with altogether 25 halls in large and small to find its origin and learn its important position in Buddhist circles in Fujian and even China! Then, it is followed by a leisure hiking experience getting down the Drum Mountain, which will take about 1 hour. On your way hiking down the mountain, you will be hugged by lush trees and learn interesting folk legends caved on the rocks from your guide.

Next, drive about 15 minutes to West Lake Park, the former imperial garden of the King of ancient Fujian. Known as the "Pearl of Fujian Garden", West Lake Park with a long history of over 1,700 years is the best classical garden in Fuzhou and even Fujian. Stroll around the tranquil lake, elegant pavilion, ancient temple and bridges. Feast your eyes on the mirror-like lake view surrounded by poetic weeping willow.

After the tour, your guide and driver will escort you to the airport / train station to catch the flight (better after 17:00) / train (better after 15:00) to your next destination or home. Service ends!

Travel Idea: If your time allows, you can walk through the corridor to Zuohai Park before heading to the airport/train station. Zuohai Park is another famous park in Fuzhou that closely connected with West Lake Park. Fujian Provincial Museum is also settled in between the two parks, where you can learn more history of Fuzhou and the whole Fujian Province.

Departure Idea: Fuzhou Changle International Airport offers frequent flights to overseas cities like Singapore, New York, Tokyo, Bangkok and Paris ad Domestic cities like Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, Harbin, etc. Besides, you can ride bullet trains from Fuzhou to Xiamen (1.5~4.5 hrs.), Shanghai (4~7 hrs.), Shenzhen (5~5.5 hrs.), Guangzhou (6 hrs.), Huangshan (2.5 hrs.), Guilin (8 hrs.), Beijing (8~11 hrs.), Xian (9.5~10 hrs.), Wuyishan (1~1.5 hrs.), Xiapu (1~2 hrs.), etc.

West Lake Park - Once the Imperial Park of Ancient Fujian Yongquan Temple - The Largest Buddhist Temple in Fujian Museum of Chinese Ship Administration Culture

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