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2 Days Best Nanjing Tulou Tour with Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster

Savor Top Earthen Buildings in Nanjing


Nanjing County close to Xiamen has totally 23 earthen buildings listed as UNESCO World Heritage including the world famed Tianluokeng, which makes Nanjing Tulou quite famous and gain the reputation as “mythical mountain building”. Also, without too much commercial development, Nanjing keeps more primitive UNESCO Fujian Tulou of Hakka people for your authentic savory! For most visitors, spending 2 days is more recommended to discover Nanjing in the best way! And this 2 days tour is specially designed to savor all the top Nanjing Tulou from Xiamen. So you can reach the core scenic area of Nanjing directly and easily with our private vehicle with the great company by our local guide and driver who are going to take you to have a personal visit to Tulou’s spokesmen - Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster in wonderful layout and watch various earthen buildings with distinct interesting designs, such as Yuchang Building, Hegui Building, etc. and share some good local stories of Hakka people!

Highlights of this tour

  • Have a classic overview of Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster for the wonder of “Four Dishes and a Soup”;
  • Enjoy a pleasant stroll at Taxia Village and walk by tens of various earthen buildings along the wandering stream to savor local Hakka people’s rural life;
  • Explore top amazing Nanjing earthen buildings, including be wowed by Yuchang Building - the “Zigzag Building”, make a personal test of the interesting “shaking” of Hegui Building and soak in the rich scholar culture of Huaiyuan Building;
  • Catch Hekeng Tulou Cluster’s fabulous full view of “Big Dipper” made by nature and human and walk in its oldest Tulou.

Basic Trip Information

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  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 / Nanjing / Xiamen
Travel Length:
2 Days and 1 Night
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Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Xiamen - Nanjing Tulou (L)

Good morning! On this day, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel or the airport/train station in the morning. And then, you will be escorted to see the earthen buildings (Tulou) in Nanjing County with a 3-hour scenic drive.

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 you to your hotel at Taxia Village and help you with the check-in procedure. Enjoy your overnight with rural Hakka Tulou surrounding!

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster Yuchanglou (Zigzag Building) Taxia Village
Day 2 Nanjing Tulou - Xiamen (B, L)

After breakfast today, your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel and then drive about 0.5 hour to visit Hegui Building and Huaiyuan Building at Yunshuiyao Scenic Area, both outstanding Tulou have been recorded into UNESCO’s World Heritage List!

Hegui Building built from 1732 and with 5 floors is the tallest square earthen building listed by UNESCO. It is also praised as a “Noah’s Ark on Marshland”, since it was constructed on a 3,000 meters wide marshland, however, stands still after over 200 years. Do not forget to stamp the cobblestone patio to feel its interesting vibration!

Huaiyuan Building is the best preserved and most delicate round earthen building with one circle within another. Marvel at its most conspicuous hall where to see three classrooms for the cultural education of descendants, antique carvings and designs with scholar vibes and a hanging plaque with three characters of “Si Shi Shi (斯是室)” indicating the owner’s pursuit of contributing to the country through learning!

Then, drive to Hekeng Tulou Cluster to visit Chaoshui Building since 1549, which is the oldest earthen building at Hekeng region. Also, it is one of the rare existing earthen buildings with stone-free wall foundation. Stroll in the Tulou to watch the worn-out surface, particularly old objects and the simple life of elders living in! Then, walk up to the peak of Lion Hill and catch the amazing panorama of Hekeng Tulou Cluster. With the unique layout, the 14 circular and square earthen buildings look like two “Big Dipper” lying at the special galaxy with emerald mountains, hovering mists, farming fields and floating stream, which can be called a wonderful miracle of nature and human efforts.

After the tour, transfer back to Xiamen. And your guide and driver will escort you to the airport/railway station to catch the flight or train to your next destination. Tour ends!

Heguilou Built on Marshland Huaiyuanlou Hekeng Tulou Cluster Full View

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