covid-19 latest news, useful prevention advice

[Important] Travel News for Expats: China travel is reopening! Travel with China Discovery and learn about where to visit & requirements for each destination! Read Details >

You are here: Home » Fujian Tours  » Fujian Tulou Tours » 5 Days Xiamen & Hakka Tulou Leisure & Luxury Tour with Tsingpu Tulou Retreat

5 Days Xiamen & Hakka Tulou Leisure & Luxury Tour with Tulou Retreat

Worry-free Leisure Xiamen & Tulou Trip with Superior Tsingpu Tulou Retreat

How to spend a leisure and luxury holiday in Xiamen? Why not get away to the refreshing sunny coastal Gulangyu Island and idyllic Tulou villages? World Cultural Heritage Site - Gulangyu is quite favored for a laid-back releasing. While Fujian Tulou 3 hours’ driving away from Xiamen downtown is particularly popular for international visitors to admire the amazing round and square earthen buildings with interesting Hakka people’s history and culture.

This 5 day Xiamen and Fujian Tulou tour combines the best highlights in Xiamen including Gulangyu together with the top best Tulou clusters such as Tianluokeng, Zhenchenglou, etc. in Yongding and Nanjing in a comfortable slow pace. What’s more, it specially covers 2 nights staying at luxurious Tsingpu Tulou Retreat which is refurbished from 5 authentic Tulou of over 100 years old, with prize-winning design, exquisite luxurious rooms, delicate food and beverages, fun Hakka activities, etc.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-XFTT-05
  • Price : Request
  • Theme : Vacation / Culture / Nature
  • Physical Demands :

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Take a leisure and scenic stroll at Gulangyu Island to admire over 50 international historical architectures listed as UNESCO World heritage;
  • Appreciate the most famous Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster to see the amazing layout of “Four Dishes and a Soup” from the best position;
  • Walk into various earthen buildings including Zhenchenglou with Western interior, Kuijulou with palatial structure, Heguilou built on marshland, Jiqinglou as the oldest in Yongding, etc.
  • Enjoy two ultimate relaxing night stays, delicate food and drinks, interesting Hakka cultural activity at high-end Tsingpu Tulou Retreat refurbished from authentic century-old earthen building at peaceful Taxia Village;
  • Hike on the emerald mountain to catch the panorama of the “most beautiful Tulou cluster” at Chuxi;
  • Ultimate worry-free trip with professional local English-speaking guide and comfortable non-smoke private vehicle driven by experienced local driver.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
Expand all

Day 1 Xiamen Arrival

Airport / railway station pick up

Welcome to Xiamen, the Garden City on the Sea! Your local guide and driver will meet you at the arrival hall of Xiamen airport or railway stations and then escort you to your hotel at Xiamen downtown and help you with the check-in. The rest of today is on your own to explore this beautiful city.

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.

Evening Idea: take a leisure walk at Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street where you’ll appreciate lots of beautiful old arcade buildings in Chinese, Western and South Asian styles and also some local popular food for a good try!

  • Welcome to Xiamen Welcome to Xiamen

Day 2 Xiamen (B, L)

Huandao Road, Nanputuo Temple, Gulangyu Island

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!

Then, 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!

  • Huandao Road Huandao Road
  • Nanputuo Temple Panorama Nanputuo Temple Panorama
  • Xiamen University View from Wulao Peak Xiamen University View from Wulao Peak
  • Gulangyu Island Gulangyu Island
  • Sightseeing from Sunlight Rock Sightseeing from Sunlight Rock

Day 3 Xiamen - Nanjing Tulou (B, L, D)

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, Yuchang Building, Taxia Village, Hakka Activity at Tsingpu Tulou Retreat

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. Fujian Tulou 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. And Nanjing Tulou is a key part of Fujian Tulou heritage site and keeps the famous and more primitive earthen building to discovery.

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 that, walk to Tsingpu Tulou Retreat to enjoy featured Hakka activity arranged according to the Tsingpu’s schedule. (Usually there are cooking class, Tulou model painting, Hakka orange tea making, Hakka liquor making, glutinous rice cake making, bamboo weaving, colored drawing on ceramics, etc. in the afternoon, which lasts for about 1.5-3 hours based on the different activities.) Learn some Hakka culture during the fun time there!

Enjoy your dinner and accommodate at Tsingpu Tulou Retreat. It is a luxury boutique hotel refurbished from 5 century-old Tulou covering 3,700 s.q.m. and joined as a member of the international Design Hotels alliance. This retreat has 22 two bedroom suites and is finely designed with green killas and warm solid wood in classic Chinese antique charm and modern luxury. All rooms with cozy linens and advanced equipment give you the best holiday mood at the real Tulou village. Also, public courtyard, exhibition space, yoga hall, children’s playground, abundant well displayed artworks, etc. are all nice for vacation releasing and aesthetic pleasure. (The hotel rates differ by room types and date. Please let us know which type of room you'd like to stay so that we can book in advance as the rooms sell out very quickly especially during peak season)

  • Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster
  • Yuchanglou (Zigzag Building) Yuchanglou (Zigzag Building)
  • Taxia Village Taxia Village
  • Tsingpu Tulou Retreat Courtyard Tsingpu Tulou Retreat Courtyard
  • Cosy Advanced Room of Tsingpu Tulou Retreat Cosy Advanced Room of Tsingpu Tulou Retreat
  • Making Hakka Orange Tea at Tsingpu Tulou Retreat Making Hakka Orange Tea at Tsingpu Tulou Retreat

Day 4 Nanjing Tulou (B, L, D)

Hegui Building, Huaiyuan Building, Hekeng Tulou Cluster

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 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 of surrounding emerald mountains, hovering mists, pieces of farming fields and clear floating stream, which is really a wonderful miracle of nature and human efforts.

After the visiting, you will be escorted back to Tsingpu Tulou Retreat. Enjoy your dinner and have a good rest!

  • Heguilou Built on Marshland Heguilou Built on Marshland
  • Huaiyuanlou Huaiyuanlou
  • Hekeng Tulou Cluster Full View Hekeng Tulou Cluster Full View

Day 5 Nanjing Tulou - Yongding Tulou - Xiamen Departure (B, L)

Hongkeng Tulou Cluster, Chuxi Tulou Cluster, Flights or Trains off Xiamen

After breakfast today, you will be escorted to Hongkeng Tulou Cluster and visit Zhencheng Building from 1912 that is praised as “Prince of Tulou” and famous for its splendid design and exquisite interiors according to China’s traditional culture of Bagua. Have a close look at its most conspicuous hall, which is two floors high and has 4 circular granite columns in western features, making the Tulou with Chinese Hakka exterior and special western interior decoration. And walk to see Kuiju Building from 1834. This special palatial square Tulou constructed for 5 years is unique among all Fujian Tulou and looks like the style of Potala Palace from afar. Walk around to appreciate its diverse fancy carvings, paintings, sculptures and more awesome artistic colorful decoration on every corner.<

Then, drive to Chuxi Tulou Cluster that is reputed as “most beautiful Tulou cluster in China” an also the most concentrate, ancient, complete and famous Tulou cluster. Walk by the stream to visit Jiqing Building. Constructed in 1419, this Tulou is the oldest and most special circular construction in Yongding, with 72 stairs separating the building into 72 independent units. Walk upstairs to the museum to look at those old object for living and entertainment for Hakka people in the past and displays of their history, culture and art. Then, take a short hike on the north mountain and have a full view of Chuxi Tulou Cluster. Immerse into the fabulous traditional Hakka rural landscape with the most eye-catching three circular and one square Tulou, the youngest Tulou with distinct white wall and other tens of various round, square, rectangular, oval, octagonal shaped Tulou scattered on the lush rice terraces slop mountain. (Optional experience: in Autumn season, you can choose to catch the rare chance to pick up local fruits and even try the primitive farm work.)

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!

  • Zhenchenglou (Prince of Tulou) Zhenchenglou (Prince of Tulou)
  • Chuxi Tulou Cluster Chuxi Tulou Cluster
  • Jiqinglou Interior Jiqinglou Interior

Recommended Add-on Options

The quotation for this trip is from Request Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2022.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.65. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Two nights' stay at Tsingpu Tulou Retreat listed in the itinerary;
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Domestic flights (economy class) and high-speed trains (second class) as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed( “B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

Check What our Customers Say...

Hello Johnson,

Thanks for asking. Overall it was a very nice experience. And Jerry did a fine job. It’s nice to be taken care of someone who is enthusiastic about showing strangers around in his country.

Well I don’t know if he is but we learned a lot from him.

Later more, when I have more time, we may want to do another mountain tour somewhere else later on

Rene - 2021.01.28‚ Germany, January 28, 2021

Me and my Wife (both of us living in Shanghai) wanted to get away from the city during Christmas, but due to Covid-19, options was limited. After talking to Johnson on China discovery, we had booked a fantastic 10 days trip through the yellow mountains and Guilin.

Johnson was fantastic with helping us, both when we changed our minds on elements of the trip, and when we forgot our passport at home before leaving for the trip. Everything was well planned and we felt safe and taken care of the whole trip.

Especially our “local mountain guide” April was fantastic, even introducing us to friends and tea tasting on Christmas Eve!

We are already planning two more trips with China discovery!

/Andreas & Joanna

Andreas - 2021.01.28‚ Sweden, January 28, 2021

Hi Zeva,

Lijiang was lovely.

The driver is wonderful and extremely knowledgeable, so after I checked in he brought me to Songzanlin Monastery.

I'm enjoying the Monastery.

Nancy - 2021.01.27‚ USA, January 27, 2021

Hi Wonder,

Here is our feedback.

1. Is your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions?

Yes. He is very fast in response and helped us a lot.

2. How do you comment your tour arrangements?

Very Good. Can consider 8.5 in a scale of 1 to 10.

3. Are you willing to recommend our service to your people who also have an interest to visit China?

Yes. Definitely.

4. Your general opinion on us?

The guidance of your company is enough to decide for a package.

5. Do you have any suggestions on improving our services?

So far this small tour, I found this is okay. But after a big tour I will suggest on this.

6. Can we use your comments of our service, the photos or other images that you took on the tour for our websites, brochures, marketing and publicity? If yes, could you please send us some of your photos by E-mail?

Yes. I will send some photo in wechat.

7. We sometimes have requests from potential customers who would like to inquire from or our ex-customers. May they contact you for advice?

No issue.

Anirban - 2021.01.03‚ India, January 3, 2021

Hi Wendy,

Helen is INCREDIBLE! Love her energy and enthusiasm. Tour has been very good so far; now we are on our way to Yabuli. Oh it has been an absolute blast so far. Helen was a lifesaver in Ya Bu Li!

Ada was also very nice, but there was, unfortunately, a very big language barrier, as she had difficulty with English.

Thank you Wendy. Just finished the tour today; was a great trip overall.

Varun - 2021.01.18‚ India, January 18, 2021
>>Read Details

How Our Teams Serve you at China Discovery

"Highest Standards of Quality and Honesty" is the core value of each specialized team at China Discovery.

Eveyone in our company is working hard for only one goal, which is to ensure the highest level of service, luxury, and attention to detail from the minute you begin planning your trip, to the day you return home.

1-on-1 Travel Consultant

China Tour

Our travel consultants are professional, experienced and responsible, helping you from the very beginning to the end of your China trip!

After sending us an inquiry, one of our travel consultants will get back to you within 0.5~23.5 hrs. In the next few days, he/she will be working closely with you to formulate a customized tour plan, as well as providing professional suggestions based on your travel interests, time, and budget.

Beside, he/she will keep in contact with you during your entire tour in China, continually checking if everything is going well as planned.

We're working at Chengdu Bamboo International Tours, local based in Chengdu.

Local Tour Guides

China Tour

Our local guide in every destination is not only very friendly, enthusiastic but also very informative and knowledgeable.

Once you arrive in the destination, the patient and punctual guides will pick you up and take you to get under skin of the city at your own pace. By in-depth discovery and explanation, they’ll show you more about the history, culture, customs and authentic local life. Throughout the journey, they're not only expert guides who take care of all the details but also fellow travelers who are dedicated to help you explore in comfort and style.

Our guides are passionate about what they do, and it shows all the way!

Local Drivers & Vehicle

Using our private transfer service makes you comfortable, relaxed and worry free all the way!

Our private service includes licensed drivers with many years’ driving experience and air-conditioned, non-smoking, clean and well-maintained cars/vans. Drivers are local, polite, friendly and helpful, taking you to your tourist sites, hotels, airport/train stations in safety. All kinds of vehicle are offered, and yours depends on the size of your group. Usually, we offer sedan cars, SUVs, business vans (MPV) and different types of buses, all with extra space for your luggage.

Our private transfer service guarantees you the highest comfort!

Comfortable & Homelike Hotels

China Tour

In each destination, you’ll enjoy a comfortable stay in a great location!

The hotels we choose are based on star rating, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Choices are a lot ranging from luxury 5 star, comfortable 4 star to budget 3 star. You could decide where to stay to best suit for your budget and likes. Generally, the hotels have both Western and Chinese breakfast with a wide choices.

If you have already got an ideal hotel, please feel free to tell our travel consultants and they'll book the hotel for you.

Have good sleep in our well-selected hotels in all the destinations of China.

Meals & Dining

China Tour

We can satisfy all the dietary requirements no matter you want Chinese local food, western food, vegetarian food or muslin food.

The restaurants we will take you for lunch or dinner are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. They have very good sanitary conditions and the food is prepared fresh and clean.

There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants to taste like Beijing Roast Duck, Xian Dumpling Dinner, Sichuan Hotpot, etc., if you are interested in local food tasting.

All the dining options will satisfy your stomach!

Here are recent candid photos of this China trip

  • Welcome to Xiamen Welcome to Xiamen
  • Huandao Road Huandao Road
  • Nanputuo Temple Panorama Nanputuo Temple Panorama
  • Xiamen University View from Wulao Peak Xiamen University View from Wulao Peak
  • Gulangyu Island Gulangyu Island
  • Sightseeing from Sunlight Rock Sightseeing from Sunlight Rock
  • Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster
  • Yuchanglou (Zigzag Building) Yuchanglou (Zigzag Building)
  • Taxia Village Taxia Village
  • Tsingpu Tulou Retreat Courtyard Tsingpu Tulou Retreat Courtyard
  • Cosy Advanced Room of Tsingpu Tulou Retreat Cosy Advanced Room of Tsingpu Tulou Retreat
  • Making Hakka Orange Tea at Tsingpu Tulou Retreat Making Hakka Orange Tea at Tsingpu Tulou Retreat
  • Heguilou Built on Marshland Heguilou Built on Marshland
  • Huaiyuanlou Huaiyuanlou
  • Hekeng Tulou Cluster Full View Hekeng Tulou Cluster Full View
  • Zhenchenglou (Prince of Tulou) Zhenchenglou (Prince of Tulou)
  • Chuxi Tulou Cluster Chuxi Tulou Cluster
  • Jiqinglou Interior Jiqinglou Interior

Recommended or Similar Tour Packages You May Also Like

Mount Wuyi Joyous Jiuqu Stream Rafting
5 Days Xiamen, Fujian Tulou & Mount Wuyi Discovery Tour

Xiamen / Nanjing Tulou / Yongding Tulou / Xiamen / Wuyishan

Chuxi Tulou Cluster
2 Days Classic Yongding Tulou & Nanjing Tulou Tour from Xiamen

Xiamen / Nanjing Tulou / Yongding Tulou / Xiamen

Zhenchenglou (Prince of Tulou)
5 Days Xiamen & Fujian Tulou Highlights Tour

Xiamen / Nanjing Tulou / Yongding Tulou / Xiamen

No documents found.

Customize your own China Tour

China DIY Travel
We are here to help you design your own travel experience in China which suits your specific needs best. Tailor make now!
Start to design

Start planning your tailor-made holiday to China by contacting one of our specialists. Once enquired, you’ll get a response within 0.5~23.5 hours.

Customize a Trip

You're inquiring about the " 5 Days Xiamen & Hakka Tulou Leisure & Luxury Tour with Tulou Retreat "

Please tell us more about your travel plans within just a few simple steps. We'll get back to you with a quotation in 0.5~23.5hrs.

Check Your Tour Inform

  • No documents found.

Tell us more about your trip

Tell us about yourself

Submit

[Important] Travel News for Expats: China travel is reopening now! Travel with China Discovery and learn about where to visit & requirements for each destination! Read Details >