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2 Days Xiamen Essence Tour with Nanjing Tulou

Leisure Discovery of Garden City on the Sea

Xiamen praised as “Garden on the Sea” with pleasant weather, fresh air and stunning coastal city view is quite popular for a leisure vacation! This 2 Days Xiamen Essence Tour is your best selection to discover the top bests of this beautiful Garden City. You’ll enjoy a pleasant cultural stroll on Xiamen No.1 - Gulangyu Island for a rich marvel at the over 100-year-old precious historical international architectures recorded as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, and also visit the peaceful and lovely Nanputuo Temple for soul purification and Xiamen City panorama catching. What’s more, this trip takes you to Nanjing County to savor the famous Fujian Tulou that are also a World Cultural Heritage and have a personal look at not-missing Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, Yuchang Building, and more big and small Hakka earthen buildings! Choose this trip to start your Xiamen discovery in leisure!

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-XMT-02
  • Price : from Request
    1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
    2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
  • Theme : Cultural / Nature
  • Physical Demands :

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Soak in the wonderful gallery of precious international architectures left on Xiamen must-see Gulangyu Island with a romantic stroll at the historical alleys;
  • Explore Nanjing Tulou to have a panorama of the most famous Tianluokeng, discover the inner part of amazing zigzag Yuchang Building and stroll around Taxia Village;
  • Make a wish at the serene Nanputuo Temple while appreciating the ten century old Buddhist constructions and the interesting and peaceful “garden”styled courtyard;
  • Worry-free trip with nice introduction by professional English-speaking guide and comfortable private licensed vehicle driven by experienced driver;
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Xiamen

Nanputuo Temple, Hulishan Fortress, Gulangyu Island

Good morning! On this day, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel or the airport/train station in the morning. Today, you’ll head to the southern tip of Xiamen Island and have a classic discovery of the refreshing Xiamen City.

First, 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, visit Hulishan Fortress which was built in 1891 to defense the invasion of foreign enemies. Have a look at the remained historical cannons including the Krupp Cannon listed as the oldest and largest ocean cannon during 19th century by the World Guinness Record and learn the important history of how Xiamen City succeeded during the war era.

Next, 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 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!

  • Nanputuo Temple Panorama Nanputuo Temple Panorama
  • Xiamen University View from Wulao Peak Xiamen University View from Wulao Peak
  • Sightseeing from Sunlight Rock Sightseeing from Sunlight Rock
  • Shuzhuang Garden Shuzhuang Garden

Day 2 Xiamen - Nanjing Tulou - Xiamen Departure (B, L)

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, Yuchang Building, Taxia Village

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 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!

  • Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster
  • Yuchanglou (Zigzag Building) Yuchanglou (Zigzag Building)
  • Taxia Village Taxia Village

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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, 2021.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.95. 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);
  • 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.

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Hi Livia

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1.How about your tour arrangements? 

Arranging the tour was very easy since we could do everything by contacting only the one person, and communicating with WeChat. 

2.Are you willing to recommend our service to those who would like to come to China ?

YES

3. Your general opinion on us?  

Very professional and well organized. And what we liked the most was the flexibility of the tour guides. When some sights got closed because of the weather conditions, they both did everything they could to find new suitable arrangements and all of them were great. We are very happy with both tour guides. 

4. What will be your suggestions regarding how to improve our services?

Really noting to suggest. All went very well. 

5.Do you plan to write (or have already written) a travelogue or a story to share with your friends? any language is ok. Would you like to share it with us and our clients? We would be happy to publish it on our website. Photos often tell more than words and we would appreciate if you share some of them with us.

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Isabel - 2020.11.17‚ Spain, November 17, 2020

Hi Tracy

Yes we had a great time!

Only minor issue is related to smoking rooms but I realize that this was outside of your control

Guides were fantastic- especially in terms of accommodating our own pace - because of kids.

They also provided good insights that allowed us to appreciate the sights even more

Sebastian - 2020.11.16‚ Germany, November 16, 2020

Hi Tracy

Everything is going well. We’re on our way to the desert now. HaiDong has been so helpful.

Megan - 2020.11.07‚ South Africa, November 7, 2020

Hi Tracy

Fine. Tour guide and driver excellent. Hotel good but inconvenient with luggage. Food service poor. Great Wall and sights excellent. Thanks for all the help.

Food in town excellent. Good choices. Food hotel cold breakfast. Take 3 bus to get to hotel. Drag luggage over road. Guide help us a lot. He is excellent

Graham - 2020.11.15‚ South Africa, November 15, 2020

Hi Wonder

Tour guide Selina was really great, she was enthusiastic and friendly. Very knowledgable about HuangShan. Car was spacious, but we had to change vans frequently.

Hotel was okay, a little small on the mountain, but overall not bad. Understandable that it’s small. It was a lot of hard work for the people to bring hotels things up to the mountain.

We would suggest to add 宏村 to schedules next time. We thought it was really nice.

We were lucky because weather is nice. Restaurants Selina brought us to were all good. A lot of stairs on the mountains, but great trip overall.

Jenny - 2020.11.11‚ Vietnam, November 11, 2020
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Here are recent candid photos of this China trip

  • Nanputuo Temple Panorama Nanputuo Temple Panorama
  • Xiamen University View from Wulao Peak Xiamen University View from Wulao Peak
  • Sightseeing from Sunlight Rock Sightseeing from Sunlight Rock
  • Shuzhuang Garden Shuzhuang Garden
  • Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster
  • Yuchanglou (Zigzag Building) Yuchanglou (Zigzag Building)
  • Taxia Village Taxia Village

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