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5 Days Xiamen & Fujian Tulou Highlights Tour

UNESCO Gems at Leisure International Island & Hakka Villages

Enjoy a memorable vacation with comfortable sightseeing to relax and interesting culture to savor? Why not choose Xiamen and its nearby Fujian Tulou? Xiamen with easeful refreshing coastal scenery and Fujian Tulou with excellent Hakka earthen buildings constructed on beautiful rural mountains are the 2 most popular places in Fujian.

This 5 days tour takes you to get away to the quiet and eye-pleasant rural Hakka villages in Nanjing County and Yongding County where to appreciate the global famous Fujian Tulou listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage for high architectural skills, exquisite designs and great function for communal living. You’ll not miss the must-see Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, nice Zhenchenglou, beautiful Chuxi Tulou Cluster, etc. Besides, you’ll enjoy one full day relaxing in Xiamen with its appealing seashore sightseeeing without omitting the famous Gulangyu as a World Heritage with over 40 historical international architectures and overlook of Xiamen Island!

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-XNY-05
  • 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

  • Appreciate the intriguing island scenery, historical relics and architectures of varied styles and peaceful old alleys at Gulangyu;
  • Take a leisure walk along the colorful Huandao road to enjoy Xiamen’s refreshing coastal beauty with the sea, beaches, palm trees, sculptures, and so forth;
  • Make a holy worship at Nanputuo Temple to admire the exquisite Buddhist temple buildings and have a worthy bird’s eye view on the nearby peak;
  • Have a classic visit to Nanjing Tulou to look at the must-see Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster and discover amazing Yuchanglou and quiet Taxia Village;
  • Explore outstanding earthen buildings with various shapes and designs in Yongding, including magnificent Hongkeng Tulou Cluster and most beautiful Chuxi Tulou Cluster;
  • Discover top highlights of Xiamen and Fujian Tulou in a valuable private tour package which includes professional travel consultant, local English-speaking guide, experienced driver and comfortable private vehicle.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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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 - Nanjing Tulou (B, L)

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, Yuchang Building, Taxia Village

After breakfast, your guide and driver will meet you 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 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 Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster
  • Yuchanglou (Zigzag Building) Yuchanglou (Zigzag Building)
  • Taxia Village Taxia Village

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

Hongkeng Tulou Cluster, Chuxi Tulou Cluster

After breakfast today, you will go to visit Yongding Tulou with a 20 minutes’ drive.

First, go 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. Continue to discover Rusheng Building constructed into 23 meters in diameter and 3 floors during 1875-1908, which is the smallest earthen building listed by UNESCO and also called “pocket Tulou”!

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. Next, visit Shengqing Building that is a 39 meters wide square Tulou from 1799. Composed with a square exterior wall and a square cloister house inside, it looks like a Chinese character of Hui “回” meaning return from high position, which is unique in whole Chuxi! 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 visiting, your guide and driver will escort you to your hotel in Xiamen. Have a good sleep!

  • Zhenchenglou (Prince of Tulou) Zhenchenglou (Prince of Tulou)
  • Zhenchenglou with Western Inner Design Zhenchenglou with Western Inner Design
  • Chuxi Tulou Cluster Chuxi Tulou Cluster
  • Jiqinglou Interior Jiqinglou Interior
  • Shengqinglou Shengqinglou

Day 4 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
  • Gulangyu Island Gulangyu Island
  • Sightseeing from Sunlight Rock Sightseeing from Sunlight Rock

Day 5 Xiamen Departure (B)

Flight / Train off Xiamen

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel to the airport/train station in time for the scheduled flight/train to your next destination or back home. Before that, you can take a rest at the hotel or go for a walk nearby. Tour ends!

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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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  • Welcome to Xiamen Welcome to Xiamen
  • Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster
  • Yuchanglou (Zigzag Building) Yuchanglou (Zigzag Building)
  • Taxia Village Taxia Village
  • Zhenchenglou (Prince of Tulou) Zhenchenglou (Prince of Tulou)
  • Zhenchenglou with Western Inner Design Zhenchenglou with Western Inner Design
  • Chuxi Tulou Cluster Chuxi Tulou Cluster
  • Jiqinglou Interior Jiqinglou Interior
  • Shengqinglou Shengqinglou
  • Huandao Road Huandao Road
  • Nanputuo Temple Panorama Nanputuo Temple Panorama
  • Gulangyu Island Gulangyu Island
  • Sightseeing from Sunlight Rock Sightseeing from Sunlight Rock
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