4-day Xiamen Tulou Tour

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This special village tour will take you to remove the mysterious veil of the Hakka houses in mountainous south western Fujian. These buildings were once wrongly known as the missile launchers by the U.S. spy satellites in the 1960s.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival / Xiamen  
    Transfer: by plane - own arrangement
Program: Be met at Xiamen Airport and transfer to the pier, take the ferry to Gulang Yu. Check in hotel rest of the day is free at leisure..

Day 2 (B, L, D)
Xiamen / Yongding
        by private vehicle
Program: Morning visit the Gulang Islet, including piano museum, Sunlight Rock. Afternoon transfer to Yongding with ‘Hakka” sightseeing en-route. You will leave for Yongding after lunch and make a stop at Nanjin village to view the Yuchang Lou, Hegui Lou. Arrives in Hongken Village of Yongding, and overnight in Fuyu Lou to experience the life in the Hakka earth building. The room is very basic with shared bathroom facilities only.

Yuchanglou - is a five-storey tulou located at Xiabanliao village of Nangjing. It was built in 1308 Yuan dynasty by the Liu family clan. It is one of the oldest and tallest tulou in China. Yuchanglou has been nicknamed the "zigzag building", because the vertical wooden post structure is not straight and perpendicular, but zigzags left and right. It was built that way due to an error measuring the building materials. But in spite of this apparent infirmity, this tall tulou withstood 700 hundred years of natural elements and social turmoil. Jiuzhaigou Reserve - Opened on December 22, 2001, Xiamen Piano Museum is the first of its kind built in China. The Museum displays more than 70 famous-brand pianos from the Unites States, Britain, France, Austria and Australia. They are all over 100 years old.

Hegui lou - is a five-storey tulou at Pushan Village of Nanjing county. It is in a shape of rectangle and is 21.5 meters in height, which is the tallest tulou in Nanjing. Hegui Lou has been inscribed in 2008 by UNESCO as World Heritage Site, as "exceptional examples of a building tradition and function exemplifying a particular type of communal living and defensive organization [in a] harmonious relationship with their environment".

Day 03 (B, L, D)
Yongding / Xiamen

Program: In the morning, you will make guided exploration in the Hakka Homelands. The visits includes Zhencheng Lou (dubbed the prince of round tulou, Chengqi Lou (th smalest building), and Rusheng Lou (build in a Putala Palace style), etc. Drive back to Xiamen in the afternoon.

Chengqilou - nicknamed "the king of tulou" of Gaobei Tulou cluster at Gaotou village of Yongding County was built in 1709. Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site 1113-003 in 2008. It is massive rotunda tulou with four concentric rings surrounding an ancestral hall at the center, the outer ring is 62.6 metres in diameter and four storeys tall, 288 rooms, with 72 rooms on each level, circular corridor on 2nd to 4th floor, with four sets of staircases at cardinal points connecting ground to top floors.

Zhenchenglou - nicknamed "the prince of tulou", belongs to Hongkeng Tulou cluster. It is located in Hongkeng village, Hukeng township of Yongding County. Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage 1113-002 It was built in 1912 by the descendents of a rich tobacco merchant. Zhenchenglou is a double ring tulou, its outer ring is four storeys high, total 184 rooms, the inner ring is two storeys with 32 rooms. The outer ring was partitioned into four segments according to Bagua concept of Chinese Fengshui.Western influence is evident in the Greek style columns of the ancestral hall, and in the wrought iron railing of the second level corridor.

Day 04 (B, L)
Xiamen departure

Program: This morning you will embark on a leisurely tour of Xiamen. A visit will be made to the Huli Shan Fortress which was built in 1891 using a combination of architectural styles from the Ming and Qing dynasties and also from Europe. Later you will visit the Nanputuo Temple which is a remnant from the Tang dynasty and afterwards you will take in some of the scenic views that can be found along the coastline. Transfer to airport for you flight to next destination in the afternoon.

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