4 Days Xiamen and Tulou Discovery Tour

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- Gulangyu Island
- Shuzhuang Garden
- Piano Museum
- Chuxi Tulou Cluster
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Tour Code: HRC-FJ02

Tour Description

This 4-day package is a tour of leisure and culture. Xiamen (Amoy), the Garden on the Sea, greets you with its top spot for leisure - Gulangyu Island. Ambling around the island, to the elegant Shuzhuang Garden, winding the Fourty-Four Bridges, and listening the remote notes coming from History at the Piano Museum... The Fujian Tulou is another type - amazing buildings and layouts, time-honored building traditions and original living styles...

Explore exquisite architectural art of Shuzhuang Garden

Marvel at the priceless antique pianos at Piano Museum

Discover the astonishing charm of Chuxi Tulou Cluster as well as its local lifestyle

Day 1 Arrival in Xiamen City
Today's Activities

Upon your arrival in Xiamen City, our local tour guide will meet you at the airport or train station and lead you to the hotel for checking in. The rest of the day is free for your own arrangement, for whether having a good rest at the hotel, or taking a leisure stroll to explore the city on your own.

Xiamen, a city honored as the Garden on the Sea in southeastern Fujian, was established in the Ming Dynasty (A.D.1368-1644) as a major seaport and as one of China's five port cities. It faces Jinmen (Kinmen) Islands of Taiwan across the Taiwan Strait. Gulangyu Island is one of the most famous tourism spots of Xiamen.

Highlights
Xiamen CBD Xiamen Shopping Street Xiamen Snacks      
Xiamen CBD Shopping Street Xiamen Snacks    
Day 2 Xiamen (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities

After breakfast, set out for a full-day exploration of Xiamen. Take a 5-minute ferry ride to Gulangyu Island, which is best known for its serene beauty and the various-style buildings. Ambling along the tranquil lanes of Gulangyu is surely a pleasant enjoyment.

Minutes' away is your first encounter - Shuzhuang Garden, which features the exquisite architectural art of combining the sea with the garden. Keep on your strolling while walking through the Nine-Bend Forty-Four Bridges on the Sea. The elegant pavilions and delicate stone carvings will surely catch your breath. The Piano Museum is also one highlight of Shuzhuang Garden. It is Asia's largest piano museum with precious antique pianos collected by Australian Overseas Chinese Mr. Hu Youyi. Listen with your heart - the tunes coming from the history…

Later hop on the golf cart and back to the ferry station, then return to Xiamen downtown. Your lunch will be full of local flavor. After lunch, head for Hulishan Fortress, where exists the biggest and oldest Cannon in the world.

After enjoying a tea ceremony in a teahouse, you will visit the Ring Road, the most beautiful Marathon Course around the coastline. Dinner tonight is not included.

Highlights
Gulangyu Ferry Shuzhuang Garden Piano Museum      
Gulangyu Ferry Shuzhuang Garden Piano Museum  
Day 3 Xiamen - Yongding - Xiamen (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities

After breakfast, start your journey to the amazing Hakka house – Fujian Tulou at Yongding County. Though the 4-hour drive from Xiamen is a little tiring, these UFO-like buildings are surely worth your visit.

With a total of 46 sites, Fujian Tulou (Earthen Buildings), exceptional examples of the Hakka building culture and enclosed defensive construction, was inscribed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008. A tulou is usually circular or rectangular in shape, acts as a small city of a clan, and divides into several parts like living areas, ancestral hall and storehouses. The largest tulou can hold up to 80 families.

You will visit the Chuxi Tulou Cluster, the most beautiful part of Fujian Tulou, which is a less trodden place and therefore preserves the original appearance and lifestyle at best. It's made up of 5 circular tulous and tens of rectangular ones. Jiqing Lou, dating back to 1419, is the oldest and biggest of the Chuxi region and can hold 72 families.

Awe at the widsom of local Hakka people while facing such wonderful multi-functional buildings, and let yourself into the local life and culture. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Highlights
Chuxi Tulou Cluster Tulou Interior Construction Fujian Tulou at Dusk      
Chuxi Tulou Cluster Tulou Interior Construction Fujian Tulou at Dusk      
Day 4 Xiamen / Departure (Breakfast)
Today's Activities

Enjoy your breakfast at leisure. The rest of the day is all yours. You are free to explore Xiamen on your own pace, to buy some souvenirs for your family or friends, or just relax at the hotel and savor your memories of these days.

Later of the day you will be transferred to the airport /train station for your onward flight/ train. Nice trip home!

Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Tour Guide: a local experienced English-speaking guide Hotels: Accommodation in Xiamen City
Vehicle: a private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers Car Driver: an experienced licensed driver
Water & Tissues: free purified water and tissues offered per day; Luggage Transfers: a hand for your heavy luggage;
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance; Government taxes & Service charges
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional tours / meals / flights not mentioned in itinerary; - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Xiamen Hotels
Sheraton Xiamen Hotel
Sheraton Xiamen Hotel
Sheraton Xiamen Hotel enjoys a convenient location – only 15 minutes' drive from Xiamen International Airport and 20 minutes' from the Ferry Terminal of Gulangyu Island. The 360 guest rooms are all equipped with Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds for guests' comfort. High speed internet access is available in guest rooms, while wifi is equipped in all public areas. The hotel also offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool, spa and other relaxation facilities for guests' regeneration.
Fortune Hotel Xiamen
Fortune Hotel Xiamen
Located in the business center of Xiamen, Fortune Hotel offers fantastic views of Xiamen harbor and is next to Xiamen International Cruise Center and the Bay Park. 300 rooms are equipped with broadband internet access. Restaurants offer both local cuisine and authentic Japanese food. A variety of light meals, all kinds of drink and dessert are available throughout the day in the coffee bar. Facilities include a fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool, a gold court, a spa house and many more.
Vienna Hotel Xiamen
Vienna Hotel Xiamen
Newly open in 2011, Vienna Hotel Xiamen is just close to Huli Tax-Free Shop and with easy access to other parts of the city and tourism attractions. Designed in European style, this business hotel offers 160 guest rooms in various types, and each is comfortably decorated and equipped with broadband internet access. Meeting rooms, business center, Chinese & Western buffet restaurant, sauna and other facilities are available at the hotel.

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary include 3 breakfasts provided by the hotel and 2 lunches.
You can just feel free to make dinner arrangements as per your personal taste.

Below are some featured local food and snacks for your knowledge. Try some or you can also ask your guide for recommendations.


Fujian Food & Snacks:

Fujian food is one of the Eight Culinary Traditions in China, and its snacks are also very popular nationwide. Fujian style cuisine is known to be light but flavourful, soft and tender, as well as retaining the original flavour of the main ingredients instead of masking them.

Notable dishes include:
(1) Fo Tiao Qiang (Buddha Jumps Over the Wall): a complex dish making use of many ingredients, including shark fin, sea cucumber, abalone, and Shaoxing wine.
(2) Yanpi & Rouyan: Yanpi is a thin wrapper made with large proportions of lean pork. It's used to make Rouyan, a type of wonton.
(3) Oyster Omelette: Omelette with oyster filling. Also popular in Taiwan.
(4) Tusun Dong (Sipunculid Worm Jelly): an aspic made with a species of marine peanut worm. Especially famous in Xiamen.

Fujian Food - Fo Tiao Qiang    Fujian Food - Rouyan Wonton   
Fo Tiao Qiang (Buddha Jumps Over the Wall)    Rouyan Wonton   
Fujian Food - Oyster Omelette    Fujian Food - Tusun Dong   
Oyster Omelette    Tusun Dong   
  

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Comments

Dear Allan,

Wuyishan Resort is a quite ipressive geological park and we enjoyed our trip. The bamboo rafts riding along the Jiuqu Stream is really wonderful. It's not the fierce type I thought, but gentle and pleasant. Life jackets were provided. Watching the strange rock formations is interesting.

Customer: Mr.& Mrs. Adams

Destinations:Wuyishan, Fujian

Related Tour: 3 Days Wuyishan Essence Tour, 5 Days Xiamen, Tulou and Wuyishan Experience Tour

Hello Sara,

The fujian hakka Tulou is really amazing! Our guide told us that the large ones can hold 60-80 families! The building itself is interesting. I wonder if next time I can stay overnight at Tulou, lol. Local people are very friendly also, though they can hardly speak English.

Thanks for arranging such a wonderful tour.

Customer: Mr. Weller

Destinations: Yongding Tulou, Fujian

Related Tour: 4 Days Xiamen and Tulou Discovery Tour

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