Hakka traditional building culture
Be renowned for its collection of Buddhist cultural relics
Be known as "Sea Garden"
International Garden City
Xiamen, located on the southeastern coast of Fujian Province,is China's cleanest and most beautiful seaport city, as well as China's most romantic leisure city.
Xiamen and its surrounding provide spectacular scenery and pleasant tree-lined beaches. Gulangyu Island, known as the Piano Island, offers amazing view of the city and features many Victoria-era style European buildings. The Buddhist Nanputuo Temple, dating back to the Tang Dynasty, is a national treasure. While Hulishan Fortress shows you the history of this Garden City... Besides, Xiamen is the best gateway to Fujian Tulou - Yongding & Nanjing Earth Buildings, the cultural highlight you should never miss.
Welcome to Xiamen, the Garden City on the Sea! Clear the customs and retrieve your baggage by yourself upon arrival, be greeted by our tour guide in the airport or train station who is holding a sign on which says your name. A comfortable vehicle (non-smoking) with experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you check in. The rest of today is on your own to explore this beautiful city.
After breakfast, take a 3-hour scenic drive to see the earth buildings in Nanjing County. You'll visit Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, Yuchuanglou, and Taxia Village. After the tour, transfer back to Xiamen city.
Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster: Composed primarily of four round and one rectangular earthen house, it is one of the most magnificent and well-preserved Hakka Castles in the area. The village is also listed in the Famous Historic Cultural Village in China for its typical cultural regional system.
Yuchanglou: Yuchanglou was built in 1308 and is one of the oldest existing Tulou. This five-story earth building is most famous for its tilted pillars. The most extreme is slanted at 15-degree angle.
Taxia Village: There are more than 20 earthen building of different shapes built along the bank of a clear brook that flows through the entire village.
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 start to visit the cultural relics Hulishan Fortress. Built in 1891, during the Guangxu reign in the Qing Dynasty, it has always been an important landmark in the island's history, also serving a key role to the country defense against the Japanese in 1900 and 1937.
Later, transfer to the ferry for a 5-minute boat trip to Gulangyu Island from Xiamen City. Start to visit Sunlight Rock, the highest point of Gulangyu, to have a panoramic view of both Gulangyu and Xiamen. Also visit to Shuzhuang Garden, a beautiful seaside garden and the famous Piano Museum with a collection of 80-fold rare old pianos from all over the world.
Then, head to South Putuo Temple which first built in Tang Dynasty. It is renowned for its collection of Buddhist cultural relics, such as a Burmese jade carving of the Buddha, some important Buddhist texts. Standing at the top of the Wulao Peak, you can enjoy the bird's eye view of Xiamen University and Xiamen Port.
After the tour, your guide and driver will escort you the airport/railway station to catch the flight or train to your next destination. Service ends!