Welcome to Quanzhou

Wandering Quánzhōu’s ancient stone streets and temples of many faiths creates a rare sense of timelessness in urban China. Hints of a rich Islamic and maritime past are readily visible, and the atmosphere at times feels like a city further west. There are also easy day trips from here to the fascinating historic villages of Chongwu and Xunpu which have long faced out towards the sea.

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China By Bullet Train

ItineraryDay 1: Hong KongStop At: West Hong KongArrive in Hong Kong and make your own way to the starting hotel. Refresh or stretch your legs exploring around the hotel. At 18:00 pm, please meet the group in the hotel lobby and the welcome briefing afterwards.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Victoria Harbour, Hong KongAfter the welcome meeting, you are welcome to join a walk from the hotel to Victoria Harbour for the night view of Hong Kong, the Oriental Pearl.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: West HotelDay 2: Hong Kong - YangshuoStop At: West Hong KongEnjoy a taste of Dimsum for breakfast in a local restaurant nearby, you must try shrimp dumplings and barbecued-pork bund.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, Hong KongCheck out and take a 15-minutes walk to the newly built Kowloon West Train Station for our very first bullet train experience. The direct bullet train takes us to Guilin Station. Transfer to hotel in Yangshuo in the late afternoon, our base for the next few days in this picturesque area.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Dim-sum breakfast in local restaurantAccommodation included: Local Comfort Level HotelDay 3: YangshuoStop At: Yulong River, Yangshuo County, GuangxiHop on a bike and follow our tour leader, cycle along the winding country roads for breathtaking views of the area. Enjoy a home-cooking lunch at noon in a village than loop back to Yangshuo.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Local Comfort Level HotelDay 4: YangshuoStop At: Xianggong Mountain, Yangshuo County, GuangxiEnjoy a free morning before joining a private tour to tea plantation upon the mountains and one of the best viewing point for scenery along the famous Li River, Xianggong Mountain.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Local Comfort Level HotelDay 5: Yangshuo - ChengduStop At: Guilin Railway Station Zhanqian SquareCheck out in the morning then transfer to Guilin for the bullet train heading for Chengdu.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Guilin Railway Station Zhanqian SquareBoard on the bullet train for Chengdu. Today is a travelling day, prepare some books, music or movies for enjoying the ride.Duration: 7 hoursStop At: Chengdu East Railway Station ExitArrive in Chengdu, transfer to our hotel.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Tianfu Square, Chengdu, SichuanAfter check in and refresh, take a walk to a local restaurant nearby and enjoy a delicious hotpot dinner. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Dinner: Enjoy the famous Sichuan Hotpot Accommodation included: Local Comfort Level HotelDay 6: ChengduPass By: Chengdu Renmin Park, Chengdu, SichuanEnjoy a free day to explore many of the interesting places in Chengdu, or to join the optional Leshan Giant Buddha & Old Town Day Excursion. In the evening, there's also an option to see an amazing Sichuan Opera with face-changing performance.Stop At: Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo), Leshan, SichuanYou may also join the optional Leshan Giant Buddha & Old Town Day Excursion.Duration: 7 hoursStop At: Qintai Road, Chengdu, SichuanIn the evening, there's also an option to see an amazing Sichuan Opera with face-changing performance.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Local Comfort Level HotelDay 7: Chengdu - Xi'anStop At: Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), Chengdu, SichuanGet up early to see the lovely Giant Pandas and also the less-known panda family member, Red Pandas in Panda Breeding Research Centre. In the afternoon transfer to station for high-speed train to Xi’an. Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Chengdu East Railway Station East SquareHope on a bullet train to the next stop of adventure in China, Xi'an. The 4-hour train journey travels 800+ kilometres through mountains and countryside between 2 provinces, which used to take 16 hours by regular train by old railway routes.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), Xi'an, ShaanxiTry your cooking skills in the Dumpling Cooking Class & Banquet in the evening.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Dinner: Hands-on experience of making Chinese dumplings and, the host family prepare dumplings and dishes for the banquet.No accommodation included on this day.Day 8: Xi'anStop At: Tomb of Emperor Jingdi (Hanyangling), Xi'an, ShaanxiIn the morning, transfer to visit the 2000 years old tomb Hanyangling, which belongs to the fourth emperor of one of the most important dynasties in China, the Han Dynasty.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), Xi'an, ShaanxiEnjoy learning about Chinese culture in the Calligraphy Class. Free to explore the ancient City Wall and around for nice evening view. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Local Comfort Level HotelDay 9: Xi'an - LuoyangStop At: Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site MuseumTransfer to the world-famous Terracotta Army Museum, where the terra-cotta soldiers and horses right at the site where they were buried for more than 2000 years. Listen to stories of the First Emperor and the history of his powerful dynasty. Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site MuseumEnjoy home-cooking dishes for lunch in a village just outside the museum where villagers were relocated from the site of the Terracotta Army.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Xi'an North Railway Station, Xi'an, ShaanxiTransfer to Xi'an North Railway Station, travel to Luoyang by bullet train. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Local Comfort Level HotelDay 10: Luoyang - Shaolin Temple - LuoyangStop At: Shaolin Temple, Dengfeng, HenanDrive to Shaolin Temple in the morning and start our adventure in the birthplace of Shaolin Kungfu. Visit the 1800 years old Shaolin Temple and then take Shaolin Kongfu (Chinese Martial Art) Lesson. Transfer back to Hotel in Luoyang.Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Local Comfort Level HotelDay 11: Luoyang/BeijingStop At: Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang, HenanCheck out in the morning and transfer to visit one of the 4 greatest Buddhist Grottos in China, Longman Grottos.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Luoyang Longmen Railway Station Parking LotTransfer to Longmen Station and board on bullet-train for Beijing. Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Dawan JuEnjoy delicious Beijing Roast Duck dinner in the evening.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Dinner: Local Beijing Roast Duck DinnerAccommodation included: Local Comfort Level HotelDay 12: Beijing - Great Wall ExcursionStop At: Mutianyu Great Wall, BeijingStart early in the morning and drive to Mutianyu Great Wall. Explore one of the world's most amazing construction wonders. In the afternoon head back to Beijing.Duration: 6 hoursStop At: Red Theatre Beijing Kung Fu Show, BeijingIn the evening, you may join the optional activity to see a great stage play - The Legend of Kongfu.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Local Comfort Level HotelDay 13: BeijingStop At: Forbidden City-The Palace Museum, BeijingIn the morning, hop on a local bus and follow journey leader to visit Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City, a masterpiece of traditional Chinese architectures & arts. See with your own eyes where China was ruled from for 400 years.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Nanluoguxiang, BeijingExplore the most traditional living style of Beijing on a rickshaw ride in Hutong. Visit a special host who lived his whole life in Hutong.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Local Comfort Level HotelDay 14: Beijing - Overnight TrainPass By: Beijing South Railway Station, BeijingEnjoy a free morning to explore more of the colourful capital. Transfer to the station in the later afternoon for overnight sleeper bullet train experience to Shanghai.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.Day 15: Overnight Train - ShanghaiPass By: Shanghai Railway StationArrive in Shanghai in the morning and transfer to the hotel.Stop At: Yuyuan Old Street, ShanghaiFollow journey leader for a walking tour, check out the secret alleyways, local markets and historic architectures in the modern city. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Shanghai Centre Theatre, ShanghaiIn the evening, enjoy the world's best acrobatics show.Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Local Comfort Level HotelDay 16: Shanghai - QuanzhouPass By: Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, ShanghaiToday is a travelling day. Board on the bullet train (7.5 hrs) in the morning and head for the starting point of the Sea Silk Road, the historical city of Quanzhou.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Local Comfort Level HotelDay 17: QuanzhouStop At: Chongwu Ancient Town, Hui'an County, FujianTravel by bus for an hour to Chongwu Fortress Town. Located by the sea, this old town was built in 1387 to defence the pirate intrusions. Wander through the narrow alleyways and discover the local lifestyle.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Kaiyuan Monastery, Quanzhou, FujianFollow our journey leader to explore the undiscovered city and around this historical city, the starting point of the Sea Silk Road. Visit Kaiyuan Monastery and old streets around.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Local Comfort Level HotelDay 18: Quanzhou - TulouPass By: Railway Station Comprehensive UnitTravel by bullet train to Longyan (2hrs) and then hop on a local bus (2hrs) to the Hakka village of traditional Tulou dwellings which exist for hundreds of years in the mountainous area of Fujian and Guangdong. Stop At: Yongding Earth Building, Yongding County, FujianEnjoy home cooking dinner in the guesthouse.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Village GuesthouseDay 19: TulouStop At: Yongding Earth Building, Yongding County, FujianFollow the tour leader to visit some of the amazing Tulou building. This extraordinary type of Chinese rural dwellings is usually a large, enclosed and fortified earth building. Rectangular or circular in configuration with very thick load-bearing rammed earth walls between three and five stories high, some can house up to 80 families.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Yongding Earth Building, Yongding County, FujianIn the evening, enjoy a hands-on experience of making local rice wine with demonstrations by the lovely hosts of our guesthouse.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Village GuesthouseDay 20: Tulou - ShenzhenPass By: Longyan Railway Station Ticketing OfficePrivate transfer to Longyang Station and enjoy a ride to the youngest but one of the biggest cities in China, Shenzhen (approx. 4hrs). Overnight in Shenzhen.Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner: Enjoy typical Cantonese cuisine farewell dinner. Accommodation included: Local Comfort Level HotelDay 21: Shenzhen - DeparturePass By: Luohu CustomsDepart anytime for onward travelling.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$54.85 Transfers & Ground Transport

Quanzhou Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Railway Station

The service is delivered by an experienced driver from a national car rental company, and an English speaking travel agent staff for backup support. Your driver will find you in your hotel lobby by eye contact, or spell out your name.  The hotel pickup time is 2 hours prior of train departure time.  This private transfer service is 24 hours available.  Please buy your train ticket first, then book this transfer service. Please notice there are 2 major railway stations in Quanzhou: Quanzhou Station and Quanzhou East Station.  Your departure train code and railway station name is required upon reservation.  Frequently Asked Questions:  Q: Is your service better than calling a taxi on site?  A: Taxi service is not always available in Quanzhou. Sometimes the hotel doormen can not find a taxi for you in time, especially in rush hour, early morning or weekend. Using this transfer service, you will have a better vehicle, better service from a reliable national car rental company, plus 24/7 backup from a local travel agent.  Q:  Do you pickup from my hotel?   A: This pickup price is for hotels in downtown Quanzhou only. Downtown Quanzhou includes 4 districts of Licheng, Fengzhe, Luojiang and Quangang. Other districts are named as Outskirts Quanzhou. Hotels in Outskirts Quanzhou will cost additional charge. Please check if your hotel is located in downtown Quanzhou before you make a booking. If your hotel is in outskirts Quanzhou, the additional cost will be advised by the local travel agent. - Plan A: If the local travel agent has receiving your reply of approval of this additional cost in time, booking will be confirmed. - Plan B: Booking will be cancelled automatically and refund will be arranged for not receiving your approval in 24 hours.  Q: What should I do if I can not find my driver?  A: Telephone the local travel agent. The staff will ask you to pass the phone to a Chinese standing beside you, find out your exact location. Then please wait here. Your driver will come to you. Do not move!  Q: Will the driver telephone me before pickup?  A: No. Your driver does not speaking in English. The local travel agent will be your backup.  Q: Will the driver help me to check in at the railway station?  A: No. Your driver will drop you off outside the departure hall of the station. Usually it is the non-parking area.  Q: What is the luggage allowance?  A: Each passenger (aside from infant) can check in with a maximum of 1 piece of luggage, total dimension not exceeding 158 cm (62 inch), wheels, handles and side pockets included. Each bag should not weigh over 20kg (44 lbs). Excessive and over-sized bag as subject to the availability of the storage space of the vehicle, may incurring surcharge.

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Private Transfer From Xiamen City to Quanzhou City

Your friendly driver will pick you up from your Xiamen city hotel lobby at your preferred schedule with holding a sign under your name, and take you directly to your destination in Quanzhou city. The vehicle size is based on the number of your party. Please kindly advise your Xiamen hotel or residential information plus desired departure schedule and address in Quanzhou upon booking. Your driver speaks basic English only, and if you have any questions on the road, you can use the driver's mobile phone to reach out the local operator. Quanzhou is once an international port city on the maritime Silk Route. Marco Polo regarded the location as "one of the ports of the world with the biggest flow of merchandise. Wish you have a wonderful stay in Quanzhou!

$98.90 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Quanzhou Silk Route Tour from Xiamen

Pick up from your hotel in Xiamen and take a 1.5 hours drive to Quanzhou.Visit Shaolin Temple,  it was originally built during the Tang Dynasty and then destroyed in 1763 AD. There are usually thirty to forty different monks in training on the temple grounds who practice martial arts daily. Then transfer to Kaiyuan Temple, one of China's largest and most important Buddhist temple, and the nearby East & West Pagoda, said to be the best preserved stone pagodas in China.We will having "Zongzi" for lunch.  Zongzi  is a traditional Chinese food made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo leaves, generally of the species indocalamus tessellatus, sometimes, with reed leaves, or other large flat leaves. We will go ahead to visit Qingjing Mosque, which is the oldest Mosque in China and rated as one of the top ten Muslim holy sites of the world, and the nearby Guandi Temple. Guanyue Temple was dedicated to two famed Chinese generals, Guan Yu and Yue Fei, but it is also the home of over twenty other military heroes. Transfer back to Xiamen at the end.