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Many use Xiàmén as a stepping-off point for the much smaller island of Gǔlàng Yǔ, perhaps the highlight of the entire province. Strewn with crumbling embassies, lush gardens and beaches, and hip boutique cafes and hotels, this island feels like a kind of Chinese Mediterranean, in all its wonderful oddity.


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Xiamen Private Half Day Tour of Gulangyu Island and Shuzhuang Garden

Your private guide and driver will meet you at Xiamen cruise port at 9am or 1pm and then you will be guided to the ferry terminal where you will start your visit to Gulangyu Island. Xiamen is an island connected to the mainland by Gaoji Causeway and Xiamen Bridge. Being located on the south eastern coast of China, Xiamen has mild weather all year round, making it an attractive and popular holiday retreat. And because of its large natural harbour, now closed off from the sea by land reclamation, the city became an important trading port since Song Dynasty.  Your first visit today is to the small and picturesque island of Gulangyu just off of the southwest coast of the main island. Access to Gulangyu is by a short ferry ride, and when you reach the island, you will find that only electric powered vehicles are allowed so it is a peaceful retreat from the noise and fumes of petroleum powered vehicles. You will be able to take a leisurely stroll around the island and enjoy the natural beauty as well as the colonial European architecture of the churches and other buildings. Because this is a popular holiday spot, there are also many small cafes and boutiques for you to enjoy. You will also visit Shuzhuang Garden, originally a private villa built in 1931, that were opened to public since 1955. After returning to the main island, you will embark on your cruise. 

$295.29 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Mount Wuyi 3-Day Retreat by Bullet Train from Xiamen

Day 1Arrange your time heading for Xiamen North Railway Station according to the bullet train schedule. Collect your bullet train tickets with your passport at Booking Office.  Train code G324 (0857/1201).  Departing Xiamen North Station at 08:57.   Recommend you to arrive at the Xiamen North Railway Station before 08:00 to redeem your round trip tickets.It takes about 3 hours to get Wuyishan North Railway Station.  Take a taxi to hotel in Wuyishan with your own arrangement.Upon arrival at Wuyishan YeoHwa Resort, check-in with your confirmation voucher and passport. Enjoy your free time in the rest of the day. Recommended activities include rafting on the Nine Bend Stream to appreciate its serene beauty of the gorges on the bank, meandering on the ancient street with Song Dynasty structure style adjacent to Wuyi Palace.Wuyishan YeoHwa Resort: the best available hotel within Wuyishan National Park. It wins popularity for its vantage location and thoughtful service approved by several celebrities.Day 2Today you will have the place to yourself within the Wuyi Mountain Scenic Area with our booked admission ticket. The following recommended sites are well worth your time to visit.Water Curtain CaveAs the largest water cavern in Wuyi Mountains, it features the juxtaposition of huge rocks in various shapes and sizes and perpetual creeks and waterfalls, ornamented with pines, canopies of bamboo and flowers.One-Line-Sky Scenic Area (Thread of Sky/Yixiantian)In the southernmost area of the Wuyi Mountains lies an imposing valley stretching from east to west. This site has earned its fame by the narrow linear view from the bottom of the valley. Unvarnished beauty withHeavenly Tour PeakStanding at 700 meters above sea level, the peak is accessed via stone steps winding all the way with the narrowest part measuring only 30 cm. The western and eastern portions of the peak displays sharp contrast, the former presenting volcanic or plutonic rocks while the latter is of distinctive Danxia landform with red sandstone.Day 3Today you will head back to Xiamen by bullet train.   Take a taxi to train station with your own arrangement.Train code D2325 (0830/1211).  Departing Wuyishan North Station at 08:30.

$118.51 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Combo: Overnight in Hakka Tulou plus 2-way transfers from Xiamen

Pickup Meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel in Xiamen.  Your driver will find you by eye contact, you will also be informed an urgent contact number in your voucher.  An English speaking local tour operator is your backup support. Coach transfer to Xiamen Fanghu Long Distance Bus Station .  3.5 hour on the road.  The destination is Hukeng Earth Building Cultural Village.  Xiamen to HukengSome most beautiful Tulou Clusters are located in Hong Keng village, near Hukeng township in Yongding County. Pickup from your hotel lobby at 07:30.  Please show up 10 minute prior, tell the front desk that you are waiting for a driver for pickup,  Your driver does not speak in English, he will find you by eye contact.   Your driver will give you a bus ticket.  Transfer to Long distance bus station.  Bus leaves at 08:30.  Please get off at “Earth Building Cultural Village”, one stop before the terminal station “Hu Keng”.  The local tour operator will send you a confirmation voucher.  "Please drop me off at Earth Building Cultural Village" is printed both in Chinese and English on your voucher.  Show the bus driver this voucher. Once arrive, you will be picked up from the bus terminal.   A hotel staff holding your name sign will take you to the hotel for tonight.  Your hotel is in 15 minute walking distance.  The hotel owner's cell phone number is also printed on your voucher.   You will stay in a family hostel in Fuyulou Cluster for tonight.  You are free to explore all Tulou Clusters by yourself. The most famous one is Zhenchenglou Tulou Cluster. You can also visit Hakka families  to learn more about their culture. Fuyulou ClusterIt is located in a traditional 130 years old Hakka architecture of Fuyulou Cluster, originally 160 rooms. The villager renovated 20 rooms with simple facilities of bed and breakfast. The rooms are clean and tidy. The cluster is quite near the famous Zhenchenglou Cluster. After the crowd of tourists leaves, you will find out the life in cluster keep the same way as hundreds of years ago. Zhenchenglou ClusterLocated in Hong Keng village, Hukeng township of Yongding County. 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, and the inner ring is two stories with 32 rooms. The outer ring was partitioned into four segments according to Bagua concept of Chinese Fengshui. Hukeng to XiamenHukeng Earth Building Cultural Village to Xiamen: 7:50am, 12:50pm, 2:50pm (only 3 buses a day)  The returned bus ticket can only be bought from Hukeng Bus Station. Please ask the hotel staff to give you the ticket as soon as you meet him/her. The ticket cost is included in our package.

$113.28 Day Trips & Excursions

Hakka Tulou Cluster and Tianluokeng Tour with hotel pickup from Xiamen

You will be picked up from your hotel in Xiamen.  3 hours coach transfer to Nanjing county where you'll visit the Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster and visit Hakka families in the villages.  Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster On 7th July 2008, Tianluokeng tulou cluster was inscribed as one of 46 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The cluster consists of a square earth building at the center of a quincunx, surrounded by four round earth buildings Buyunlou (square cluster) The square earth building named Buyun building (Reaching the Cloud Building) at the center of the quincunx. It was the first earth building at this site, built in 1796. It is three storeys high, each storey has 26 rooms, four sets of stairs, and a circular corridor in front of the rooms. The Buyun building was burnt down by bandits in 1936, and rebuilt in 1953 according to the original shape. Hechanglou (round cluster) a three-storey-high round earth building. Zhenchanglou (round cluster) It was built in 1930, has three storeys, round shaped, 26 rooms per floor. Ruiyunlou (round cluster) It was built in 1936, three storeys, 26 rooms per floor. Wenchanglou (oval cluster) It was build in 1966, three storeys, 32 rooms per floor.

$119.55 Day Trips & Excursions

HongKeng Hakka Tulou Cluster One Day Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in Xiamen at 8:30AM. You will be driven to Yongding county which approximately takes 3 hours. You will visit Zhenchenglou Tulou Cluster in Hong Keng. You can also visit Hakka families within the villages. Zhenchenglou ClusterInscribed 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. Fuyulou ClusterIt is located in a traditional 130 years old Hakka architecture of Fuyulou Cluster, originally 160 rooms. Only 20 rooms are renovated and open to public. Hakka History The Hakka were originally immigrants from northern China who settled in the southern provinces. From the 17th century onwards, population pressures drove them more and more into conflict with their neighbours. As rivalry for resources turned to armed warfare, the Hakka began building communal living structures designed to be easily defensible. These Tulou Clusters, were often round in shape and internally divided into many compartments for food storage, living quarters, ancestral temple, armoury etc.  Option 1:  Same day return Leave Hongkeng at about 16:00.  Back to your hotel in Xiamen at 19:00. Option 2:  Next day return Tonight you will stay in a family inn built in the traditional cluster of Fuyulou. The rooms are clean and tidy. The cluster is quite near the famous Zhenchenglou Cluster. After the crowd of tourists leaves, you will find out the life in cluster keep the same way as hundreds of years ago.   The owner of this Tulou cluster offers simple facilities of bed and breakfast.   Your tour guide and driver will stay overnight and take you back to Xiamen next day.

$182.92 Multi-day & Extended Tours

FujianTulou Cluster Tour with accommodation in Chuxi and transfers from Xiamen

Day 1  Xiamen - Hongkeng - ChuxiYou will be picked up from your hotel at 8:30AM. You will then be transferred to Chuxi Tulou in Yongding County. It takes approximately 3 hours to drive to Chuxi from Xiamen.   The first stop is to visit Toulou clusters in HongKeng. Zhenchenglou Cluster  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.  The 2nd stop is Chuxi. Chuxi:Located in Yongding County, Xiayang township, Chuxi village. Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage site 1113-001. In Chuxi Village, there are five round clusters and many square clusters, scatted on mountains. A small path made of cobblestones links these clusters. Behind the buildings are terraced hills and dense forests. The most well-known clusters are Jiqinglou, Yuqinglou, Gengqinglou, Shengqinglou, Shanqinglou and, Xiqinglou. Jiqinglou ClusterThe largest round tulou, and also the oldest in this cluster, built in 1419 during the reign of Emperor Yongle of the Ming dynasty. It consists of two concentric rings, the outer ring building is four storeys tall, with 53 rooms on each level. The outer ring has 72 staircases. The second ring is a one-storey building. Yuqinglou ClusterThree massive round clusters are situated near the entrance of Chuxi village, Yuqinglou is the one on the left. It was firlst built in 1900. Last renovation was in 2010. The house owner Mr. Xu turned it into a family-runned hotel, simply facilities for bed and breakfast. Some rooms have shower and toilet, many rooms do not have, you need to go to the first floor for public toilet. Rooms are quite clean anyway. It is quite an experience to live there. Highly recommend you to find a good place for photos of sunset. You will stay in a room in Yuqinglou for tonight. Day 2  Chuxi - XiamenTransfer to Xiamen by coach.