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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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$38.83 Private & Custom Tours

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. 

$102 Cultural & Theme Tours

Day tour to Tianluokeng Tulou Clusters from Xiamen

After breakfasts, your private guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby. Sit back and relax in a well maintained, air conditioned non smoking private vehicle for a 2.5-hour drive. You will learn from your knowledgeable Tulou travel guide about the history of the Tulou (Hakka Earth Buildings), the local life of the Hakka people, some basic facts of the earth buildings you will visit and other things you should know for this tour. Get off the vehicle, you will first go to the viewing platform to have a bird view of Tianluokeng Tulou Clusters. You will have 20 minutes free time to enjoy the picturesque of the famous "Four Dishes and One Soup" . Don't forget to take some stunning photos like everybody else come here do. Walk down from the viewing platform, the vehicle will take you directly to the village. You will step into this masterpiece of traditional Chinese residential buildings and unveil its mystery by your own eyes. With the help of your Hakka language speaking guide, you could also have a conversation with the inhabitants whose ancestors built this building 650 years ago. After the 1-hour visiting of the Tianluokeng Tulou Clusters, you will go to a local Hakka family to have a traditional Chinese lunch. Enjoy the local Hakka food and their special home made rice wine! Later after lunch, you will continue visit the “rickety building”-Yuchang Building which is the oldest and largest round building known so far. You will see the teetering columns that seems almost to collapse but to your surprise it has undergone seven hundred years of erosion and numerous earthquakes. It has still remained the same as ever and has become a living specimen of ancient residential buildings. Come out of Yuchang Building, you will stroll in Taxia Village along the tranquil river, known as “Zhouzhuang Water Town in south of Fujian”. You will have an inside looking of this typical Chinese Hakka village which is the home to many famous overseas Chinese. Take a look at the ancestral hall, De Yuan Hall where the local Hakka people worship their ancestors. After the tour,  you will have a good rest on the comfortable vehicle during the 2.5-hour drive back to Xiamen. You will be transferred back to your hotel, airport, train station or any other places in downtown Xiamen like a restaurant or a bar if you like.

$98 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private day tour to Chuxi Tulou from Xiamen

After breakfasts, your private guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby. Sit back and relax in a well maintained, air conditioned non smoking private vehicle for a 3-hour drive. You will learn from your knowledgeable Tulou travel guide about the history of the Chuxi Tulou(Hakka Earth Buildings), the local life of the Hakka people, some basic facts of the earth buildings you will visit and other things you should know for this tour. Arrive at the Chuxi Village, you will first go to the observation deck to have a panoramic view of Chuxi Tulou, which had been mistaken for flying saucers or missile base by foreign intelligence before. Cross the Chuxi river you will then go to a local Hakka family to have a traditional Chinese lunch. Enjoy the local Hakka food and their special home made rice wine!  After lunch you will visit the Jiqing Building which has a history of more than 580 years. Have a try on those stairs only built with wood, not a single nail is used. You will then visit the "Hakka Folk Museum" inside of the building to learn more about the Hakka people, local customs and the Hakka Earth Buildings. Go out from the museum,  you will continue to explore the other buildings with various shapes like the square Shengqing Building, round Shanqing Building, Gengqing Building and hexagon Gongqing Building. You will have a chance to visit the local primary school in the village and have an interaction with the pupils. After the tour,  you will have a good rest on the comfortable vehicle during the 3-hour drive back to Xiamen. You will be transferred back to your hotel, airport, train station or any other places in downtown Xiamen like a restaurant or a bar if you like.

$95 Day Trips & Excursions

Private day tour to Prince of Tulou-Hongkeng Earth Building from Xiamen

After breakfasts, your private guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby. Sit back and relax in a well maintained, air conditioned non smoking private vehicle for a 3-hour drive. You will learn from your knowledgeable Tulou travel guide about the history of the Tulou (Prince of Tulou-Hongkeng Earth Building Cluster), the local life of the Hakka people, some basic facts of the earth buildings you will visit and other things you should know for this tour. Arrive at the tourist center, you will first go to the Zhengcheng Building, which is featured as “the prince of the earth buildings” at the World Architecture Model Exhibition held in Los Angeles in April 1986. Later you will visit the "Rice Liter" like earth building-the Rusheng Building, which is the smallest circular building. At noon, you will go to a local Hakka family to have a traditional Chinese lunch. Enjoy the local Hakka food and their special home made rice wine! Later after lunch, you will continue to visit the Fuyu Building -one of the few sumptuous earth buildings, then the  Kuiju Building, inside of which there are still over 100 people living there. At last part of the tour, you will experience the amazing "whispering wall" at the center point of the  Huanji Building. If you pedal hard or speak loudly, you can hear the echo very clearly, just like the "whispering wall" in Temple of Heaven in Beijing.  After the tour,  you will have a good rest on the comfortable vehicle during the 3-hour drive back to Xiamen. You will be transferred back to your hotel, airport, train station or any other places in downtown Xiamen like a restaurant or a bar if you like.

$93 Day Trips & Excursions

Private one day Xiamen and Gulangyu highlight tour

After breakfasts, your private guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby and transfer you to the ferry terminal. Then you will have a 20-minute deluxe ferry to your first highlight of Xiamen, the tranquil Gulangyu Island. Don't forget to take some stunning photos of Xiamen city and the Lujiang Channel on the ferry. Step out of the ferry, welcome to Gulangyu Island-the "garden on the sea".  You'll start your journey by strolling in the elegant alleys and admiring the distinctive architectures. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017,  Gulangyu is filled with the charming colonial buildings such as churches, consulates, etc, it is no doubt a museum of "Architecture of the World". Then you will climb onto the highest peak on Gulangyu-the  Sunlight Rock, admire the bird eye view of this tranquil island. Get down from Sunlight Rock, you will visit the unique seaside park to  Shuzhuang Garden with a world-class  Piano Museum in it, which is the only piano museum in China. After the visit on Gulangyu, you will take the ferry back to the Xiamen island and have an authentic seafood lunch in a popular local restaurant where the locals eat. After lunch, you will have a 30-minute good rest in a well maintained, air conditioned non smoking private vehicle while it takes you to your next highlight of Xiamen-the South Putuo Temple. The temple was first built in Tang Dynasty with over 1000 years of history, you can admire the famous Buddhist cultural relics collection here. Then you will go to your third highlight of Xiamen-the  Hulishan Fortress. Built in the year of 1891, the Hulishan Fortress integrated the styles of Ming and Qing Dynasties. You can touch and even stand on those well-preserved ancient military facilities (such as the gates, walls, emplacements, the barracks, the castle, the trenches and fortifications). Come out of the Hulishan Fortress park, you will have a leisure walk at the famous Island Ring Road at the beach, which is your last highlight of Xiamen. Enjoy the stunning sea view and the tender breeze, this is where your wonderful day ends. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel, airport, train station or any other places in downtown Xiamen like a restaurant or a bar if you like.

$295.72 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.