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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 Gulangyu Island, 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. 

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Private Day Tour To Tianluokeng Tulou from Xiamen Including Lunch

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Zhangzhou Tianluokeng Village, Nanjing County, FujianAfter 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. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Yuchang Building, Nanjing County, FujianAfter 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. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ta'xia Village, Nanjing County, FujianCome 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.Duration: 1 hour

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Private Day Tour To Chuxi Tulou From Xiamen Including Lunch

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Chuxi Tulou, Yongding County, FujianAfter 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! Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Hakka Culture Village of Yongding, Yongding County, FujianAfter 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.Duration: 2 hours

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Private Day Tour To Hongkeng Earth Building from Xiamen Including Lunch

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Yongding Earth Building, Yongding County, FujianAfter 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.Duration: 4 hours

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Private One Day Xiamen And Gulangyu Highlight Tour Including Lunch

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Gulangyu Island, Xiamen, FujianAfter 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. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Riguang Mountain, Xiamen, FujianStep 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. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Xiamen Shuzhuang Garden, Xiamen, FujianGet 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.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Nanputuo Temple, Xiamen, FujianAfter 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. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Huli Mountain Fort, Xiamen, FujianThen 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).Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kulangsu Huandao Road, Xiamen, FujianCome 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.Duration: 1 hour

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Private one day Xiamen culture and history tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The eighth seafood Market, Xiamen, FujianAfter breakfasts, your private guide will pick you up at your hotel lobby and first transfer you to the 8th Seafood Market to start your one day Xiamen Culture and History journey. As one of the 9 major food markets in Xiamen that was built a century ago, the 8th Seafood Market is the only one that survived from the war and countless disturbances in modern history of China. Now you will explorer this century-old food market with your own eyes, touch and feel the vivid scenes of local people's life that has taken place every day since the 1920's.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Zhongshan Road Walking Street, Xiamen, FujianStep out of the seafood market, at the end of the alley, you will find out that there are more crisscrossed alleys extending in all directions. This is the traditional Xiamen old city quarter. You will find the earliest Catholic church in Xiamen-the Bamboo Tree Chapel, the oldest post office, the old iron street... Here, every street, every old building is telling its own story. At the other side of the quaint dark and noisy alleys, there are skyscrapers, traffic, bright dazzling and prosperous modern city roads. Such a mixed feeling, one century in a minute!Duration: 1 hourStop At: Nanputuo Temple, Xiamen, FujianFinish the one hour strolling in the old city quarter, you will have a good rest in a well maintained, air conditioned nonsmoking private vehicle for about 20 minutes. Then you will be transferred to Nanputuo Temple-the over 1000 years old Buddhism temple that was firstly built in the Tang Dynasty! Now as one of the most important temples in China, Nanputuo Temple is famous for its architecture, art and cultural relics and the vegetarian meals which you will have for lunch. You will have 1 hour to explore the temple before lunch time. If you don't like vegetarian for lunch, you will have lunch in a popular local restaurant nearby.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Huli Mountain Fort, Xiamen, FujianAfter lunch, you can have another rest in the vehicle for about 20 minutes and will be transferred to Huli Mountain Fort-a late 19th-century stronghold blending Ming and Qing architectural styles with European influences. You will see how China protected itself 120 years ago and learn about what kind of weaponry the army used during that time.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Huandao Road Muzhan Avenue, Xiamen, FujianAfter the one hour visiting of Huli Mountain Fort, you will then have a leisure walk on the famous Xiamen Island Ring Road-a gorgeous coastal road with pedestrianized wooden walkways and cycle paths, the ring road offers extensive views of the coast, a scattering of popular beaches, and some seaside highlights.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Jimei School Village, Xiamen, FujianA 30 minutes’ walk along the coastline should make you a little tired, now all you need to do is sit back and have a good rest in the vehicle while it takes to the last highlight of the tour-Jimei School Village. It will be a 30 minutes’ drive and along the way, you will enjoy the beautiful skyline of east coast of Xiamen Island as well as the magnificent Jimei Bridge which is one of the 5 traffic arteries between Xiamen Island and the main land. Get off the vehicle, you are now at one of China’s more distinctive architectural and educational institutions. Jimei School Village was founded by the business magnate Tan Kah Kee. After making his fortune abroad, he returned and endowed his fortune in educational institutions. As a result, the Jimei High School, a massive Chinese-Gothic structure situated along a lake, ranks as one of the world's most beautiful high schools. Now take your time and enjoy the stunning view. This is where your wonderful tour 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. Thank you for travelling with us!Duration: 1 hour