On this 4 day tour you will explore the majestic world heritage Fujian Tulou – Hakka Residential Earthen House based in Yongding, which is called the kingdom of Fujian Tulou, experience the legendary Hakka culture and immerse the authentic rural life.
What to Expect
Day 1 Xiamen Arrival
Airport transfer, Check in Hotel in Xiamen, Visit Gulangyu Islands in the afternoon. GulangYu Island is in the southwestern of Xiamen city, it takes just 10 minutes by local ferry boat.There are many colonial buildings built after the Opium War, including the Britain, the America, France, German, Spain, etc. There are many famous pianists in China from this island, and the piano ownership rate is the highest in China. This beautiful island has some tourist attractions including Crag of Sunlight and Shuzhuang Garden. It is very relaxing to wander along the winding small paths and hunt for some interesting souvenirs at shops.
Day 2 Yongding
08:00 - Your driver will transfer you to Fujian Tulou in Yongding Area in Longyan City, Fujian Province ( 2.5-3 hour’s drive). On the way, you will see banana plantations and coffee plantations. Stop in a tea field. You will take a walk in the tea plantation plucking tea leaves or just breathing the fresh air. You will also visit a tea house to watch an artistic Chinese tea ceremony and sip a cup of tasty Chinese tea.
According to historical documents, tea has been produced in the Fujian area for more than 1600 years. Fujian province produces 5 different types of tea - oolong tea, black tea, green tea, white tea and scented tea. The production techniques for all of these teas (except green tea) originated in Fujian province. Fujian is also the home of 336 varieties of tea plant - the largest number in all of China.
11:00 - You will arrive at Gaobei Tulou Cluster and visitChengqilou, the largest Tulou in this area, which is almost three hundred years old and is made up of four concentric circular buildings. This King of Round Earth Building has altogether 400 rooms and used to house 80 families, totaling more than 600 people in its prosperous days.
12:00 - Arrive atChuxi Tulou Clusterand check in the Hakka family hotel. Chuxi Tulou Cluster is situated on the hillside, about 40km southeast of Yongding County. There are five circular Tulou buildings and over a dozen of rectangular in shape in Chuxi village. You will visit Jiqinglou, Shengqilou and Yuqinglou, which are typical of the Hakka earth buildings in Chuxi Tulou Cluster. Jiqinglou was built in1419 during the reign of Emperor Yongle in Ming Dynasty. Jiqinglou is composed of two concentric rings – outer ring and inner ring with four floors. Jiqinglou has 72 staircases dividing the Tulou building into 72 independent Units. Shengqinglou was built in 1799. Covering an area of 660 square meters, three floors with 37 rooms in each one. Yuqinglou was first built in 1729, and now turn into a family hotel.
In the afternoon, you will visit a local family and chat with host and hostess to know about their daily life and local customs. Climb to the top of the nearby mountain and have a bird’s view of Chuxi village. Rest time will be free for you to stroll in the village.
18:00 - Have a real homemade dinner with the local hakka family.
Day 3 Yongding / Shanghang
08:00 - Get up early and trek along the field path in the back mountain of Chuxi to see the beautiful idyllic views. You will also have chance to pick up local fruits and even try the primitive farm work. The terraced fields are built along the sloe-winding riverside up to the mountain top. They look like great chains or ribbons hung on the hillsides as they wind round the contours in tiered bands.
10:00 - Visit Nanxi Tulou Valley, which is called the "Great Wall of Tulou" with more than 100 earth buildings in the valley stretching for 10km. Zhenfulou, Yanxianglou are Recommeded tulous to visit. An optional 2-hour biking trip is availlable there, you can reserve with our tour guide. You can also choose to visit a village school.
13:00 - Head for Meihuashan Nature Reserve. Visit the South-China Tiger Breeding and Research Center. Enjoy the 2-hour trekking through the virgin forest. Meihuashan is located at Mafang village, Buyun town, about 80KM single way from Longyan city to the south Chinese tiger park.Meihua Mountain Nature Reserve was established in 1985, It is 20 kilometers east to west, 19 kilometers long from north to south, with a total area of 225.7 square kilometers, the forest coverage rate reached 89 percent. You can photograph sika (spotted) deers, macaque etc. And you can buy the living prey for the tigers swooping on, and watch the hunted animals being killed by tigers. Usually the tigers are trained to swoop and kill the prey living animals such as goats, sheep, monkey, cattle etc.
18:00 - Check in family hotel in Shanghang Meihuashan Resort.
Day 4 Liancheng / Xiamen
08:00 - Visit Peitian Ancient Village – The “Forbidden City” in the south. The “Forbidden City” in the south and Mount Guanzhai. Being a well preserved ancient Hakka village, Peitian Ancient Village lies on the foot of the major scenic resort of China -- Guanzhai Mountain in Liancheng County, Fujian Province. Since the Ming and the Qing Dynasties, the village has served as a key interchange station connecting official roads to Changting and Liancheng. The history of this "Peitian Ancient Folk House" is more than 800 years, which can date back to the Southern Song Dynasty.
13:00 - After lunch, head back for Xiamen, Arrive at Xiamen Airport at around 16:00.
- Air-conditioned Transportation and driver.
- English-speaking tour guide.
- Accommodation in Hakka Tulou Earthen House with Breakfast.
- Entrance Fees.
- Visit Tea Plantation, Tea-tasting in Hakka Family.
What's Not Included
- Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave Ximen.
- Tips to guide and driver.
- Insurance and Personal Charges such as excess baggage charge, Expenses for extra staying.
Know Before You Go
1. All Meals are excluded: Costs about 30-35RMB each, our tour guide will assist you to order.
2. Tipping Standard: 50-100RMB per day for Tour Guide, 40-50RMB per day for Driver.
3. We are flexible, we can stop on the way for you to look into the local lifestyle.