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Tulou / Earthen Building Tour - 5 Days

Destination: Xiamen,Nanjing,Yongding
Duration: Five Day
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Fujian Tulou (Earthen Building), a Living World Heritage, is not only the cluster of Hakka culture, but also the most extraordinary type of Chinese rural dwellings. In 2008, a total of 46 Fujian Tulou sites in Nanjing and Yongding County, including Chuxi Tulou Cluster, Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, Hekeng Tulou Cluster, Gaobei Tulou Cluster etc. have been inscribed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.

This tour will guide you to the history and culture of Fujian by visiting popular attractions like Gulangyu Island, Nanjing Earth Buildings and Yongding Earth Buildings. This would be an unforgettable trip in your lifetime!

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):
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US$1000/persons 1000USD

Day 1 Xiamen
Welcome to Xiamen, the Garden City on the Sea! Clear the customs and retrieve your baggage by yourself upon arrival, be greeted by our tour guide in the airport or train station who is holding a sign on which says your name. A comfortable vehicle (non-smoking) with experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you check in. The rest of today is on your own to explore this beautiful city.


Day 2 Xiamen - Nanjing - Yongding (B, L)
After breakfast, take a 3-hour scenic drive to see the earth buildings in Nanjing County. You'll visit Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, Yuchuanglou, and Taxia Village.

After the tour in Nanjing, head to Gaobei Village in Yongding, pay a visit to Chengqilou. Stay overnight in Yongding.

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster: Composed primarily of four round and one rectangular earthen house, it is one of the most magnificent and well-preserved Hakka Castles in the area. The village is also listed in the Famous Historic Cultural Village in China for its typical cultural regional system.

Yuchanglou: Yuchanglou was built in 1308 and is one of the oldest existing Tulou. This five-story earth building is most famous for its tilted pillars. The most extreme is slanted at 15-degree angle. 

Taxia Village: There are more than 20 earthen building of different shapes built along the bank of a clear brook that flows through the entire village.


Day 3 Yongding - Xiamen (B, L)
In the morning, you'll visit Chuxi Tulou Cluster and Hongkeng Tulou Cluster. After the tour, transfer back to Xiamen City.

Chuxi Tulou Cluster: It has the five large circular buildings and ten rectangular buildings. Jiqinglou is the oldest with a history of 600 years and most special round earth buildings in this area. All rooms, stairways and interior walls are constructed with wood and rabbet structure. Not even a single nail is used for the construction and the earth building remains intact after 600 years. Jiqinglou also houses more than 10,000 exhibits about the unique life, history and culture of the Hakka people.

Hongkeng Tulou Cluster: it is the most concentrated of all earthen house clusters. Some of the house designs are unique, including the Zhenchenglou (a magnificent building combining the Chinese style with the western style), Fuyulou (Five-Phoenix House), Kuijulou (a palace style building) and Rushenglou (a mini-sized circular building).


Day 4 Xiamen (B, L)
Today you'll start to visit the cultural relics Hulishan Fortress. Built in 1891, during the Guangxu reign in the Qing Dynasty, it has always been an important landmark in the island's history, also serving a key role to the country defense against the Japanese in 1900 and 1937.

Later, transfer to the ferry for a 5-minute boat trip to Gulangyu Island from Xiamen City. Start to visit Sunlight Rock, the highest point of Gulangyu, to have a panoramic view of both Gulangyu and Xiamen. Also visit to Shuzhuang Garden, a beautiful seaside garden and the famous Piano Museum with a collection of 80-fold rare old pianos from all over the world.

Then, head to South Putuo Temple which first built in Tang Dynasty. It is renowned for its collection of Buddhist cultural relics, such as a Burmese jade carving of the Buddha, some important Buddhist texts. Standing at the top of the Wulao Peak, you can enjoy the bird's eye view of Xiamen University and Xiamen Port.


Day 5 Xiamen Departure (B)
After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel to the airport in time for the scheduled flight to your next destination, or back home. Before that, you can take a rest at the hotel or go for a walk nearby.


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