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Fujian Hakka Fortresses Tour - 3 Days

Destination: Fujian Tuluo
Duration: There Day
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Welcome to Fujian province, home of the Hakka and witness to a colonial past of China. You will start your stay by discovering the beautiful and car-free island of Gulangyu off the coast of Xiamen, far away from the hustle and bustle of big cities and a symbol of early European colonization. Your route will then take you to the discovery of the fascinating Hakka Fortresses (or Tulou in Chinese), a very unique architectural structure.
Full price of this tour (per person in US$):
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US$600/persons 600USD/Person

Day 1 - Xiamen - Gulangyu

Arrival in Xiamen, capital of Fujian Province (just over an hour flight time) which is sometimes still called Amoy in the West.

Upon arrival you will be met by your local guide and taken to the pier before making a crossing of just a few minutes by boat to Gulangyu island (literally meaning ¡°the islet where waves roll like drums¡±), a small but charming island, which is one of a kind and hosts some excellent colonial architecture. Founded in the Ming dynasty, Xiamen was a major trade port in the south of the country, and after several European invasion attempts (Portuguese, British, French and Dutch who all saw the commercial potential of the island), it was ultimately after the Opium Wars in the 19th century that the city became a foreign concession and Gulangyu the home of the European and Japanese colonisers. Today it is a pleasant maze of narrow roads, shaded alleys dotted with banyan trees, palm trees, baroque villas (numbering more 1000 on the island as a whole), and typical Chinese housing. Save for the permanent crowds in the area around the pier, the island offers several secluded corners (including some small beaches), allowing you to get away from the bustle of a Chinese megalopolis and above all its traffic, as cars are banned on the island.

We will take a walk on the island to visit some ancient foreign consulates, churches and art deco style buildings. After admiring the views from the Sunlight Rock, which dominates the entire island, you can also visit, if you wish, the Koxinga Memorial, a statue of a national hero gazing proudly at the mainland.

In China, Gulangyu is also know by the name ¡°Piano Island¡± due to the interest of the locals in this instrument, which was taught in the schools established by the Europeans from 1913, giving rise to some great pianists.

Your day will continue with a visit to the pleasant Shuzhuang garden. Here you can find several pavilions, and pengjing which literally means ¡°countryside in a flowerpot¡± and which is better known as Bonsai, You can even spend the end of your day relaxing on the beach if that's where your feet take you.

Optional: -In the evening you can try the seafood and taste the famous ¡°Xiamen Pie¡±, all the while breathing in the fresh sea air¡­ (Please kindly notice that this dinner is not included in the price.)

-Please consult us for electric car (the only vehicle allowed on the island) option on the island

Day 2 - Gulangyu - Xiamen - Yongding (B,D)
Return to Xiamen by boat and transfer to Yongding (around 200km/125 miles away, taking around 4 hours by road depending on the traffic), a region scattered with spectacular Hakka fortresses, or tulou.

 ¡°Hakka¡± (or ¡°Kejia¡±) means ¡°guest families¡± and refers to a branch of Han people who originate in the central plains of China, today numbering more than 80 million people in the world in total. Made principally of clay and round or square in shape the tulou are impressive fortresses that sometimes housed many hundreds of people and often contained a temple for ancestor worship and a school. Its wells, kitchen, and supply areas made the Hakka fortress an almost autonomous entity and one of the most interesting architectural and sociological sites of the country.

The tulou, some of which are listed under UNESCO's World Heritage project, can be found all over Fujian and Guangdong provinces, but it's close to the town of Yongding where they are most concentrated.
You will start your visit with a trip to the Hongkeng fortresses, where you can find Zhengcheng lou, whose construction dates back to the start of the 20th Century, Kuijiu lou, which is a square style tulou, letting you appreciate the two principal architectural forms of these constructions (a third form, semi-cylindrical, can be seen in Guangdong province and can be visited if you wish to extend your trip ¨C please ask us about this). You will also get to see Rusheng lou, the smallest but probably the best example for observing the Hakka community spirit.

Your visit will end with what is considered as the ¡°King of tulou¡±, Chengqi lou in Gaobei village. This tulou is notable for its size, with 400 rooms and a history dating back to the start of the 18th century.

Family dinner and night in a tulou.

Note: conditions in tulou are basic but charming. Please consult with us if you want to upgrade accommodations

Day 3 - Xiamen (B)
Return journey to Xiamen and visit to the Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, comprising of five fortresses famous for the incredible views of the hills close to Ruiyun lou that they have to offer.

Transfer to Xiamen airport and flight for next destination.

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