Xiamen Gulangyu Island
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Tour Overview

Xiamen has seen growing popularity among tourists in recent years thanks to its enjoyable living environments, impressive Hakka Tulou buildings (the main character’s home in Disney’s live-action film Mulan), amazing natural beauty, tropical feel, and historical colonial-style relics.

This 3 days Xiamen tour package is for you to uncover the most classic highlights of Xiamen. You will see various-styled Tulou buildings at one time in Hongkeng Village, appreciate the exquisite architecture and pray for health and wealth in South Putuo Temple, and enjoy leisure time, exotic alleys and architecture, and scenic seaside views in Gulangyu Island… The charming Xiamen is waiting for you.

Highlights of this tour:

*Walk into the Tulou building which is the main character’s home in Disney’s live-action film Mulan and gain an insight into Hakka culture.
*Take a ferry to Gulangyu Island where the colonial buildings and museums are narrative, revealing the past history. 
*Drive along the scenic Island Ring Road to appreciate the awesome tropical coastal scenery. 
*Conduct a healing and inspiring worship with peaceful scenery at South Putuo Temple.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to our 3 days Xiamen tour! Please make your own way to Xiamen and arrive at Xiamen Gaoqi Airport between 10 am-11:00 am.

    Upon your arrival at the airport, the local English-speaking guide and driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name. After collecting all passengers at the airport, you will start the exploration.

    You will be accompanied to the South Putuo Temple which is just a stone's throw away from the Xiamen University. Firstly built in the Tang Dynasty, this is a 1000 years old temple drawing many tourists to pray for health and wealth. The many Buddha halls here are in typical Southern Chinese architecture style with outstanding brackets, intricate roofs, overhanging eaves, angled cornices, etc.

    Then, continue your visit to Wanshi Botanical Garden, a beautiful botanical garden houses over 7000 species of plants and various rock landscapes.

    Last, transfer to a local hotel for overnight.

    Accommodation: Boutique hotel in Xiamen

    South Putuo Temple in Xiamen
    South Putuo Temple

  2. After the hotel breakfast, drive around 2.5 hours to Yongding and visit Hongkeng Tulou Complex.  With scores of Tulou buildings scattered along the Hongkeng River, a visit here will offer you the most various Tulou buildings of different scales, styles, shapes, and dates. Your expert guide will lead you to visit some of its best.
    1 km away from the entrance gate is the eye-catching Zhencheng Lou, one of the largest and best-preserved Tulou buildings in Hongkeng. It is a double ring Tulou with the outer ring in 4 storey and inner ring in 2 storey. It is still an inhabited building where you will come across a combination of Greek-style decorations and traditional Chinese garden style and Bagua layout. One of the most renowned five-phoenix-style Tulou buildings, Fuyu Tulou features its Chinese-style halls with overhanging eaves, large sloped roofs, excellent carvings, and decoration.
    Kuiju Tulou is a layered square building built in the Potala Palace style. Besides the architecture style, it also highlights the valuable sculptures, and colored paintings of vivid birds, pavilions, figures.
    At the end of the visit, drive back to Xiamen for overnight.Accommodation: Overnight in Xiamen

    Zhencheng Lou
    Zhencheng Lou

  3. On the agenda today is an exploration of Gulangyu Island. After a 20 minutes ferry, you will set foot on one of the most scenic places in Xiamen, even Fujian Province. What waiting for you is a series of colonial-style buildings, relic sites of embassies, mansions, villas, and museums narrating the historical stories of this little islet.

    Ancient buildings in Gulangyu Island, Xiamen
    Ancient buildings in Gulangyu Island

    Roam along the shady serpentine alleys, you will encounter the Hi Heaven (Hai Tian Tang Gou) which is the largest among all the old villas on Gulangyu. It stands out from other exotic buildings for combining the Chinese and Western-style. Walk into the famous Shuzhuang Garden to uncover the inner layout and decorations of a classic Chinese garden. You can expect a visual feast with lush trees, flowering plants, rock formations, delicate pavilions with flying eaves, corridors, gardens, and ponds. The Piano Museum in the garden will bring you into the world of nearly 100 precious pianos.
    In the afternoon, drive along Huandao Road (Island Ring Road) to seek the tropical feel. A scenic coastal road, Huandao Road will excite your eyes with clean beaches, fishing villages, greenish trees, and nice seaside scenery from the Yanwu Bridge. Then, head to the Shapowei Art Zone and be introduced to genuine local culture, street art, and popular entertainment. At the end of the 3 days Xiamen tour, your driver will escort you to the airport for departure. Note: Please depart Xiamen airport after 6 pm.

    Shapowei Art Zone
    Shapowei Art Zone

Price Includes

  • Private land transportation in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver;
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide service as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Main entrance tickets as listed in the itinerary;
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in 4 star hotel with daily breakfasts (twin-sharing room);
  • One bottle of water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance;
  • Government taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Any optional golf car/battery car/shuttle bus/horse ride/boat cruise etc. inside the attractions;
  • Any meal (the tour guide will help you to order and purchase at local restaurants for you to pay in cash);
  • Gratuities are highly appreciated if you think we did a great job;
  • Flights.
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