“The city is on the sea, and the sea is in the city”, Xiamen is therefore called beautiful “sea garden”. Located at the southeastern tip of Fujian Province, it is one of the major cities in southern Fujian. All seasons are like spring, surrounded by sea water, and thousands of egrets live here. This 4 days Xiamen private tour package will show you some of the most classic attractions of the city like South Putuo Temple, Hulishan Fortress, Gulangyu Island, Tianluokeng Tulou, Taxia Village. They are either historical ones, cultural ones, or the scenic ones. Believe you will be deeply impressed by what the city offers to you.
*Explore Hulishan Fortress to compare European and Chinese architectural styles from the Ming and Qing Dynasties
*Enjoy a leisure walk in the charming Gulangyu Island
*Appreciate the charming natural scenery and cultural Tulou buildings in Tianluokeng Tulou Complex and Yunshuiyao Scenic Area
*Stay one night in Taxiacun Village of Tianluokeng Tulou Complex, to further enjoy the real Hakka culture
*With private driver and English guide, as well as our 10+ years experience, you will love your tour and completely feel the magic of this wonderland.
- Day 1: Xiamen Arrival (No meal)
After your arrival in Xiamen, our guide and driver will meet you at airport or train station by holding the board with your name. Then transfer to check in the hotel. Enjoy your free time in the rest of the day.
- Day 2: XiamenSouth Putuo Temple, Hulishan Fortress, Gulangyu Island (Breakfast + Lunch)
At 08:30, our guide and driver will greet you in your hotel lobby. In the morning we will explore the downtown area. The first destination would be South Putuo Temple. The temple was originally built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and got its first name “Sizhou Temple”. In the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) it was abandoned. In the following Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) the temple was rebuilt and it was preserved till today. Next we will visit Hulishan Fortress. The fortress was built in late 19th century when China was threatened by foreign invaders.
After lunch on your own, we will move to visit Gulangyu Island which stands opposite to Hulishan Fortress in the west. After a 20 minutes ferry, you will set foot on the island and then enjoy your relaxing time. You will visit the largest old villa on the island at Hi Heaven, where you can also enjoy ancient South music performance and traditional puppet show. Shuzhuang Garden will open up a surprising sea view in front of you as you walk amongst its deliberately designed layout with lush plants, corridors, and rock formations. An amazing collection of rare old pianos inside the Piano Museum will walk you through a rough development history of piano.
When the tour ends, you will be escorted back to your hotel in Xiamen downtown area.
- Day 3: Xiamen – Nanjing Tulou – XiamenTianluokeng Tulou, Taxia Village (Breakfast + Lunch)
In the morning, the English speaking guide and driver will pick you up from Xiamen downtown hotel, drive around 2.5 hours to Nanjing and visit Tianluokeng Tulou Complex and Yunshuiyao Scenic Area.
Tianloukeng wins its loud fame in the unparalleled overviews of the Tulou group: one Tulou sits in the middle and the other four Tulou cluster together around it. Maybe you have seen the scene many times on those classic publicity photos of Tulou, it’s still astonishing when you stand on the Upper Viewing Platform to behold the UFO-like Tulou buildings. That’s not a joke. These Tulou buildings had been thought of as nuclear bases by the CIA. From the Lower Viewing Platform, you could catch the sights of Tulou from a closer angle.
Yuchanglou is the most famous Tulou in Tianluokeng. You might think it too common with nothing special when seeing Yuchanglou from outside, but you will realize that you were wrong once you step into the gate: the columns on the corridors are slanted! How could such a huge building be supported by lean columns! Stay calm and no worry for the safety to keep visiting here. Yuchanglou has suffered from rain, wind, and earthquakes in the past 700 years but still survived well.
Taxia Village depicts a picturesque countryside view where the visitors could get real relief from the busy life and work. A stream meanders out from the valley, the beautiful bridges are over it every other mile, ducks are chasing one after another in the water…the 42 Tulou buildings stand in such a peaceful environment to witnesses how their people make life and develop for generations. Deyuantang (Zhang’s Family Temple) is an outstanding view in Taxia Village. Through the grand building and beautiful decorations inside, you can read the ever glory of this large family.
Yunshuiyao, with the ever name of Changjiao Village, has been well known in China mainly because the Movie Yunshuiyao had been shot here. Different from those archaistic villages or towns, the dwelling houses, streets, markets, trees along the roads, and the scattered Tulou in Yunshuiyao could be traced with profound histories.
Huaiyuanlou had been a private school for the large family in ancient times where you still find many relics and learn the private education culture of ancient Chinese families.
After the visit, drive back to Xiamen.
- Day 4: Xiamen Departure (Breakfast)
At confirmed time, our guide and driver will meet you in hotel. Then transfer to airport / train station for departure.
- All entrance tickets as mentioned in itinerary
- Chinese style lunch as noted in itinerary
- All private transfer between airports, hotels and scenic spots
- Air-conditioned car and driver, English speaking tour guide
- Hotel charge
- One bottle of mineral water per day
- Personal expense