Where to travel during the Chinese New Year holiday? Xiamen in the south of China must be on your list! Taking 5 days, you will be able to enjoy the warm sunshine in Gulangyu Island, discover the fabulous Fujian Tulou, and have fun with the wonderland of Wanshi Botanical Garden. Of course, you would have a chance to pray for health and wealth in the South Putuo Temple!
Highlights of this tour: *Enjoy a leisure walk in the charming Gulangyu Island, driving along Xiamen Huandao Road to appreciate the amazing ocean-view *Come to the famous South Putuo Temple to pray for health and wealth, and explore the wonderland of plants in Wanshi Botanical Garden *In-depth exploration to find the hidden culture and stories of Fujian Tulou which reputed as the“Architectural Treasure in the World” and “Oriental Old Castle” *Follow the professional English-speaking tour guide to discover two of the most famous Tulou Complex in Nanjing and Yongding *Enjoy the amazing architecture of“Tulou Prince”in Hongkeng Tulou Complex *Appreciate the charming natural scenery and cultural Tulou buildings in Tianluokeng Tulou Complex and Yunshuiyao Scenic Area
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Gulang Island covers an area of 1.87 square kilometers. Because the holes in the southwestern reefs hit by the waves will make sounds like beating the drum, it got its name Gulang Island, meaning "drum waves". On the island, tourists can find winding coastal lines, natural and gentle seaside bathing grounds with fine sands, and oddly shaped reefs showing superlative craftsmanship, which will make every visitor think a lot.
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 a the Sea 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 the piano.
Later, continue your visit to the famous Huandao Road, pay a visit to Yanwu Bridge and Shapowei Art Zone.
Driving around 2.5-3 hours, you will be arriving at Nanjing and start your visit! The main sights will be 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.
Yuchanglouis 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, transfer to a local hostel in Taxi Village for overnight.
Accommodation: Overnight in Louts Land Hostel in Nanjing
After hotel breakfasts, drive around 1 hour to Yongding and Hongkeng Tulou Complex.
Walking forward for 1km from the entrance gate, you will get to the core of Hongkeng Tulou: Zhenchenglou which is famed as “Tulou Prince” due to the combined features of western and Chinese architectural cultures. The mini circular Tulou, Rushenglou by the stream, with the diameter only 17.4m, contrasts sharply with the gigantic Zhengchenglou. The Family Temple of Lin and Tianhou Palace standing at the left and right of Zhenchenglou are also worthy of a leisure visit.
Please never miss theFuyulou at the other side of the stream is a typical Wufeng Tulou which has unturned eaves like flying phoenix and contains the “five elements” in its construction design. The title of “Potala Palace” of Kuijulou might be exaggerated, but the palatial structures with layer upon layer of eaves indeed make Kuijulou against the hills grander and more splendid.
At the end of the visit, transfer back to your hotel.
Today your exploration begins with South Putuo Temple which is a Buddhist resort in southern Fujian. Many tourists come here to pray for health and wealth since it is a prosperous temple. If you have more time, climbing the Wulao Peak behind the temple is a great experience.
After that, continue your visit to Wanshi Botanical Garden which covers over 4,000 species of plants from south China and Southeast Asia. Here you will see a lot of peculiar plants like golden larch, cactus, etc. The garden has divided into several areas. Among these areas, the Rainforest World and the Sand Plant Area are two of the most popular places which become the No.1 choice for mots photographers.
In the afternoon, you will head to Xiamen airport for departure flight.
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The first mission of our service is to ensure you feel safe and comfortable during your travel. The vehicles we use are air-conditioned, clean and well-maintained. Our drivers are all licensed drivers with many years of driving experience. Moreover, we offer free baby seats for families with little kids.
Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!
Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.
For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.