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Tour Overview

This is a 9-day tour that will take you to Xiamen, Fujian Tulou, and Xiapu Mudflat, where you will have a chance to experience the culture, history, and nature of southeastern China. You will visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as Gulangyu Island and the earthen buildings, and learn about the Hakka people and their unique lifestyle. You will also enjoy the photography opportunities in Ningde and Xiapu, where you will capture the stunning mudflat scenery, the fishermen working on their bamboo rafts and nets, and the life of the people who live on boats.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Visiting Gulangyu Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is famous for its colonial architecture, charming streets, and musical culture.
2. Exploring the earthen buildings in Yongding County, which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites and showcase the Hakka architecture and art.
3. Capturing the stunning mudflat scenery in Ningde and Xiapu, where you can see the fishermen working on their bamboo rafts and nets, the mudflat farming, and the sunset over the sea.
4. Experiencing the local Hakka culture and lifestyle in Taxia Village.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Xiamen, a beautiful coastal city in southeastern China. Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. You can relax and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

  2. Today, you will explore the highlights of Xiamen. First, a ferry ride will take you to Gulangyu Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is famous for its colonial architecture, charming streets, and musical culture.

    Xiamen Gulangyu Island Beach
    Relax on Gulangyu Island Beaches

    Then, take a ferry back to Xiamen and visit South Putuo Temple, a Buddhist temple with a history of over 1,000 years. You will also see Hulishan Fortress, a well-preserved coastal fort that was built in the late Qing Dynasty.

  3. After breakfast, drive to Taxia Village, a picturesque Hakka village that is surrounded by mountains and streams. You will experience the local Hakka culture and learn about their unique lifestyle and customs. The Zhang Family Ancestral Hall is a highlight which is a magnificent building showcasing the Hakka architecture and art.

    Fujian Taxia Village
    Taxia Village

  4. Today, you will visit some of the most impressive earthen buildings in Yongding County, which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These are circular or rectangular structures that were built by the Hakka people as their homes and fortresses.

    You will visit the Chuxi Tulou Cluster, which consists of five large circular buildings and ten smaller ones. And Hongkeng Tulou Cluster, which has more than 40 earthen buildings of different shapes and sizes.

    Fujian Hongkeng Tulou Cluster
    Hongkeng Tulou Cluster

  5. In the morning, catch the train to Ningde, a city that is famous for its stunning mudflat scenery. Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station and take you to your hotel.

    In the afternoon, you will have a chance to capture the beautiful sunset over the mudflat at Xiaohao Beach.

    Fujian Xiapu Xiaohao Village
    Sunset of Xiaohao Village

  6. Xiapu is a paradise for photographers, as it offers a variety of scenes and subjects to shoot. Start your day by shooting the sunrise at Beiqi, where you can see the fishermen working on their bamboo rafts and nets. Then, in Dongbi, you will see the mudflat farming and the sunset scenery. It’s also possible to interact with the local villagers and learn about their culture and history.

    Fujian Xiapu Beiqi Village
    Mudflat in Beiqi Village at Sunrise

  7. Today, you will continue your photography adventure in Xiapu. You will visit Weijiang, where you can see the spectacular view of the mudflat and the sea. And also visit Mantoushan, which is also known as Steamed Bun Mountain, because of its shape. There will be many great opportunities to capture the mudflat and the sunset from different angles and perspectives. After that, get back to your hotel.

    Xiapu Mantoushan
    Mantoushan in Weijiang

  8. You will get up early and head to Huazhu Village, where you can shoot the sunrise over the sea and the bamboo canes. You will also see the local life and activities of the villagers, such as fishing, drying seaweed, and making salt. In the afternoon, visit Yangjiaxi, where you can see more bamboo canes in the sea and the reflections of the clouds and mountains.

    Xiapu Huazhu Village Sunrise
    Sunrise view of Huazhu Village

  9. This morning, take a visit to Yantian, where you can photograph the life of the people who live on boats. You will see how they fish, cook, and wash on their floating homes, and see the contrast between the modern city and the traditional fishing village.

    After that, catch the train back to Xiamen and bid farewell to your guide and driver. You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. We hope you enjoyed your tour and have a safe journey home.

    Xiapu Yantian
    Yantian in Xiapu

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

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;
  • Accommodation and activities as listed in the itinerary;
  • 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;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • China visa;
  • 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 to/off Xiamen.
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