Xiamen is a popular destination for tourists who travel for sightseeing. The rick cultural relics and scenic natural landscape are the two major attractions of the city. This 2 days tour will show you the essence attraction of the city.
South Putuo Temple, Hulishan Fortress, Gulangyu Island, Zhongshan Road, Yongding Tulou
AM: 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.
Noon: Lunch on your own.
PM: 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. In the late afternoon, you will take a walk on Zhongshan Road for sightseeing and local food exploration.
When the tour ends, you will be escorted back to your hotel in Xiamen downtown area.
At 08:00 the guide and driver will meet you in your hotel lobby. Then we will drive for about 2.5 minutes to Yongding County to visit the special folk house building – Tulou.
Today we will visit the grandest Tulou in Yongding – the Chengqilou Building in Gaobei Village. According to record, the construction of Chengqilou lasted 3 centuries from the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. It has diameter of 73 meters, the corridors are 229 meters long. The whole building consists of three circles of building. The outer circle has 4 layers and is 16.4 meters tall. On each layer there are 72 rooms. The middle circle has 2 layers and one each layer there are 32 rooms. The inner circle is the ancestor worship temple. The whole building has 400 rooms, 3 gates, and 2 wells. There are about 60 families live in the building.
After the visit, we will driver for about 2.5 hours back to your hotel in Xiamen.
The core of our service is excellent travel guides. Over 20 years, we have built up a considerable professional guide team that is knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The most experienced and reliable guides will be arranged for your unique China tour. Our passionate guide team is full of contagious enthusiasm and keen interest to share culture and history in a pleasant manner. We are always glad at your service to lead you to explore a real China and experience authentic local life in China.
Our Driver and Vehicle
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.