Experience the best of Xiamen in 3 days! Explore the city’s gems and surrounding wonders with a blend of culture, history, and scenic adventures. Ride along Huandao Road for stunning coastal views and visit Gulangyu Island, known for its colonial architecture and serene gardens. Delve into the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fujian Tulou, marveling at the unique communal buildings crafted by the Hakka people. Discover the local lifestyle and architecture. Explore Nanputuo Temple, a historical Buddhist site from the Tang Dynasty, and ascend Wulao Peak for breathtaking bird’s-eye views of Xiamen’s beauty. This tour offers a delightful blend of Xiamen’s rich culture, history, and captivating scenery.
2. Visit Gulangyu Island, a charming island that is famous for its colonial architecture, museums, and gardens. Explore Sunlight Rock, Shuzhuang Garden, and Piano Museum.
3. Witness the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Nanjing Tulou, the earthen buildings that were built by the Hakka people as communal residences and fortresses. See the unique architecture and lifestyle of the locals.
4. Marvel at the Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, which consists of four round and one square tulou. These buildings are arranged in a pattern that resembles the Chinese character for “heaven”.
- Day 1: Xiamen - Discovering the CityGulangyu Island, Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street
When you arrive in Xiamen, a warm greeting awaits you from your guide and driver. They'll whisk you away to your city center hotel where you can settle in and unwind.
In the afternoon, get ready for an adventure! Hop on a ferry for a delightful 20-minute cruise to Gulangyu Island. This charming spot is renowned for its colonial-style buildings, museums, and beautiful gardens. You'll explore Sunlight Rock, the highest point on the island, providing an incredible panoramic view. Don't miss the enchanting Shuzhuang Garden with its pavilions and bridges. And for music lovers, the Piano Museum showcasing rare antique pianos from around the world is a must-visit.
As evening approaches, return to Xiamen via ferry and take a leisurely stroll along Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street. It's a bustling area filled with shops and eateries where you can sample local treats, pick up souvenirs, and relish the vibrant nightlife. Finally, your guide and driver will accompany you back to your hotel after a wonderful day.
- Day 2: Xiamen - Nanjing Tulou - Xiamen - Embracing HistoryNanjing Tulou, Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, Yuchang Building, Taxia Village
Start your day with a hearty breakfast before your guide and driver pick you up from the hotel for a journey to Nanjing County. Here lies the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nanjing Tulou, extraordinary earthen buildings crafted by the Hakka people for communal living and defense. These unique circular and square structures can house hundreds of residents. Your first stop is the Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, featuring four round and one square tulou arranged in a pattern resembling the Chinese character for "heaven". Climb to a viewing platform for a stunning bird's eye view of the cluster.
Next, visit the iconic Yuchang Building, the oldest and tallest tulou, famous for its tilted pillars due to a construction mistake, yet standing strong for over 600 years. Marvel at the ingenious design and rich history of this structure.
Following this, head to Taxia Village, a picturesque spot surrounded by nature, showcasing over 20 tulou of different shapes and sizes. Explore the Zhang Clan Ancestral Hall, which narrates the history and culture of the influential Zhang family. In the afternoon, return to Xiamen and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
- Day 3: Xiamen & Departure - Coastal DelightsHuandao Road, Nanputuo Temple, Wulao Peak
Start your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a coastal journey. Huandao Road, a scenic coastal route, offers breathtaking views of the sea and the city. You can rent a bike and cycle along the Huandao Road which is the best way to experience the coastal beauty of Xiamen. Start your adventure from Zengcuoan, a village turned cultural hub. En route, you'll pass historical landmarks and feel the breeze, and hear the ocean waves as you pedal along the shimmering coastline. Your cycling journey will end at the Xiamen International Conference & Exhibition Center, and the whole trip will take about an hour and cover 8.5 kilometers.
Following the cycling adventure, visit Nanputuo Temple, a renowned Buddhist temple dating back to the Tang Dynasty. Admire its exquisite architecture and serene ambiance. Take a 20-minute walk to Wulao Peak behind the temple for a spectacular panoramic view of Xiamen University, and the neighboring islets amidst the blue sea.
After the visit, your guide and driver will accompany you to the airport or railway station for your departure, marking the end of your memorable Xiamen tour. Wishing you a safe and pleasant journey!