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Tour Overview

This 5 days Xiamen, Tulou, and Mt. Wuyi tour will take you to discover 3 World Heritage protected sites in Fujian Province – Gulangyu Island, Fujian Tulou Buildings, and Mount Wuyishan. Be escorted by our local expert guide, you’ll encounter thousands of colonial buildings, sandy beaches, and lovely gardens in Gulangyu, get a glimpse into traditional dwellings and life of Hakka people in the mountainous area when visiting Hongkeng Tulou Complex, and enjoy the ultimate sightseeing and relaxation at Wuyi Mountain.

Highlights of this tour:

1. A leisure walk in the charming “International Architectural Expo” – Gulangyu Island.
2. Visit the 1,000-year-old South Putuo Temple to pray for health and wealth.
3. Enjoy a fantastic discovery of Yongding Tulou and admire those marvelous earthen buildings that appeared in the Disney live-action movie Mulan.
4. Hiking up to Mount Wuyi to find different caves on the mountain. Take a bamboo raft fitted with rattan chairs to float along the Jiuqu Stream, watch the hanging boat coffins on the cliff, and enjoy the natural beauty of the land.
5. Enjoy a super-comfortable stay throughout, highlighted by Wuyi Mountain C&D Resort, where you can enjoy a free pool and gym, or a relaxing spa for an extra fee.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Upon your arrival at Xiamen Airport (please land at Xiamen airport by noon), the local English-speaking guide and driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name.

    Your exploration begins with South Putuo Temple, which is a 1,000 years old Buddhist resort in southern Fujian.

    It is not only a popular place for tourists to pray for health and wealth, but also a good place to taste delicious vegetarian food. With the Wulao Peak as background, the temple can also provide a great hiking chance if you have enough time.

    After the visit, drive to a local hotel for check-in.

    Accommodation: Xiamen

    South Putuo Temple in Xiamen
    South Putuo Temple

  2. This morning, we will drive about 2.5 hours to visit the Hongkeng Tulou Complex. Nestled in the terraced fields, Hongkeng Tulou Complex boasts various earthen buildings of different dynasties and sizes. Today, you will visit some of the top ones in this scenic spot.

    Zhencheng Lou is one of the most famous ones in this area, which is also widely known as “the prince of tulou”. The Zhencheng Tulou is a perfect mix of Chinese and Western culture, with its outer ring being constructed based on the Chinese Baguo concept, and the inner side being decorated in western style.

    Fujian Tulou Building - Zhencheng Lou
    Zhencheng Lou

    Kuiju Building is in the shape of a rectangle, being constructed in a palace structure. To see from a distance, the building looks like the famous Potala Palace.

    The Family Temple of Lin and Tianhou Palace standing on the left and right of the Zhencheng Building are also worthy of a leisure visit.

    At the end of the visit, drive back to Xiamen overnight.

    Accommodation: Xiamen

  3. Today, you will enjoy a leisure exploration of Gulangyu Island before you head to Wuyi Mountain.

    A 20 minutes ferry ride will take you to Gulangyu Island which has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the numerous historical European consulates and Chinese-style mansions here.

    Ancient buildings in Gulangyu Island, Xiamen
    Ancient buildings in Gulangyu Island

    You will visit the largest old villa on the island - the Sea Heaven, where you can also enjoy classical music performances and traditional puppet shows.

    Then head to the Shuzhuang Garden nestled between sea and cliff. Being built in an ingenious layout, the garden is famous for its beautiful seascape hidden in the elegant pavilions, bridges, and rocks. The garden is also home to the world-class Piano Museum where you can meet various time-honored pianos and learn about piano history.

    Shuzhuang Garden in Xiamen
    Shuzhuang Garden

    Later, continue your visit to the beautiful island ring road - Huandao Road, and pay a visit to the graceful Yanwu Bridge.

    At end of the visit, you will head to the train station to catch the afternoon high-speed train to Wuyi Mountain. The local driver there will wait at the train station and later transfer you to the local hotel.

    Accommodation: Wuyi Moutain area

  4. After breakfast, start our discovery of the best essence in Wuyi Mountain.

    First, climb to the top of Heavenly Tour Peak (Tianyou Peak) for a panoramic view of the Danxia mountains, rivers, and forests. If we are lucky, we can get a chance to encounter the sea of clouds that turn the mountainous landscape into a fairyland.

    In the afternoon, a 1.5 hours bamboo raft sailing along the Nine-bend Stream will take you to leisurely enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the banks and to see many hanging boat coffins which is a local ancient funeral culture.

    Nine-bend Stream in Wuyi Mountain
    Bird's-eye View of Nine-bend Stream

    Next is a visit to the Wuyi Palace, an ancient Taoist temple at Wuyi Mountain.

    Next, leisurely wander around Song Street lined with many old-fashioned structures of Song Dynasty styles.

    After the visit, transfer back to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Mount Wuyi

  5. Continue your Wuyi Mountain exploration today. After breakfast, head to the Dahongpao Scenic Area, enjoy a leisure stroll around the Dahongpao tea plantations and meet the Dahongpao tea trees hundreds of years old.

    Dahongpao Tea Plantations in Wuyi Mountain
    Dahongpao Tea Plantations

    Then hike to the Water Curtain Cave to appreciate the awe-inspiring waterfalls pouring from a height of over 100m.

    In the afternoon, head to the train station for departure.

    (If you are planning to take a flight for departure, you can first take a 3-hour train back to Xiamen and fly from Xiamen Gaoqi Airport).

Price Includes

  • 4 nights' accommodation in 4-star comfortable hotels with breakfasts (twin-sharing room);
  • Xiamen-Wuyishan high-speed train tickets (second class seat);
  • Private land transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle with a licensed driver;
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide service;
  • Main entrance tickets as listed in the itinerary;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Any optional golf car/battery car/shuttle bus/horse ride/boat cruise etc. inside the attractions;
  • Lunch or dinner;
  • Flights to/off Xiamen or train from Wuyishan;
  • Single room supplement fee;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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