4 Day Hakka Culture Tour to West Fujian
- Tour Name: 4 Day Hakka Culture Tour to West Fujian
- Best Time to Go: All year round
- Departure: Daily
- Language: English
- Attractions: Xiamen City, Nanjing County, Yongding County, Liancheng County, Longyan City
Your private English-speaking guide will pick you up from the Xiamen Gaoqi Airport. You will then visit the Gulangyu Islands in the afternoon. GulangYu Island is in the southwestern of Xiamen city, it takes just 10 minutes by local ferry boat. There are many colonial buildings built after the Opium War, including Britain, America, France, German, Spain, etc. There are many famous pianists in China from this island, and the piano ownership rate is the highest in China. This beautiful island has some tourist attractions including Crag of Sunlight and Shuzhuang Garden. It is very relaxing to wander along the winding small paths and hunt for some interesting souvenirs at the shops.
08:00: Your driver will take you to Fujian Tulou in Yongding Area in Longyan City, Fujian Province (2.5 - 3 hour’s drive). Along the way, you will see banana and coffee plantations. You will have the chance to stop in a tea field and have the chance to take a walk in the plantation plucking tea leaves or just breathing in the fresh air. You will also visit a tea house to watch an artistic Chinese tea ceremony and sip a cup of the tasty tea yourself. According to historical documents, tea has been produced in the Fujian area for more than 1,600 years. Fujian province produces 5 different types of tea: oolong, black, green, white, and scented. The production techniques for all of these teas (except green tea) originated in Fujian province. Fujian is also home to 336 varieties of tea plant – the largest number in all of China.
11:00: You will arrive at Gaobei Tulou Cluster and visit Chengqilou, the largest Tulou in this area. This cluster is almost three hundred years old and is made up of four concentric circular buildings. This King of Round Earth Building has altogether 400 rooms and used to house 80 families, totaling 600 people in its prosperous days.
12:00: Arrive at Chuxi Tulou Cluster and check in to the Hakka family hotel. Chuxi Tulou Cluster is situated on the hillside, about 40km southeast of Yongding County. There are five circular Tulou buildings and over a dozen ones that are rectangular in shape in Chuxi village. You will visit Jiqinglou, Shengqilou and Yuqinglou, which are typical of the Hakka earth buildings in the Chuxi Tulou Cluster. Jiqinglou was built in 1419 during the reign of Emperor Yongle in Ming Dynasty. Jiqinglou is composed of two concentric rings – outer ring and inner ring with four floors. Jiqinglou has 72 staircases dividing the Tulou building into 72 independent Units. Shengqinglou was built in 1799. Covering an area of 660 square meters, three floors with 37 rooms in each one. Yuqinglou was first built in 1729, and has now been turned into a family hotel. In the afternoon, you will visit a local family and chat with the host and hostess to know about their daily life and local customs. You can also climb to the top of the nearby mountain and have a bird’s eye-view of Chuxi village. Afterward, you will be given leisure time and you will be free to take a stroll in the village.
18:00: Have a real homemade dinner with the local hakka family.
08:00: Get up early and trek along the field path in the back mountain of Chuxi to see the beautiful, idyllic views. You will also have chance to pick local fruits and even try your hands on some primitive farm work. The terraced fields are built along the sloe-winding riverside up to the mountain top. They look like great chains or ribbons hung on the hillsides as they wind round the contours in tiered bands.
10:00: Visit Yantai Village, one of the most beautiful hakka village, where you will see the breathtaking scenery of terraced rice fields, and feel the best communal living atmosphere.
14:00 Visit Nanxi Tulou Valley, which is called the "Great Wall of Tulou" with more than 100 earth buildings in the valley stretching for 10km. Zhenfulou, Yanxianglou are recommended tulous to visit. An optional 2-hour biking trip is available there, be sure to reserve with your tour guide. You can also choose to visit a village school.
18:00: Check in Yanxianglou Family Hotel in Nanxi Village, Hukeng Town.
08:00: Head to Liancheng to visit the Peitian Ancient Village – the Forbidden City in the south. Being a well preserved ancient Hakka village, Peitian Ancient Village lies on the foot of the most scenic resort in China -- Guanzhai Mountain in Liancheng County, Fujian Province. Since the Ming and the Qing Dynasties, the village has served as a key interchange station connecting official roads to Changting and Liancheng. The history of this "Peitian Ancient Folk House" is more than 800 years, which can date back to the Southern Song Dynasty.
15:00: After lunch, you will head back to Xiamen and arrive at the Xiamen Airport at around 18:00.
We can check the flight schedule and availability as per your request.
- Return airfare including air taxes
- Meals plan as per your request
- Entrance fees and meals as mentioned
- Private car or van with English speaking guide
- Three nights' accommodation at the designated Hotels above with daily breakfast
- Tips to your tour guide and driver
- Travel insurance