Duration: 3 daysDestination: Xiamen – Yongding – NanjingTime to visit: all year
Fujian province is one of the most historic area in mainland China, which has plenty of cultural heritage leaving behind by our ancestor. The journey starts from Xiamen, beautiful seaport city with Gulangyu Island; then dirve into the villages in the mountains south and west of Fujian for the magical Chinese Architecture Tu Lou, the earthen buildings of Hakkas.
Gulangyu Island is world reknown for its tranquil and enchanting environment, the only residential island in China without any vehicles and full of plants and gardens. And the western style buildings that the celebrities used to live are mainly preserved well. Besides, the island is also famous for the piano, there can be indicated that plenty of world famous Chinese pianist and composers are borned and lived in this small island.
The unadorned Tu lou are either round or square, and huge (10-17 meters’ high); and were designed as a fortress and apartment building in one. The structures typically had only one entranceway and no windows at ground level. Each floor served a different function – the first hosts a well and livestock, the second is for food storage and the third and higher floors contain living spaces. Hakka people still live in the houses, you can see the everyday scence of the residents: elderly and children alike, full of life: chicken, ducks and dogs, and people cooking, washing clothes and working in the houses. The houses are nestled in beautiful villages and landscape (rivers, rich trees and blossom and very pleasant weather.
Itinerary at a glance
DAY 1 Beijing – Xiamen (L, by air)
Arrive Xiamen Airport, transfer to the hotel.
Then Visit Gulangyu Island with round-trip shuttle ship :Shuzhuang Garden, Piano Museum, Hi Heaven Museum with Puppet show and Nanyin Opera if lucky.
Overnight in Xiamen Hotel or similar.
DAY 2 Xiamen – Hakka earthen Building (BLD)
Full day expedition to see Hakka Earth Building (Tulou).
After Breakfast, transfer to Nanjing, the hometown of the Hakka earthen Buildings, Upon arrival Tianluokeng group ,which is fantastic combination of 4 round buildings and a square building,have Lunch in local restaurant then begin trekking in the Earthen Buildlings, take a deep breath in the wonderful countryside and explore the local’s life in those exceptional buildings which can be traced back for more than 3000 years. In the evening, transfer to Yongding.
Overnight in a local Hakka Earthen Building (Zhenchenglou or Fuyulou) or similar (only has public toilet).
DAY 3 Hakka earthen buildings – Xiamen – Beijing (BL, by air)
Half day trekking in Yongding Tulou. visit Zhencheng Building (nicknamed “the prince” of round Tulou), Rusheng (smallest one); Fuyu (rich landlord courtyard style); Quiju (Putala palace style) and Chengqi (with most ring layers). Jiqing buildings, the most completed and oldest tu lou in Yongding county .After lunch,transfer to Xiamen airport. End of the tour.