Start your private tour with a hotel pickup from Xiamen, and travel through Fujian Province to Yongding county in Longyan. On route, hear about the region’s UNESCO-listed Hakka tulou earthen fort-houses, and view rural China, passing lush banana and coffee groves.
Stop at a tea farm, and stroll around a tea plantation, perhaps plucking some leaves. Tea has been grown in Fujian for more than 1,600 years, and the province produces five varieties: oolong, black, green, white, and scented tea. Visit a traditional tea house and observe an intricate Chinese tea ceremony. Watch as the tea is prepared and presented, and savor its delicate flavor.
After about three hours, arrive at Gaobei Cluster, a collection of Hakka tulous, dating from the16th century on. Admire the round buildings, and visit Chengqilou, the largest. Built and expanded over 300 years, this ‘king of tulous’ consists of four concentric ring buildings of 4-, 2- and 1-stories. Head inside to explore the building, home to about 40 households, as your guide details its construction and history.
Break for lunch (own expense) if you wish, perhaps visiting a restaurant recommended by your guide. Then, travel to Chuxi Tulou Cluster, situated on a hillside southeast of Yongding. See some rectangular tulous, and visit three classic round versions: 15th-century Jiqinglou, 18th-century Shengqilou, and Yuqinglou, built in 1729, and now converted into a family hotel.
Next, visit a local Hakka family in Chuxi to learn about their ancient culture. Chat to your hosts and perhaps try some Hakka tea, rice wine, or food as you learn about their everyday life. Then, climb to a hillside viewpoint for bird’s-eye views over Chuxi, and enjoy free time to stroll around the village.
Finally, relax on your ride back to Xiamen, where your trip ends with a hotel drop-off.