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Private Full-Day Fujian Hakka Tulou and Cultural Trip from Xiamen

Yongding County, China
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While in Xiamen, seize the opportunity to experience rural China and the ways of its ancient Hakka peoples on this private day trip. Travel into Fujian Province, and see the Hakka’s circular ‘tulou’ buildings: fort-like, earthen communal houses. Visit the Chengqilou ‘tulou’ at Gaobei and others in Chuxi and meet a Hakki family over Hakka tea and other delicacies. A tea plantation visit, private transport, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Private full-day Fujian Hakka ‘tulous’ and cultural trip from Xiamen
  • Travel to Fujian Province to experience earth ‘tulou’ dwellings and the customs of the Hakka peoples
  • Visit the huge Chengqilou ‘tulou’ at Gaobei and several ‘tulous’ at Chuxi
  • Explore the circular fort-villages, many dating from medieval times
  • Visit a tea plantation and Hakka family home to try some Hakka tea and food
  • Private transport, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Personalized attention from a private guide
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Air-conditioned Transportation with driver
English-speaking tour guide
Entrance tickets
Local lunch

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Your downtown Xiamen Hotel
Return point: Returns to original departure point

Departure Time

8:00 AM
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.
Stop At:  
Gaobei Tulou Compound
At 8 O'clock in the morning, your driver will transfer you from your hotel lobby to Fujian Tulou in Yongding area of Longyan City in Fujian province which will take approximately 2.5 to 3 hours by car. On the way, you will see banana and coffee plantations. You will stop at a tea field and take a walk in the tea plantation plucking tea leaves or just breathing the fresh air. You will also visit a tea house to watch an artistic Chinese tea ceremony and sip a cup of tasty Chinese tea. 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 including oolong, black, green, white and scented tea. The production techniques for all of these teas except green tea are originated in Fujian province. Fujian is also home to 336 varieties of tea plants which is the largest number in China. By 11:00 am, you will arrive at Gaobei Tulou Cluster and visit Chengqilou, the largest Tulou in this area, which is almost three hundred years old and made up of four concentric circular buildings. This King of Round Earth Building has altogether 400 rooms and used to house 80 families with a total of more than 600 people in its prosperous days. Lunch is at your own expense but your guide will give you ideas and recommendation.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Chuxi Tulou
At 1 o'clock in the afternoon, you will arrive at Chuxi Tulou Cluster and check into the Hakka family hotel. Chuxi Tulou Cluster is situated on the hillside about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Yongding County. There are five circular Tulou buildings and over a dozen of rectangular ones in Chuxi Village. You will visit Jiqinglou, Shengqilou and Yuqinglou, which are typical Hakka earth buildings among Chuxi Tulou Cluster. Jiqinglou was built in 1419 during the reign of Emperor Yongle of Ming Dynasty. Jiqinglou is comprised 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 2,165 square feet (660 square meters) that has three floors with 37 rooms on each floor. Yuqinglou was first built in 1729 but now it is converted into a family hotel. In the afternoon, you will also visit a local family to chat with the host and hostess and learn about their daily life and local customs. Later, climb to the top of a nearby hill to get a bird’s eye view of Chuxi Village. The remaining time of the afternoon will be free for you to stroll around in the village. You will depart from Chuxi Village at 4 pm for heading back to your hotel by 7 pm where this amazing day tour is concluded.
Duration: 2 hours 
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  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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