Fujian: Meet the Hakka people

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4 Days
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Xiamen
Xiamen

Experience the hospitality of Fujian’s Hakka people and their unique tulou dwellings, mighty fortifications of earth and stone that house up to 80 families. You’ll also savor the sea air of Xiamen, China’s loveliest coastal city, and hop over to the colonial-era isle of Gulangyu.

About this Journey

Learn about the customs and way of life of the Hakka people in the southern province of Fujian. The Hakka are a subgroup of Han Chinese with their own language, culture, and in Fujian, their own type of UNESCO World Heritage earthen rural dwellings. Called tulou, these enormous circular residences housed up to 80 families and were built to withstand attack. Drop by Hakka villages, explore the European-style architecture of Xiamen and the island of Gulangyu, and enjoy the pleasant weather of Fujian, said to be “eight parts mountain, one part water, and one part farmland.”

What we love
  • Visiting Chengqi House, one of the largest examples of tulou home to over 600 people
  • Exploring the car-free island of Gulangyu by walking along its winding roads through colonial-era architecture and relaxing on its charming beaches
Where you're going
Itinerary

Day 1Xiamen & Gulangyu

Travel by ferry to Gulangyu, a peaceful island famed for its winding roads and beaches where the use of cars is prohibited • Explore Gulangyu’s colonial-era architecture, including churches, consulates and hospitals established by 13 countries including France, Japan and Great Britain

Day 2Yongding

Explore Tianluokeng’s tulou, which range from three to five stories high • Visit Chengqi House, one of the largest examples of these structures and home to 80 families of over 600 people

Day 3 - 4Yongding to Xiamen

Explore the tulou of Nanxi and Chuxi, one of the finest examples comprising of five large round structures and several square buildings • Return to Xiamen via the riverside city of Zhangzhou • Wander the Ming and Qing Dynasty style market streets of Xiamen

Recommended Hotels

Swiss International Xiamen

5 star

A world-class hotel that offers comfort and convenience with rooms boasting views of either the city or the seaside.

Details

Recommended seasons

Spring

Summer

Fall

What’s Included

  • All overland transfers with private chauffeur and in-transport refreshments
  • All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary and complimentary drinking water
  • All services of WildChina English-speaking guide(s)
  • Private chauffeur service to and from airport at start and end of your trip

What’s Excluded

  • International and domestic flights, domestic trains, plus relevant taxes
  • Chinese tourist visa, which is required for most foreign passport holders
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Meals, apart from those included in the itinerary, and alcohol
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
  • Discretionary gratuities for guides and drivers
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