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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.
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.”
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
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
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
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