Fujian Xiamen Hakka Cultural Trip 2021

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  • 5 days from 8,500.00
  • Limited to 12 guests
  • Date: May 26 - May 30, 2021

  • Only emerging from hiding in the late twentieth century, Tulous remain a unequalled mystery of ancient Chinese Hakka architecture. Literally translated as “earth building”, these incredible structures are not missile silos as first thought when observed through American spy satellites in 1986, but in fact never before seen circular residences housing entire family clans. Join us on our “Tulou Hop” as we survey these majestic “earth buildings” that are unparalleled examples of ancient Chinese Hakka architecture. Beginning in Xiamen, we will hike through selected villages in Nanjing County, enjoy the tea culture of Taxia, and feast on seafood on the local fishing island.


    Enter and reside in Tulous to uncover the rich history and culture enclosed within. Visit off-the-beaten-path Hakka villages to appreciate the tight-knit communities and a peaceful way of life.

    Rewarding hikes, culminating in panoramic views of the grand and mysterious Tulous nestled among rolling hills and dense forests.

    Taste the freshly made tea in a farmer’s humble hub and learn about how the traditional methods of making tea have been well preserved.

    Visit coastal towns including the historically rich Quanzhou, the beginning of the Maritime Silk Road, Xunbu, a town with intriguing oyster shell houses and Shamian with a seafood feast

    Itinerary in brief

    • DAY 1 Arrive Xiamen | Encounter the charming coastal city
    • DAY 2 Chuxi, Nanxi and Hongcun Tulou villages | Tulou Hop
    • DAY 3 Hongcun and Taxia | Tulou hoping and hiking, tea mountains
    • DAY 4 Tianluokeng, Xunbu, and Quanzhou | Hiking and fishing village visit
    • DAY 5 Depart Quanzhou | Temples and old streets browsing

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  • Day 1

    Arrive Xiamen

    After checking into your hotel and a late lunch, visit Gulangyu Island, a tiny island caught in the middle of historical disputes. After a rest, go for a drive to the traditional fishing village of Shamian for a seafood feast.
    • Accommodation: Xiamen
      Accommodation: Xiamen
    • Meals: Dinner
      Meals: Dinner
    Day 2

    Chuxi, Nanxi and Hongcun Tulou villages

    After arriving Chuxi, we will dive into our exploration of tulous. We will hike up to the mountain to have a panoramic view of the Tulous and learn some interesting stories of how some Tulous were built. After the Tulou hop, we arrive at our accommodation for the evening which is of course, a traditional tulou belonging to a prestigious local family. We will enjoy some homemade hearty local food and being part of the village community.
    • Accommodation: Tulou in Hongcun
      Accommodation: Tulou in Hongcun
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 3

    Hongcun and Taxia

    The morning will be spent appreciating the rhythm of rural life and appreciate the charms of tulous like mushrooms dotted in the villages. Taking in the fresh air and beautiful flora, climbing up the mountain of a working tea plantation will give you a thirst for the local farmer’s tea hub ahead. If the time is right, we can help to pick tealeaves and participate in the traditional method of making the tea.
    • Accommodation: Taxia
      Accommodation: Taxia
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 4

    Tianluokeng, Xunbu, and Quanzhou

    Hiking down from Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster along the edges of the rice paddy terraces, we will encounter a tulou that still burns strong with the patriotism of modern China. While it proudly display Chairman Mao’s slogan, the ancestral temple in the center is said to have been destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. Taking your fill of the tulous, although we know it will never be enough, we will embark on a 3 hour drive to Xunbu, another fishing village that builds its houses using the local materials: oyster shells!
    • Accommodation: Quanzhou
      Accommodation: Quanzhou
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Day 5


    The last day of our trip encompasses an exploration of Quanzhou with its history of maritime trade, religious diversity, and rich heritage of artistic pursuits. We will immerse ourselves in the history, sample various yummy local snacks according our own edible standards, and fully enjoy the leisure time in this slow paced city.
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Prices are in RMB, per person, based on double occupancy.

    Date Early-bird Price Standard Price Single Supplement Deposit Make a reservation
    Note: Reservation online close at Apr. 24, 2021
    May 26 - May 30, 2021 ¥8500 ¥9400 ¥1500 ¥2600

    Payment due before May. 19, 2021 ; Early-bird price deadline  Apr.30, 2021

    This trip is guaranteed to operate with a minimum 5 participants. If the trip is cancelled because of the lack of participants, China Culture Plus will fully refund any deposits or fees paid within 3 days after the notice.

    What's Included

    • Direct flight from Beijing to Xiamen
    • Direct flight from Quanzhou to Beijing
    • Top English-Speaking Local Guide(s)
    • Hand-Selected Accommodations with Breakfast Included
    • All the scheduled transportations with a professional local driver in Fujian province
    • Lunches and Dinners
    • Admission Fees and Activity Expenses, as Noted in the Itinerary

    What's Not Included

    • Transportation to and from gathering place in Beijing
    • Expenses of a Personal Nature

    Payment Schedule

    A deposit is required for each participant once your reservation is confirmed. Payment of the full trip fee is due at least 3 days prior to departure. Payment can be made via Wechat, Alipay, Bank Transfer, and Cash or Credit Card at our office with an appointment.

    Cancellation Policy

    China Culture Plus trips are refundable, minus the deposit, with a formal written cancellation prior to the departure. Please click here to see our full cancellation policy.


    In case of trip cancellation, please refer to our terms and conditions below:

    • 7 days or more prior to trip departure - Loss of deposit plus the payment that has happened on your behalf.
    • Less than 7 days prior to trip departure - 50% of total tour price plus the payment that has happened on your behalf.
    • After the departure date- no refund.

    China Culture Plus reserves the right to cancel any trip departure before it is guaranteed to run. A trip is guaranteed to run once the minimum number of fully paid customers have been reached for each designated trip. If a trip is cancelled, any deposits and payments will be fully refunded.

  • What to expect

    This trip has an activity rating of light/moderate; travelers should be in good health, comfortable walking or standing for extended periods and prepared for multiple hours of activity on some days. “Tulou hops” include hiking uphill to have a panoramic view of the villages, hiking downhill from Tulou villages perching on the top of the mountain to the ones nesting in the valley, and walking along the pebbled roads or dirt trails through the villages and fields. Please refer to our itinerary descriptions for more information.


    We will have two nights staying at the local Tulou guesthouses. The guesthouses provide all the basic facilities. For other nights, we will stay at the decent hotels (4 or 5 stars).


    We will try different types of local food during our stay in Xiamen and Quanzhou: Seafood, local snacks, local type noodles, home-cooked dishes, and the other local food. Please let us know ahead of time if you have the specific allergies to peanuts, fish, etc., or sensitivities to MSG, so that we can plan accordingly.

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes. A pair of hiking boots are recommended.
    • The temperature ranks from 5℃ to 20℃. Please bring extra layers for the chilly evening (we will send you the weather forecast three days prior to our departure)
    • Passport, camera, chargers
    • Backpack, kindles or books to read
    • Your own favorite snacks if you like.
    • Personal medication (we will have the basic first aid supplies)

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