Garden City and Tulou Combination

xm-1: 4-Day Garden City, Gulangyu Island and Tulou Combination
From: $749
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This classic Xiamen tour combines the essential attractions in Xiamen City with romantic Gulangyu Island and the unique tulou. Wander on Gulangyu to see exotic architecture with a Mediterranean flavor, such as various old consulates and churches. Go to see the tulou (Hakka Earthern Buildings) before it is too late, as this unique style of building is not being built any more, due to changes in the locals’ demand for housing. This tour is good for family.


  • Drift to the exquisite Gulangyu Island and lose yourself on it.
  • Visit Nanputuo Temple, Hulishan Fortress and Gulangyu Huandao Road in Xiamen.
  • Discover the beauty of the traditional Chinese communal residences — the Hakka tulou.
  • One night in an original tulou to have a glimpse of a vanishing dimension of life and appreciate the night scene of tulou.

What's Included

  • Electromobile's ticket on Gulangyu
  • A round trip ferry ticket of Gulangyu Island
  • Entrance to scenic spots listed in the itinerary
  • Guiding by experienced English-speaking tour guide
  • Private transfers between the airport, attractions, and hotels
  • Lunches
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast

Price Per Person in US Dollars

All Year Round Deluxe Class Superior Class
2-5 People $839 $749
6-9 People $499 $429

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1Xiamen Arrival

Your private guide and driver will collect you from the airport and transfer you to your hotel in a commercially licensed and insured, comfortable vehicle. The rest of the day after the check-in is free for you to explore the city. Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations. 


Stay overnight in Xiamen: San Siro Hotel (superior class) / Pan Pacific Xiamen (deluxe class)

Day 2Explore Xiamen and Gulangyu Island

In the morning, you will take a 10-minute ferry crossing to the romantic Gulangyu Island. Wandering along the winding paths, you will feel the pleasant sunshine and warm sea breezes and see exotic architecture with a Mediterranean flavor, such as various old consulates and churches. Boutiques are wonderful places to buy souvenirs and post cards. You will visit two attractions on the island: Sunlight Rock Park and Shuzhuang Garden and take electromobiles.

Have a sea food lunch near the island.

Gulangyu Xiamen

In the afternoon, you will head to South Putuo Temple and take a scenic on the Island Ring Road along the East Coast of Xiamen.

South Putuo Temple is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in Southeast Asia. You will see important Chinese buildings, monks, and dedicated worshipers, and you will feel the peace. The temple is located at the foot of Wulao Peak. Climbing up to Wulao Peak, you will enjoy a bird’s-eye view over Xiamen University and Xiamen Port.

You will then take a scenic drive along the beautiful Island Ring Road.

Good to Know:

  • 1. If you want to spend the night on Gulangyu, you can notice your travel advisor.
  • 2. During the high season, you may have to wait 10 to 20 minutes to board a ferry.


Stay overnight in Xiamen: San Siro Hotel (superior class) / Pan Pacific Xiamen (deluxe class)

Day 3Tianluokeng Tulou Clusters and Ancient Taxia Village Cultural Tour

It takes about three hours to travel from Xiamen to Tianluokeng Village. Located in Shangban Village, Shuyang Town, Tianluokeng Tulou, composed primarily of four round and one rectangular earthen buildings, is one of the most magnificent and well-preserved Hakka castles. The village is also listed as one of the 'Famous Historic Cultural Villages in China' for its special culture and architecture.

Then, you will head west towards Taxia Village which is a distinctive Hakka village located in the valley of Nanjing County. It was built in 1426 during the Ming Dynasty by the Zhang family, and many famous overseas Chinese people can trace their history to this village. It is listed as one of the 15  most beautiful villages in China.

It consists of more than 40 earthen buildings  in different shapes as well as some diaojiaolou (/dyaoww-jyaoww-loh/ 'hanging corner building(s)', another type of Hakka buildings built on wooden pillars) that have been built along the banks of a clear brook which flows through the village.

You will stay overnight in an orignal tulou to experience the hospitality of local Hakka people and see night scene of tulou. Hakka people were from the central plain area of China, where is the cradle of Chinese civilization. They value family unity, so Hakka people build their big tulou houses for the whole family living together. They also value Ba Gua which is the most holy culture symbol in ancient China, so Hakka people build tulou based on the complex Ba Gua which also affects all Chinese people today on policy, culture, architecture, phylosophy and so on.

Good to Know: From April to November, you may pick tea in a local tea plantation and may take them home with you. You may also taste the red tea that has already been prepared by the local farmers.


Stay over night in Weiqunlou Inn (Original tulou with private toilet)

Day 4Explore the Largest Tulou and Xiamen Departure
Chengqilou Tulou Chengqilou

It takes about half an hour from the hotel you live to Chengqilou.

Located in Gaobei Village, Chengqilou is the largest earthen building. It is almost 300 years old and is comprised of four concentric circular buildings. This Tulou has 400 rooms altogether and used to house 80 families. The locals call Chengqilou the “Tulou King”.

After lunch, you will be transferred to the airport in Xiamen. Your guide will confirm your return trip and escort you to the airport in time. You will be accompanied to find the correct check-in desk. Your private guide will make sure everything goes smoothly before saying goodbye.

Trip Notes

1. A Map Guide

Tour Map

2. Customize Your Tour

This tour is very flexible. You can make any changes to the itinerary according to your requirements and interests.

We are happy to arrange your hotels on Gulangyu Island or near the tulou if you want to stay overnight in those places. The condition of original tulou acommodation is limited. You can also choose to spend nights in star-rated hotel about 20 minutes' drive from tulou.

If you have your own plan, we are also happy to arrange just hotels and flights for you.

If you want to see a sunrise or sunset, just inform your trip advisor.

3. Options to Extend the Tour

Wuyi Mountain

Also want to visit Wuyi Mountain to learn ancient Fujian culture, see Danxia Landform, and float down the Nine Twisted River (Jiuqu Stream)? 5-Day Amazing Wuyishan and Xiamen Tour is recommended.

Yunshuiyao Ancient Village

Duration: 2 hours

The old name was Changhai and it is a beautiful village with old houses and 1,000-year-old banyan trees. See the most relaxed lifestyle of the local people and the beautiful scenery. Yunshuiyao Ancient Village was used as the location for a famous Chinese movie called “Yunshuiyao”. There are two beautiful earthen buildings in the village. One is called Hegui, which is the tallest earthen building in the Nanjing area; the other one is called Huaiyuan, a round earthen building.

Hongkeng Tulou Clusters

Duration: 3 hours

The Hongkeng Tulou is the most concentrated of all tulou clusters. There you can see about 100 buildings that are round or square. Your guide will explain the reasons why the Hakka people built their apartment buildings like a large fortress. You will also discover the history of the immigration of the Hakka people.

Chuxi Tulou Cluster

Duration: 3 hours

Chuxi Tulou consists of five traditional round fortified houses as well as several square ones. The mountains create a great backdrop for these intriguing structures. Ask your guide about the building process — ingredients as varied as egg whites and brown sugar were used in the process. A visit to the local primary school during the week is also possible, if you are interested.

Good to know: Chuxi Tulou is less commercialized compared to the other two popular tulou clusters which are more easily accessible from Xiamen. Interestingly, during the Cold War, the CIA in the U.S. mistook the structures for missile silos. There is a viewing platform on a mountain, offering amazing sunrise and sunset shots over the cluster.

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