Find Mulan's "Hometown" - the Fujian Tulou
One Day Nanjing Tulou Tour
When Mulan crosses the rice fields, riding a horse, to get back home in the Disney movie Mulan, you must surely be impressed by her beautiful hometown and the amazing house that she lives in. Although it is not the exact hometown of Mulan in China, the Fujian Tulou is definitely a living world heritage, bearing the history and the unique culture of the Minnan and Hakka people.
This 1-day private tulou tour will not only let you visit the must-see attractions but will also take you to an authentic tulou village where you can get out of the tourist crowds to discover the local Hakka people's lifestyle.
- Be amazed by a "missile weapon base", Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster
- Walk in the oldest tulou, Yuchang Earthen Building
- Find the exact scene of Mulan's home in the movie
- Be invited by the Hakka people to their rooms
What Our Customers Said
The tour was scheduled perfectly, we had the opportunity to know many places and enjoy local food. Our guide Ivy exceed our expectations. She took care of every detail, taking care of us. I can say that she loves her job.more
Jan 2023, Claudia
Very professional and knowledgeable. Our tour guide, Lily, went the extra mile on everything. Could not of asked for better planning. The explanations were detailed and interesting. The local restaurant choices were delicious.more
Dec 2022, Robin C
GREAT Forbidden City tour!
We took a guided tour with Ivy through the Forbidden City. She had everything perfectly organised, knew all the amenities and explained the most important facts around history and design of the palace in an enticing manner. Can absolutely recommend her as a guide, we had a great day!more
Oct 2022, Adam A
Beautiful Day at Great Wall in Mutianyu
We had a wonderful day visiting the Great Wall together with our guide, Ivy. The organisation - from the pick up to the return - was excellent, we had nothing to worry about. So It was a lovely and relaxed day profiting from the experience to the fullest without having to trouble about transport or tickets. Ivy explained well the history and knew about all nice parts of the part of the wall that we visited. She is very nice company. We had a very good experience.more
Oct 2022, Nina
Excellent time in Beijing
Ivy was a true professional who spoke excellent English and engaged us with stories of the very rich Chinese cultural heritage and history. We went away with so much more knowledge with her as our guide giving us a live commentary as we walked around. She brought us to the off the beaten track spots, less crowded corners of the attractions and very importantly, knew which toilets were clean and more foreigner friendly. Highly recommend Ivy to any future visitors to Beijinmore
Oct 2022, JCCEBJ
Excellent time in Beijing
Zac from China Highlights organised a 3 day Beijing trip for my family during the Golden Week in China.more
Oct 2022, JCCEBJ
Our travel planner Monica is kind, very attentive, and there is no pressure or "hard sale". Great service and highly recommended!more
Sep 2022, Julia
A great tour
Our trip to Beijing was brilliantly organised and stress free. As usual with China Highlights our guide Ivy was really well prepared, knowledgeable and dealt with all the security, covid checks and tests etc. It made the trip really easy.more
Aug 2022, Peter F
Your private guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in the morning. You will drive for about 3 hours from Xiamen to Nanjing.
Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster will be the first attraction you visit. It is composed of four round earthen buildings and a square one. It is one of the most magnificent and well-preserved Hakka fortresses. Your guide will give you detailed information about who built these earthen buildings, how they were built, and their advantages. We will drive you to a high vantage point so that you can enjoy a bird's-eye view of the cluster.
Yuchang Earthen Building is a skewed building. It was built in 1308 and is one of the oldest existing tulou. This five-story earthen building is most famous for its tilted pillars. The most extreme one is slanted at a 15-degree angle. There are five highlights in this building for you to discover. Let your guide uncover its secrets.
Hekeng Tulou Cluster is one of the six tulou clusters that belong to the World Heritage Site, the Fujian Tulou. However, it is not affected by tourism very much. The local Hakka people keep to their traditional lifestyle in the earthen buildings, which have different shapes. This tulou cluster is depicted as being Mulan's hometown in the movie Mulan. You will see the real earthen building where Mulan lives in the movie. The Hakka people are happy to invite you into the living room of their earthen building and show you the upstairs floor. This might not be available in other tulou clusters. Have a cup of local tea and listen to the stories about their families. It is a great chance to get close to the Hakka people's lifestyle and culture.
1. About the Physical Demands
This 1-day tour doesn't include a long walk. It is not difficult for seniors and kids. In the area around Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, you will travel in your private car if there are no more than four people in your group. Otherwise, you will need to travel in a shuttle bus. When you visit Hekeng Tulou Cluster, you will be dropped off at the entrance and will then need to walk for about 15 minutes to reach the main earthen buildings.
2. Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the tulous is from April to November. You will see the earthen buildings surrounded by rice fields, tea bushes, or fruit trees.
This is a suggested itinerary for a private tour. It can be customized according to your interests and needs. Let your travel advisor know what you prefer to do and he/she will make a unique 1-day tulou tour for you.
- Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
- English speaking local guide
- Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
- 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling
Tour code: xm-2