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
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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.