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Xiamen Getaway

From RMB 8990
Travel days:  7 days
 /  6 nights

  • All flight s mentioned in the program, including tax and fuel surcharge.
  • Transfers in customary air-conditioned coaches.
  • Accommodation in selected hotels in standard rooms with bath/shower, WC and daily breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner).
  • Entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • All sightseeing and transfers with English-speaking tour guides
  • TUI China 24-hour hotline service (German or English).
  • Tips and personal expenses.
  • Xiamen 4*
    Marco Polo Hotel
  • Yongding 3*
    Zhongtian Hotel
  • Quanzhou 5*
    Quanzhou Grand Hotel
  • All rates are subject to availability.

Travel content

There's a lot in store for travelers wanting to explore this often-overlooked destination in the southeast of China. Discover historic Xiamen and ingenious round Hakka buildings. Tour the famous Gulangyu island and take a peek at the splendid temples and gardens that instill visitors with tranquility.

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Beijing / Shanghai - Xiamen (L, D)   Gulangyu Island, Nan Putuo Temple

    Fly to Xiamen in the morning.

    Upon arrival, meet your tour guide and transfer to the hotel. Begin your tour of Xiamen with a visit to the lovely island of Gulangyu and Nan (South) Putuo Temple. From the moment you step onto the “Garden on the Sea”, you'll be enchanted by its serene atmosphere, fresh air and idyllic scenery.

    Enjoy the music floating in the air as you stroll through the gardens of the “Piano Islet”. Admire the intriguing combination of Chinese and Western architecture, or climb to the top of Sunlight Rock for a panorama of Gulangyu. The active temple complex of Nan Putuo sprawls beneath the Five Old Gentlemen Peaks.

    Overnight at Xiamen

  • Day 2:
    Xiamen (B, L, D)   Yongding Hakka Buildings

    After breakfast, drive to Yongding County (it will take about 2.5 hours).

    Spend your time exploring Yongding earthen buildings of the Hakkas, considered a wonder of oriental architecture.

    After a traditional Hakka style lunch, visit Jiqing buildings, the most complete and oldest tu lou in Yongding county.

    Overnight at Yongding

  • Day 3:
    Yongding - Nanjing (B, L, D)   Nanjing Tianluokeng Hakka House

    After breakfast, drive to Nanjing County, home to the distinctive compact earth buildings of the Hakka people.

    Visit Shangban Village's Tianluokeng Hakka House, a cluster of four round buildings arrayed around one square house. Situated on a hillside, the Tianluokeng buildings are classic examples of the architecture of southern China. The storehouses, wells and bedrooms used to be located inside the stout, reinforced walls, thus creating a fortress-like communal dwelling that offered protection against bandits and wild animals. These astounding buildings were well-lit, well-ventilated, windproof, and quakeproof.

    Overnight at Yongding    

  • Day 4:
    Yongding - Quanzhou (B, L, D)   Chongwu Ancient Town, Stone Carving Park, Old Street

    After breakfast, journey 3-4 hours to visit Chongwu Ancient Town and the Stone Carving Park.

    Upon arrival at Quanzhou, explore the Old Street.

    Time at leisure for the rest of the day.

    Overnight at Quanzhou

  • Day 5:
    Quanzhou - Xiamen (B, L)   Quanzhou: Kaiyuan Temple, Laojun Rock, Qingjing Temple, Quanzhou Museum

    “I tell you that for one shipload of pepper which may go to Alexandria or to other places, to be carried into Christian lands, there come more than one hundred of them to this port.” Thus wrote Marco Polo when he visited Quanzhou, then called Zaytoun (from the Arabic word for olive, symbol of peace and prosperity), in the late thirteenth century. Your first stop, the 1300-year-old Kaiyuan Temple, is famous for its two stone pagodas decorated with bas-reliefs in both Chinese and Indian styles. Legend has it the temple first gained its name, “Lotus Temple” from a mulberry tree that bore lotus flowers. Before returning to Xiamen, visit the Quanzhou Museum to learn more about Quanzhou's vibrant past as a crossroad of cultures.

    Overnight at Xiamen

  • Day 6:
    Xiamen (B, L, D)   Arboretum, Overseas Chinese Museum, Hulishan Fortress

    After breakfast, visit the arboretum garden of Xiamen and relax amidst more than 4,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants.

    Later, continue onto Hulishan Fortress, which used brown sugar and glutinous rice in its construction in 1896. Here you will see the largest 19th-century cannon in the world, a German cannon 13 meters long, as well as 50 iron cannons from the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

    Conclude your trip to Xiamen with a visit to the Overseas Chinese Museum, dedicated to the many southern Chinese who left their homes to hunt for fortune in other lands.

    Overnight at Xiamen

  • Day 7:
    Xiamen - Beijing / Shanghai (B)

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport and take flight back to Beijing / Shanghai.