USA - Xiamen
Board the international flight bound for Xiamen, a charming coastal city in Fujian Province in China.
On arrival at Xiamen Airport, meet your Peony Tours representative and enjoy a comfortable transfer to your five-star hotel in the heart of this buzzing city. After checking in, enjoy the rest of the day to relax. You may enjoy the amenities at your hotel or set out to discover some of the attractions of Xiamen.
Xiamen - Gulangyu Island - Xiamen AB,L,DP
A morning excursion takes us to Gulangyu Island* by ferry. Praised as a “Garden on the Sea”, the island is covered with dense forests, strewn with European style buildings. Our sightseeing tour takes us to Shuzhuang Garden* and Piano Museum*. Return to Xiamen, a panoramic drive showcases the ancient Nanputuo Temple, Xiamen University (outside), and E-mall Towers (outside). Afterward, stroll along the main commercial street of the city, Zhongshan Road. Visit the beautiful Pailuzhou Park and enjoy an unforgettable Yacht Tour on the Yuandang Lake*. For dinner the Xiamen local specialty cuisine will be served.
Xiamen - Huaan - Xiamen AB,L,DP
This morning we journey to Huaan. Visit the historic Huaan Dadi Tulou Cluster*, one of the most magnificent and the symbol of all Tulou, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its culture. Later in the afternoon we return to Xiamen via Island Circling Road. Tonight, sample the Xiamen local seafood cuisine.
Xiamen - Quanzhou AB,L,D
Spend the morning to continue Xiamen's tour with visits to the Hulishan Fortress*, the Huihe Stone Carving Culture Park*, and with stops at Wuyuan Bay Park and Jimei College Village. Xiamen Laoyuanzi Scenic Area is a popular spot to tourists all around the world. The Laoyuanzi Folk Culture Park* and the “Legend of Southern Fujian” Show* are two major specials of the area. We later travel by bus to the ancient city, Quanzhou. When driving on Tumen Street, the main shopping street in Quanzhou, you will be amazed by the old world charm of numerous historic temples and buildings.
Quanzhou - Wuyishan AB,L,DP
Begin exploring Quanzhou with visit to Kaiyuan Temple, the largest and most famous Buddhist temple complex of the city. Nearby there is the famous East-West Pagodas. A visit to the huge Guandi Temple and the landmark Luoyang Bridge, one of the four oldest bridges of China, conclude our city tour of Quanzhou. From here, a high-speed rail brings us to Wuyishan, a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site both for its natural environment and for its culture. Upon arrival at Wuyishan, head to Wuyishan Square, and enjoy the local famous Wuyishan Tea Banquet for dinner.
Our exploration of Wuyishan today begins in Tienyou Peak Scenic Area*. Magical spots like Clouds Nest and Tea Cave are featured. After lunch, we have a chance to experience the exciting bamboo rafts on the Nine-Bends Stream*. Then visit the Wuyi Palace* and Street of Song Dynasty*. As the day ends, savor the local flavor mushroom cuisine for dinner and then enjoy a special outdoor “Impression Dahongpao Show* directed by the renowned Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou. (The admission will be fully refunded if the show is cancelled due to any nature elements.)
Wuyishan - Fuzhou AB,L,DP
Continue our splendid tour of Wuyishan to Dahongpao Scenic Area* (Big Red Robe). This enchanted valley produces the best tea in Southern China, praised as the “King of the Tea”. Today's tour features Shuilian Cave, Hawk Beak Rock, and Binxi Path. Later, a high-speed rail takes us to Fuzhou, the capital city of Fujian Province, where a drive shows us the city-center Wuyi Square. Fuzhou cuisine is the most popular cooking style of Fujian traditional cuisine. For dinner we taste the Fuzhou local specialty cuisine including Fish Balls and Lichi Pork.
Spend the whole day to explore Fuzhou. First stop is the ancient Gushan Scenic Area, where a well-preserved Taoist temple, Yongquan Temple*, is visited. After lunch continue our city tour of Fuzhou discovering the Panda World*, the West Lake Park, and make a final stop at Nanhou Street of Sanfang Qisiang (Three Lanes and Seven Alleys). This evening, for dinner enjoy a local specialty Fotiaoqiang (Buddha Jumping over the Wall), the most renowned traditional dish of Fuzhou. Be prepared to be impressed by its rich taste although the dish served is not authentic.
Fuzhou - USA AB
Bid a fond farewell to Fujian as you board your homebound international flight, re-cross the expansive Pacific Ocean once again to arrive back in the United States.
AB=American Breakfast, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner at Local Restaurant, DH=Dinner at Hotel, DP=Dinner Party, DS=Dinner & Show
Xiamen is located on the southeastern coast of China. It is one of China's trade ports and for the Taiwanese, a native place. Xiamen is highly regarded in China for its livability. It’s a popular destination for tourists who are drawn to its island landscapes; subtropical climate; rich history and culture; and fascinating customs.
Nanputuo Temple (南普陀寺)
South Putuo or Nanputuo is a national treasure and a famous Buddhist temple founded in the Tang Dynasty in Xiamen. It is so named because it is south of the Buddhist holy site Mount Putuo in Zhejiang Province. The temple is surrounded by the sea and the Wulao Peaks.
Xiamen University (廈門大學)
Xiamen University was founded in 1921 by Tan Kah Kee, a well-known overseas Chinese leader. It was the first university founded by an overseas Chinese in the history of modern Chinese education. Now it is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Xiamen. As of March 2017, with a graduate school, 6 academic divisions consisting of 27 schools and colleges with 76 departments, and 14 research institutes, the university boasts a total enrollment of nearly 40,000 full-time students.
Yanwu Bridge (演武大橋)
Yanwu Bridge is located along Xiamen Huandao Road. Since the bridge is built on the ruins of ancient Yanwu Pool and Yanwu Field, it is named “Yanwu” which is the name of the local place related to Zheng Chenggong. Yanwu Bridge is built over the sea with a deck elevation of only 5.5 meters. Hence, it is known as the bridge closest to the sea level in the world by far. With a full length of 2.2 kilometers, Yanwu Bridge consists of 6 two-way lanes and is playing a significant role in Xiamen’s traffic.
Bailuzhou Park (白鷺洲公園)
Bailuzhou Park is a platform on the Penghu Lake in Xiamen City. A statue of Egret Goddess is the landmark of the park. There are musical fountains, shopping centers, art centers, bowling centers, pubs and other entertainment centers in the park.
Yacht Tour on the Yuandang Lake (篔簹雅遊)
Located in the urban area of Xiamen, Yundang Lake was originally linked with the sea. A long dyke was built at one point to reclaim the land from the sea, resulting in the formation of an in-land lake. Stretching from the center of the city to its western coast, the lake is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty. The Yuandang Lake cruise on green solar-powered yacht is one of the best ways to savor the peaceful atmosphere of the biggest artificial seawater lake in China.
Zhongshanlu Pedestrian Street (中山路步行街)
Like many other cities in China, Xiamen has a Zhongshan Road that runs through a historical part of the city. In Xiamen, the Zhongshan Road has a pedestrian only section that makes going for a stroll more pleasant. There are many stores here. The buildings along Zhongshan Road combine a European architecture style with coastal city character. It is the sole commercial street leading to the sea.
Island Ring Road (環島路)
The Island Ring Road brings together numerous sightseeing spots, including Hulishan Fortress, Shangli Reservoir, Xiamen International Centre, temples, old trees, grotesque rocks, sculptures and coastal plazas. Along the road, you can find a dazzling sea-inspired attraction zone. You may lose yourself in the amazing scenes boasting blue sky, waving sea, golden sunshine, extensive beach, fresh grassland, verdant trees, blooming flowers and red-painted sidewalk.
Hulishan Fortress (胡里山炮台)
Built in 1894, it is a relic of the Westernization Movement. The architectural of the canon platform is in a Ming and Qing dynasty style. On the front of the platform there are “Wanggui platform” and “Pangui platform”, on which you can see the Dadan and Xiaodan islands through a telescope. In the yard of canon platform there is a gorgeous wall sculpture named “the Soul of Nation”, and a water fountain from the left side of the wall
Huihe Stone Cultural Park (惠和石文化園)
Huihe Stone Cultural Park is located in the northeastern part of Xiamen Zhonglun Park, covering an area of about 12,000 square meters. Visitors can enjoy in the park the traditional Chinese garden’s landscape together with modern Japanese garden’s layout elements. At the park, zigzag corridor, skillful stone structures and exquisite stone sculptures blend perfectly into the elegant landscape. The park is indeed a showcase of the Southern Fujian’s history of stone culture.
Jimei School Village (集美學村)
Jimei School Village is located in Jimei District, northern suburb of Xiamen City in Fujian Province. It is connected to Xiamen Island by a 2,212 meters’ long causeway named Xiamen Bridge. Jimei School Village was built by Mr. Tan Kah Kee from 1913, containing a complete school system including primary schools, middle schools, high schools, a university, and a series of colleges including Xiamen Aquatic Products College, Jimei Navigation College, Jimei Finance and Economy Institute and Business Administration College.
Wuyuanwan Wetland Park (五緣灣濕地公園)
Covering an area of 85 hectares, Wuyuanwan Wetland Park is not only the largest park, but also the largest wetland ecological park in Xiamen. So called the "lungs" of Xiamen, it is an important post for birds migrating southwards. Every March, a large number of egrets make their nests and breed here.
Xiamen Laoyuanzi (廈門老院子)
Xiamen Laoyuanzi is an emerging scenic area pening to tourists. Laoyuanzi Folk Culture Park and the show “Legend of Southern Fujian” are two major specials of the area. The Folk Culture Park intensively expresses the cultural essence of Southern Fujian by the strong local characteristics, while the show “Legend of Southern Fujian” combines high-tech technology, cutting-edge fashion and art, and cultural stories of Southern Fujian over the past thousands of years.
The Gulangyu Islet is tiny with an area of just 1.87 km2. Its highest point, Sunlight Rock, is a symbol of Xiamen. A stunning combination of rolling hills, blue seawater, white clouds, green trees and red tile roofs, Gulangyu Islet, which means drum wave island in Chinese, gets its name from the drum-like sound caused by waves hitting the reef on the southwest part of the Islet.
Shuzhuang Garden (菽莊花園)
Shuzhuang Garden is named after the original owner Mr. Lin Erjia (aka ShuZhuang), a wealthy Taiwanese businessman who fled here with his family after the Sino-Japanese War and the Qing government ceded Taiwan to Japan in the 1890s. The garden has two areas. "Bushan" (補山) was built in 1913 and "Canghai" (藏海) was completed on Lin Erjia's 44th birthday in 1919. In addition to 44 bridges, there are the piano museum, the art museum, and the sculptures of all 12 zodiac animals in the garden.
Piano Museum (鋼琴博物館)
The Piano Museum is located inside the Shuzhuang Garden. It is the world’s largest museum with most impressive collection of pianos, all of which reside in a sprawling series of red-roofed houses that pay heritage to the island’s European-Chinese fusion classical music tradition. There are two separate buildings full of magnificent pianos, some in shapes and sizes you’ve probably never seen before.
International Architecture Exhibition (萬國建築博覽)
The International Architecture Expo is not the name of a building, but a combination of Chinese and Western architecture on Gulangyu Island. These buildings are collectively referred to as the “Exploration of the Universal Architecture” and are the essence of the cultural exchange between China and the West in Gulangyu. There are traditional Chinese temples with cornices, typical Minnan style residences, a eight-array tower, neat and exquisite Japanese houses, and some 19th-century European-style consulates.
There are a total of more than 3,000 earth buildings (tulou) in Fujian, but only 68 in Huaan County. Although the number is small, Huaan tulou has its distinctive geographical characteristics and special iireplaceable historical values.
Huaan Dadi Tulou Cluster (華安大地土樓群)
Ten Fujian tulou groups were designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites in 2008. Huaan Dadi Tulou Cluster is one of the ten tulou groups and Eryilou (二宜樓) is the most famous building in it. Built in 1770 during Qing Dynasty, Eryilou (二宜樓) enjoys a reputation of The King of the Round Tulou. It consists of a four-story outer ring with 48 rooms on each level and a one-story inner ring.
Quanzhou is one of the most historical and cultural cities in China, located north of Xiamen and south of Fuzhou in Fujian Province. Due to its special location, during the Song and Yuan Dynasty Quanzhou was one of the world's busiest ports, and stunningly rich as the starting point of the Sea Silk Road. For tourists today, much of the history here is still quite visible; the town is positively overrun with interesting old buildings.
Tumen Street (涂門街)
Tumen Street is the middle section of the busiest Zhongshan Road in Quanzhou, east to Wenling Delicious Food Sreet and west to Xinmen Street. The multi-function of combining shopping, dining, and sightseeing makes this street to be one of the most popular destinations of Quanzhou. Additionally, ancient temples located in this street are worthy to have a visit for knowing the religious culture of China.
Kaiyuan Temple (開元寺)
Kaiyuan Temple is the largest and most famous Buddhist temple complex in the city of Quanzhou. The well-landscaped grounds house two famous pagodas (Renshou Pagoda and Zhenguo Pagoda), over 10 halls and rooms on both sides, an ancient stone turtle, and a great collection of Buddhist art.
Luoyang Bridge (洛陽橋)
Also known as Wan'an Bridge, the Luoyang Bridge is considered one of the greatest four ancient bridges of China. It is the first stone bay bridge in China. The project started in Northern Song Dynasty (1053) and was completed six years later in 1059. It is 1,200 meters long, and has 46 piers in total. Pagodas and tower joss can be found protecting the bridge on each end.
Guandi Temple (關帝廟)
Guandi Temple (Tonghuai Temple of Guan Yu and Yue Fei) is located on the famous Tumen Street. It is a large popular Taoist temple with a huge (over 2 stories tall, with a big chimney) ritual furnace for burning joss paper. The temple is very busy around the holidays. People line up waiting to burn their offerings.
Wuyishan is a Chinese resort city in Fujian province's Wuyi Mountains. It's popular for bamboo rafting on the Nine-Bend Stream and viewing the range's 36 peaks, including high points like Tianyou Peak. Hiking trails run through the countryside and into the mountains, which have inspired numerous classical paintings and poems. The area is also notable for Wuyi Rock Tea cultivation.
Tienyou Peak (天游峰)
Located in the center of Wuyishan Scenic Area, Tianyou Peak is the most beautiful spot in the area that is frequently shrouded in clouds and mist. This scenic area includes Tianyou Peak; Tea Cave, Yuhua Peak, Cloud Nest, Snowflake Spring, Immortal Bathing Pond, Huma Ravine and Yilan Pavilion.
Nine-Bend Stream (九曲溪)
The meandering Nine-Bend Stream is the essence and the centerpiece of Mt. Wuyi. It is flanked on either side by mountain peaks and stones of various weird shapes that are entwined with various watercourses. Each bend and turn forms a unique landscape and each landscape has its own name. Visitors can ride on a bamboo raft to enjoy the pictureque views along the stream.
Wuyi Palace (武夷宮)
Situated at the foot of the Great King Peak, Wuyi Palace is the oldest palace in Wuyishan. It was first built in the Tang Dynasty (742-755 AD) and then in Song Dynasty was expanded to include more than 300 halls. In mid autumn every year, sacrificial ceremony will take place in honor of Lord Wuyi. The dragon wells, Wannian Palace and the Sanqing Hall of the Wuyi Palace are still in use today.
"Impression Dahongpao Show" 《印象大紅袍》
"Impression Dahongpao" is the world's biggest and the first with 360 degree rotating view theater. Dahongpao (Big Red Robe) is known as the “King of Tea” and well recognized back in Tang and Song Dynasties. Through the show the significant tea culture is presented to the audience in forms of art. The performance area features four zones surrounding the auditorium and makes it like a giant teahouse with 1988 seats. Sitting in the auditorium, you can enjoy not only a panoramic view of the mountains and rivers, but also a cup of Dahongpao served by waitress in colorful folk costume.
Dahongpao Scenic Area (大紅袍景區)
Dahongpao Scenic Area (Big Red Robe Scenic Area) is famed for the six 350-year-old “Dahongpao” tea trees. This is an absolute must. It is home of many well-known Fujian teas including Dahongpao Tea, the "King of Tea". Dahongpao only grows on the cliffs of Wuyi Mountains.
Shuilian Cave (水簾洞)
Shuilian Cave (Water Curtain Cave) is the biggest of the famous 72 caves in Wuyishan Scenic Area. Unlike other limestone caves, it is spacious enough and can accommodate about one thousand people. Looking through luminous crystal and pearl-like water curtain, visitors enjoy the great view of the Tea Garden which is in the bonsai style of Wuyishan.
Fuzhou is the capital and one of the largest cities in Fujian, China. In Chinese, the city is sometimes referred to by the poetic nickname Rongcheng (榕城), literally "The Banyan City".
Wuyi Square (五一廣場)
Wuyi Square is located in Gulou District, Fuzhou. North of the square is the Nine Immortals' Hill (Yu Hill). The square covers an area of 70,000 square meters. This is one of the political activities place for Fuzhou people.
Gushan Yongquan Temple (鼓山湧泉寺)
Gushan (Drum Mountain) is located about 7.5 kilometers from the downtown area of Fuzhou. It is well-known for its petroglyphs, waterfalls, ponds, streams, springs, forests, canyons and the ancient Yongquan Temple, all make it a mountainous scenic zone for tourism. Yongquan Temple is a Buddhist temple first built in 783 during the Tang dynasty. Most of the present structures in the temple were repaired or built during 1522–1566 in the Ming dynasty.
Sanfang Qisiang (三坊七巷)
Sanfang Qixiang, literally Three Lanes and Seven Alleys, is a well-preserved historic and cultural architectural complex of the Ming and Qing Dynasty located in the centre of Fuzhou City. Featuring 268 ancient architectures, it is the symbol to show the long history of Fuzhou City, and is celebrated as "the museum of the buildings of the Ming and Qing Dynasty". Nowadays, some of the local people are still living there.
West Lake Park (西湖公園)
West Lake Park is the best conserved classical garden in Fuzhou with a history of over 1,700 years. As the lake is located to the west of the town, so it was named as West Lake. Today's scale thanks to expansion in several dynasties. West Lake has lasting appeal for poets and scholars in all dynasties, and they usually gathered here to drink and make poems. The lake is home to three small islands. Every Dragon Boat Festival, dragon boat race is held here.
Panda World (熊貓世界)
Tucked away discretely on the base of Dameng Mountain, Fuzhou Panda World is one of Fuzhou's most exotic and extraordinary sights. This large zoo is host to China's iconic Panda bears. In addition to these adorable creatures, there is a wide array of other bear species, ranging from the smaller and equally rare Red Pandas, to brown and black bears.