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How to Spend 2 Days in Xiamen

How to Spend 2 Days in Xiamen

With two days to spend in the island city of Xiamen on China’s southeastern coast, you’ll have time to explore the island’s highlights, tour the petite nearby island of Gulangyu, and head into the countryside for a glimpse of Hakka culture, history, and heritage. Here are some tips for how to spend your 48 hours in Xiamen.

Day 1: Tour Two Islands

**Morning:**Start your morning with a guided tour to one of Fujian Province’s top attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Gulangyu island. As you explore the former concession, you’ll see its lovely European architecture and stroll the grounds of Shuzhuang Garden, a former private villa with a spectacular traditional Chinese garden. 

**Afternoon:**Upon return to Xiamen, take this afternoon to see the local cultural and historical highlights on an island sightseeing tour. Visit the Tang dynasty Nanputuo Temple, still an active Buddhist temple, as well as Hulishan Fortress, built in 1894 to help defend the island against invaders. 

**Night:**This evening, grab a seat at the Minnan Magic stage show—a spectacle of folk song, dance, and martial arts that offers an entertaining introduction to the local Minnan culture. After the show, make your way to Zhongshan Road Walking Street to eat at one of the many local restaurants in the area.

Day 2: Hakka Tulou

**Morning:**This morning, get an early start as you head into the countryside to see another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Fujian tulou (earthen dwellings). These ancient circular buildings have served as multifamily dwellings and community hubs for centuries. Upon arrival in the area, stop for a traditional Hakka lunch at the home of a local family.

**Afternoon:**Spend this afternoon visiting severaltulou clusters for a glimpse at rural life far from the busy streets of Xiamen. Explore the Tianluokeng tulou cluster, one of the best-preserved in the area, and spend some time wandering Taxia Village, known for its earthen buildings along the banks of a clear brook. 

**Night:**After a long day enjoying the sights and sounds of Fujian Province, keep things low-key this evening with a meal at your hotel. If you’re still feeling energetic, head to Haiwan Park or Xiada (near the university)—both packed with restaurants and popular local hangouts after dark.

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Private Day Tour Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster And Taxia Village From Xiamen

Private Day Tour Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster And Taxia Village From Xiamen

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The countryside around Xiamen is known for its tulou clusters, ancient circular buildings built by rural Hakka Chinese communities centuries ago. Visit a few of these remarkable Chinese landmarks and immerse yourself in the life and rhythms of rural China, far from the crowded Xiamen city streets, on this day trip into the heart of Fujian Province. Visit the Tianluokeng tulou cluster and the impressive five-story Yuchanglou, and take a leisurely walk through the riverside village of Taxia.
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  • 8 hours
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Private One Day Xiamen And Gulangyu Highlight Tour Including Lunch

Private One Day Xiamen And Gulangyu Highlight Tour Including Lunch

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Make the most of your Fujian visit on this comprehensive private Xiamen day tour that covers ground you couldn’t hope to cover independently. First, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gulangyu Island, including Sunlight Rock and Shuzhuang Garden. After a seafood lunch, discover city highlights: South Putuo Temple, Hulishan Fortress, and the beach. Your day includes round-trip transfers to and from the Xiamen destinations of your choice.
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  • 8 hours
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$199.00
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Xiamen Private Half Day Tour of Gulangyu Island and Shuzhuang Garden

Xiamen Private Half Day Tour of Gulangyu Island and Shuzhuang Garden

Get straight to the highlights of Gulangyu Island, the UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s Xiamen’s most popular attraction, on this private half-day tour. Relax as your private guide and driver collect you from your hotel (or ship) and escort you to the ferry port at a time that suits your schedule. From there, soak up the island’s colonial architecture and timeless landscapes, as well as the signature Shuzhuang Garden.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Day Tour: Highlights Sightseeing in Xiamen

Private Day Tour: Highlights Sightseeing in Xiamen

There’s little English spoken in the historic city of Xiamen, so to get maximum value it pays to explore with a translator/guide. On this private door-to-door tour, soak up historic architecture on beautiful Gulangyu Island and stroll amid Xiamen Shuzhuang Garden. After a local restaurant lunch, explore Nanputuo Temple, see a gigantic cannon at Huli Mountain Fort, drive the ring road, and wander Zhongshan Road Walking Street.
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  • 8 hours
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Hakka Tulou Private Day Tour of Yunshuiyao Ancient Village and Hekeng Tulou

Hakka Tulou Private Day Tour of Yunshuiyao Ancient Village and Hekeng Tulou

The Hakka people's distinctive homes, called tulou, have a storied past and one today is a prime tourist attraction. Yunshuiyao Old Town, Yún shǔi yáo gu zhen , also known as The Knot Town had obtained its fame through a popular Chinese movie called Yún shǔi yáo which had won the Best Film in the 2007 Golden Rooster Awards. Yún shǔi yáo literally means "The Song of the Clouds and Waters", mainly elaborates a loving story in 1960s in old times of China. Hekeng Tulou Cluster, one of the most incredible Tulou clusters, inscribed as one of the 46 Fujian Tulou World Heritage Sites. Having a birds’ eye view of the Hekeng Tulou Cluster, you will find the huge “T” earth buildings spreading between green mountains and clean water, adding a field to this magnificent scenery.
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  • 10 hours
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Skip the Line: Xiamen Minnan Magic Cultural Show Ticket

Skip the Line: Xiamen Minnan Magic Cultural Show Ticket

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Uncover the stories and culture of the Minnan people of Fujian in this six-part stage extravaganza. Learn more about the folk culture of the Fujian region without hours of researching online or walking through dusty museums; this grand cultural show exhibits the breadth and depth of Minnan folk culture, from song and dance to the Shaolin kung fu practiced in the region. This spectacular production, complete with cutting-edge lighting and set design, is an entertaining way to relax after an exhausting day of sightseeing.
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Private Transfer Between Xiamen City and Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster

Private Transfer Between Xiamen City and Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster

• Easily travel to the Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster by riding private transfers! • Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by exquisite natural scenery • Take your pick from four upscale vehicles—secure a private and luxurious journey for your traveling party! • Have the pleasure of exploring the Tinaluokeng tulou with an experienced driver
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  • 1 day
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