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Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, Nanjing Tulou – Fujian Tulou

Saturday, September 12th, 2020
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Plan your Fujian Tulou Tour? Fujian Tulou are largely composed of the clay buildings in Yongding County and Nanjing County in the southwest Fujian Province.

The Nanjing Tulou Clusters boast of three parts – Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, Yuchanglou and Taxia Village. Nanjing Tulou Cluster are about 160 km west of Xiamen, 2 hours’ drive from Xiamen.

Tianluokeng Tulou cluster (田螺坑土楼群)
Tianluokeng Tulou is the major Tulou cluster in Nanjing County,  about 160km west of Xiamen City. It takes about two hours’ drive from Xiamen along the bumpy and zigzag narrow mountain road.

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster are composed of 5 clay buildings, with a square Tulou at the center and circled by 4 circular Tulous, forming a pretty pattern of so called “four dishes with one soup”.

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster 1

Yuchanglou (裕昌楼)
Yuchanglou belongs to the tulou cluster in Nanjing Tulou Cluster. It is located  in Xiabanliao village in Nanjing. It is a five-storey clay built in 1308 Yuan dynasty by the Liu clan. It is one of the oldest and largest earthen building in China.

Yuchanglou is also nicknamed as the “leaning building”, because the vertical wooden post structure is not straight, but leaning left and right. It was constructed like this mainly due to a mistake in measuring the building material.

But in spite of this error, this tall tulou has survived for the past 700 hundred years. Yuchanglou is 36m in diameter and has five storeys, with 50 rooms on each floor.

The Yuchanglou Exterior

The Yuchanglou Exterior

Yuchanglou is a five-storey clay building with the ancestral hall in the center.

Yuchanglou is a five-storey clay building with the ancestral hall in the center.

A close look at the wooden structure of the floors inside the clay building.

A close look at the wooden structure of the floors inside the clay building.

The king of Hulusi

The king of Hulusi

Selling hand-made cigarettes

Selling hand made cigarettes

Selling local tea

Selling local tea

Selling local products

Selling local products

 Taxia Village (塔下村)
After finishing the short visit to Yuchanglou, we drove along the mountain road and soon we entered the ancient Taxia Village. The ancient village is located in the west of Shuyang Town in Nanjing, a famous oversea Chinese town.

Taxia Village is one of the first 15 scenic villages selected in China. The village has a long history dating back to 1426. Now there are over 300 households in the village.

The clay buildings in Taxia Village are built evenly along the banks of the river passing through the village. The tulou buildings in the village have various kinds of shapes – circular, square and oval.  In addition, this village also has a kind of wood and brick buildings similar to those in the countrysides in Zhejiang.

The clay buildings in Taxia Village are built evenly along the banks of the river passing through the village.


The clay buildings in Taxia Village are built evenly along the banks of the river passing through the village

 This village also has a kind of wood and brick buildings similar to those in the countrysides in Zhejiang.

Taxia village has a kind of wood and brick buildings similar to those in the countrysides in Zhejiang.

Hassle-Free Private Tour to Visit the Tulou Clusters
If you don’t want go the daunting do-it-yourself-route and prefer an organized hassle-free private tour to visit Tulou clusters, no worry and we have the following options:

Xiamen Yongding Tulou One Day Tour from US$99 p/p
Xiamen Nanjing Tulou One Day Tour from US$75 p/p
Xiamen Tulou Two Day Tour from US$255 p/p
Xiamen Tulou Peitian Ancient Village 3 Day Tour from US$319 p/p .

Further Readings

Hongkeng Tulou Clusters
Gaobei Tulou Clusters
Chuxi Tulou Clusters
Nanjing Tulou Clusters
Peitian Village
Yongding County
Xiayang Town
Fuyulou Changdi Inn

Any questions,  just drop a line.

Climb Tianyou Peak in Mount Wuyi – My Trip to Wuyi Mountains

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019
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Plan your Fujian Tour? Listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, both natural and cultural, Mount Wuyi (Wuyishan or Wuyi Mountains) is one of your choices when you are planning your trip to Fujian.

Tianyou Peak ( or Heavenly Tour Peak 天游峰) is located in Tianyou Scenic Area in Wuyi mountains (Wuyishan) of Fujian Provice. It lies at the altitude of 409.6 meters, one of the must visited attractions in Mount Wuyi.

The Tianyou ( Heavenly Tour ) Peak Scenic Area is situated around the 5th and 6th bend of the Nine-Bend River. Tianyou Scenic Area maily includes Wuyi Academy of Classical Learning, Clouds’ Lair as well as Tianyou Peak.

The highlight of visiting Tianyou Peak is to climb the 828 steep stone steps up to the top of the mountain and have A bird’s-eye view of the surrounding peaks and hills made up of red sandstone with very steep slopes but flat tops including the 6th bend of the Nine Bend River below.

This morning we took a local public bus No.06 for Tianyou Peak Scenic Area, which is about 3km west of our lodging hotel in Wuyi Mountain Resort. We walked for half hour and got to the entrance to Tianyou Peak.

The normally people climb up Tianyou Peak from its front and walk down its back. Tianyou Peak’s front steps are very steep and a little risky while its back side is relatively smooth and safe.

So many tourists would hike Tianyou Peak upfront and climb down at its back. The views are stunning with the different heights you get to when you are climbing Tianyou Peak.

Huge Rock Carved “Heavenly Tour” reminds you that you are about to enter Tianyou Scenic Area

A Huge Rock Carved “Heavenly Tour” reminds you that you are about to enter Tianyou Scenic Area

 The ancient calligraphy carvings seen on our way down from the top of Tianyou Peak

The ancient calligraphy carvings seen on our way down from the top of Tianyou Peak

Way back much smoother than hiking up front

I’ve made it, on the top of Tianyou Peak.

The top of Tianyou Peak ( Heavenly Tour Peak ) is only 110m up

People behind us climbing

Peaks and hills made up of red sandstone with very steep slopes but flat tops

Enjoy the views while hiking, the 6th bend of the Nine Bend River below Tianyou Peak

A close at the climbers

Climb Tianyou Peak upfront

Walking to the entrance to Tianyou Peak

Tip:  Hassle-free Wuyishan Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Wuyishan Guided Tours:

Wuyi Mountain 3 Days Tour from US$265 p/p
Mount Wuyi 4 day Tour from US$320 p/p
Wuyishan Car Rental with Driver from US$ 45

Top 10 Attractions in Xiamen, Top Things to Do in Xiamen

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
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Plan your Xiamen tour?  We have listed the top 10 attractions in Xiamen, which may help you plan your short trip to Xiamen. Xiamen is a coastal city in Fujian Province of southeastern China.

Xiamen and the surrounding countryside are famous for being an ancestral home to overseas Chinese. It became one of China’s earliest Special Economic Zones in the 1980s. Xiamen was recently voted China’s cleanest city, and has many attractions for the tourist.

Xiamen and its surrounding countryside provides spectacular scenery and pleasant tree-lined beaches. The most attractive place should be the Gulangyu Island.

No. 01: Gulangyu Island
Gulangyu, or “Drum Wave Islet”, is a car free island off the coast of Xiamen City, which is quite small and is across from the ferry terminal on Xiamen Island near Xiamen University and Zhongshan Road.

Gulangyu Island

Gulangyu Island covers an area of 1.78 square kilometers and stands opposite to Xiamen City across the sea. It is home to about 20,000 people and is a very popular tourist destination. Among the many scenic spots on the island, the most attractive are Sunlight Rock and the Shuzhuang Garden.

Gulangyu Island is renowned for its beaches and winding lanes and its varied architecture. The island is on China’s list of National Scenic Spots and also ranks at the top of the list of the ten most-scenic areas in Fujian Province.

Entrance Fee: Free ( walking around the island )
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: Visitors can reach it by ferry from Xiamen Island in about 5 minutes.

No. 02 Sunlight Rock
Sunlight Rock is also known as Dragon Head Hill. As the highest point of Gulangyu Island, Sunlight Rock Scenic Area includes Sunlight Rock and Piano Garden.

There is a saying that if you haven’t ascended Sunlight Rock, you haven’t really been to Xiamen. Perched atop Sunlight Rock is a gigantic stone with a diameter of over 40 meters.

Sunlight Rock

Sunlight Rock Temple is one of the four top Buddhist temples in Xiamen. The temple was first built in the Ming Dynasty and was famed far and wide, attracting accomplished monks throughout the dynasties.Connected to Sunlight Rock through the cable car, Piano Garden is another attraction for tourists.

There are Hero Boulder, the Aviary and a cinema in the garden.

Entrance Fee: CNY 86
Opening Hours: 07:00-20:45
How to get there: take a boat from the ferry terminal just across the commercial Zhongshan Road.

No. 03: Zhongshan Road in Xiamen
Walking along Zhongshan Pedestrian Street(中山路步行街) in Xiamen is worth your valuable time for your short trip to Xiamen. Most visitors would come to Zhongshan Walking Street either before or after going to Gulangyu Island since the west starting point of Zhongshan Road is just across the ferry terminal.

Zhongshan Road in Xiamen

Avoid going to the Zhongshan Walking Street on weekends or China holidays. Zhongshan Road is bright and alive at night with different colours. Zhongshan Road is teeming with shops and street vendors. Zhongshan Road is more than just a commercial street,  it is a leisure, entertainment and food center in Xiamen.

Over 200 shops lines up the street with clear chain store outlets and trinket shops. Most of the buildings along the Zhongshan Road are a combination of Victoria-era and Chinese traditional architectures, a kind of two-storey buildings known as “Qi Lou” (riding across buildings). Qi Lou is designed both for commerce and living.

No. 04: Island Ring Road in Xiamen
Xiamen Island Ring Road is a 4-6 lane seaside road totally 43km in length, a green belt that offers tourists a perfect place to bike along beautiful seashores.

The best part of the island ring road starts from the Baicheng Beach from Xiamen University to the Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Center, a 10km ring road from south to the east.

Island Ring Road in Xiamen

You may rent a bike or tandem to cycle the 10km island ring for about 2 hours.You also can visit some interesting sights like Hulishan Fortress, parks along the ring road and walkway boards by the sea.

If you have strong legs, you can walk the 10km highlight of the island ring road, a paradise for leisure travelers enjoying the blue sky, beach and green belts along the seashores.

Most of the bike rental shops start from 08:00 am  and close at 9:00pm. A mountain bike costs about 10 to 15 yuan/hour with a deposit of RMB300. Tandem bicycles are charged at a higher rate.|

No. 05: Hulishan Fortress
Hulishan Fortress, which is a spectacular site surrounded by walls made of granite and impressive gates, is located at the southern tip of Xiamen Island.Hulishan Fortress was built in 1891, occupying an area of 13,000 square meters.

Hulishan Fortress

Its buildings are distinctively preserved  to the military style of the Ming Dynasty and also that of the Qing Dynasty.The fortress is composed of the barracks, a secret tunnel, a tower, a sentry platform, the ammunition depot, the trench, and the castle.

The German-made Krupp Cannon is the largest existing coast cannon of its kind in the world.

Entrance Fee: CNY 25
Opening Hours: 7:30-18:00
How to get there: There are many buses can arrive the Hulishan Fortress, including Buses No. 35, 96, 812, 616, 618, 531, 503, 811, 809, 106, 87, 86, 82, 48, 47, 29, 22, etc.

No. 06: Xiamen University
Xiamen University, which is one of the comprehensive universities directly affiliated with the Education Ministry, is located in the city of Xiamen in Fujian Province.

Xiamen University

Xiamen University was founded in 1921 by Tan Kah Kee, the well-known patriotic overseas Chinese leader.Xiamen University, a picturesque campus nestled between the sea and the “Five Old Men” mountains, is largely considered to be the most beautiful campus in China.

There are Luxun memorial Hall and Humanities Museum in Xiamen University.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
How to get there: You can go there by public bus 1, 15, 18, 20, 29, 45.

No. 07: Nanputuo Temple
The Nanputuo Temple is located on the southeast of Xiamen Island. It is surrounded by the graceful sea and the Wulao Peaks behind the temple.Nanputuo literally means South Putuo.Putuo referring to the mountain in Zhejiang province.

Nanputuo Temple

The buildings include Devajara Hall (the Hall of Heavenly Kings), Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian), Dabei Hall (the Hall of Great Compassion) and a Pavilion built in 1936.The monks of Nanputuo are often seen on the nearby busy downtown streets. The Nanputuo Temple is a very famous Buddhist temple founded in the Tang era.

Entrance Fee: CNY 3
Opening Hours: 08:00-20:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 45, 87, 17, 18, 29 or 47 from the downtown area to the Nanputuo Temple

No. 08: Oversea Chinese Museum
Located at the foot of Fengchao Hill, the Xiamen Overseas Chinese Museum is a comprehensive museum that highlights the history of overseas Chinese, and the only Chinese museum set up by overseas Chinese.

The Oversea Chinese Museum was founded by the Chinese philanthropist Chen Jiageng. It is a building with a building area of more than 3,000 square meters, displaying more than 7000 exhibits. Special exhibitions of the museum include Unearthed Mummies in Xinjiang, Inner Mongolian Folk Relics and Ancient Technological Achievements of Chinese Agriculture, etc.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 9:30-16:30
How to get there: take Buses No. 1, 2, 15, 18, 21 or 45 to Bowuguan Station

No. 09: Jimei School Village
On the side of the bank facing north Xiamen Island, stands a small town, Jimei, a famous tourist resort, with beautiful scenery and rich cultural relics.

Jimei School Village was built in 1993 with funds provided by a famous philanthropist and educationalist who was a native of Xiamen named Mr. Tan Kah-kee.

Occupying an area of 100,000 sq meters, Jimei School Village has universities, colleges, secondary schools, primary schools and kindergartens with 10,000 students and teachers. Jimei School Village is well-known at home and abroad for its tradition of fine education, and for its excellent facilities.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: there are shuttle buses between Xiamen Train Station and Jimei School Village., including Buses No. 18, 50, 52, 54, 56, 66 and 67.

No. 10: Wanshi Botanical Garden
Wanshi Botanical Garden, also known as the Xiamen Botanical Garden, is a carefully designed botanical garden around Modanyan Reservoir on the northern slope of Shi Mountain in southeast urban area of Xiamen.

Modanyan reservoir was built in 1952 with extension of Wanshi Botanical Garden. It is divided into more than 20 botanical zones, cultivating grounds and display rooms for more than tens of thousands of cultivated tropical.

Wanshi Botanical Garden has scenic spots such as the Morning Bell of Heaven, the Reading and Music Playing Cave, the Cloud Locking Stones, the Jade Scepter Rock and the Peace Stone.

Entrance Fee: CNY 40
Opening Hours: 05:00-18:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 3, 18, 19, 21 or 809 and get off at Yizhong Station; or take Bus No. 87 and get off at Zhiwuyuan Station

06611Tip:Xiamen Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself Xiamen tour and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Xiamen: