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

Sunday, July 4th, 2021
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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 Tourist Map

Xiamen and the surrounding countryside are famous for being an ancestral home to overseas Chinese. Xiamen provides spectacular scenery and pleasant tree-lined beaches. The most attractive place should be the Gulangyu Island.

Xiamen is also an ideal springboard to explore the Hakka earth rammed buildings known as Tulou ( 土楼)in Chinese. Check out Fujian Tulou Tour for more travel information.

No. 01: Gulangyu Island 鼓浪屿

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.

Read my another article How to Visit Gulangyu Island for more travel information.

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(on the Gulangyu Island ) 日光岩(鼓浪屿)

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 60
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 厦门中山路

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.

Read my another article How to visit Zhongshan Road in Xiamen for more travel formation.

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 厦门环岛路

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.

Read my another article How to visit Island Ring Road in Xiamen for travel information.

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 胡里山炮台

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.

Read my another article How to visit Hulishan Fortress for more travel information.

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 厦门大学

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.

Read my another article How to visit Xiamen University for more travel information.

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 南普陀寺

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.

Read my another article How to Visit South Putuo Temple Xiamen for more travel information.

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: Tsan-​tshù-uann 曾厝垵

Tsan-Tshu-Uann is known as the most artistic village in China. It used to be a rustic fishing village, but now it has become a hot cultural and creative village.

The modern and old streets are blended, and there are a lot of unique shops on the street. You can eat while shopping and taking photos, enough for you to spend a whole day.

Cuisine is another label besides literature and art here. The Fifth Street and Eighteen Alleys of Zengcuo 埯 are filled with a wide variety of snacks and fruits that make people’s water flow.

Tsan-​tshù-uann at night ( Photo from travel.qunar.com)

It is also a gathering place of characteristic home stays, including traditional courtyards, baroque single-family villas, ancient and unique fishing village houses, and lively and personalized youth hostels.

Tsan-tshù-uann at night belongs to folk songs and bars, where young people talk freely about their ideals. Under the low voice line of folk songs, they drink with emotions and stories to recall the most memorable time

Public Bus information: Take bus 29, 122, 47; Take the airport bus, there is a direct line to Tsan-​tshù-uann 曾厝垵.

No. 09: Jimei School Village 集美学村

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.

Jimei School Village at night ( photo from internet)

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: Xiamen Botanical Garden 厦门园林植物园

Xiamen Botanical Garden is also known as Wanshi Botanical Garden, 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.

Xiamen Botanical Garden ( Photo from you.ctrip.com)

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 30
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

Tip: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:

Xiamen Cruise Port Day Tour
Xiamen Highlight Day Tour  
Xiamen One Day Side Trip to Yongding Hakka Tulou  
Xiamen 4 Day Highlight Tour
Xiamen Wuyi Mountains 5 Day Tour

Further Readings


Xiamen Tour
Xiamen Cruise Port
How to Visit Xiamen University
How to visit Island Ring Road in Xiamen
How to Visit Hulishan Fortress Xiamen
How to Visit South Putuo Temple Xiamen
How to Visit Zhongshan Road in Xiamen
How to visit Gulangyu Island

If you have any questions, just drop a line.

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

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021
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Plan your Fujian tour? Fujian, situated in the southeast China on the coast of the East China Sea, covers a land of 540 km from east to west and 550 km from north to south. Fujian is a vital navigation hub between the East China Sea and the South China Sea.

As one of the Chinese provinces closest to Southeast Asia, West Asia, East Africa and Oceania, Fujian is blessed with a rich history, famous historical sites and beautiful natural landscapes. For example, Mount Wuyi may enlighten you with its wonderland tour.

No. 01: Gulangyu Island 厦门鼓浪屿

Gulangyu, or “Drum Wave Islet”, is a car free island off the coast of Xiamen, which is is quite small and is across from the ferry terminal on Xiamen Island near Xiamen University.

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.

On the top of the Sunlight Rock, the highest place on the Island.

Entrance Fee: CNY 100
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: Visitors can reach it by ferry from Xiamen Island in about 5 minutes.

Check out How to visit Gulangyu Island for more information.

No. 02: Wuyi Mountain 武夷山

Wuyishan is a mountain range located in the prefecture of Nanping, in the northern border of Fujian province with Jiangxi province. Mount Wuyi entered UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1999.

The cliffs and waters of Wuyi Mountain are outstanding. The average height of the peaks is over 1,000 meters above sea level. Wuyishan is also known for being of great historic and cultural value. The beauty of the mountain and its waters has made Wuyi known as the most attractive mountain in southeast China.

Nine Bend River Rafting Wuyi Mountains

Entrance Fee: CNY 140 (Ticket for one-day entrance);
CNY 150 (Ticket for one-day entrance);
CNY 160 (Ticket for one-day entrance)
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00

How to get there: There are Tourist Buses between Wuyishan City and Wuyishan Mountain. You can take the Tourist Buses from the downtown area of Wuyishan.

Check out the following travel articles for more informaiton on Wuyi Mount:

Top 10 Attractions in Wuyishan
Best Time to Visit Wuyishan
Wuyishan Railway Station
Wuyi Shan Airport
Wuyishan National Holiday Resort
Dahongpao Tea Trees
Heavenly Tour Peak
Nine Bend River
Wuyi Palace
Water Curtain Cave
Tiger Roaring Rock
A Thread of Sky
Impression Dahongpao
Wuyishan City Center

No. 03: Earth Towers of the Hakkas 福建土楼

Earth Towers of the Hakkas in Fujian is well-known for its long history, unique style, large scale, exquisite structure, varied functions and rich connotation. These buildings were constructed using fire-resistive material and therefore practically impregnable.

The ones that are round in shape are the most famous. Most of the round buildings are three stories high with a diameter of 70-80 meters. The formation of the Earth buildings amplify the wisdom and creativeness of the ancestors of the Hakkas settlers in Yongding County and Nanjing County, Fujian.

Entrance Fee: CNY 50
Opening Hours: the whole day
Further Reading:
Hongkeng Tulou Clusters
Gaobei Tulou Clusters
Chuxi Tulou Clusters
Nanjing Tulou Clusters
Peitian Village
Yongding County
Xiayang Town
Fuyulou Changdi Inn

Check out Fujian Tulou Tour for more information.

No. 04: Peitian Village 培田古村

Peitian Village is located in Liancheng County of Longyan City in west Fujian. It is about 100km northeast of Longyan and 300km northeast of Xiamen. The Ming and Qing building complex has been well preserved with a history of over 800 years.

Peitian Village

The cluster of the ancient Ming and Qing buildings in the Peitian Village is one of the three kinds of vernacular Hakkak dwellings. The other two are Tulou(clay buildings) in Southwest Fujian and Weilong Wu (circled dragon houses) in Meizhou of east Guangdong.

Check out How to visit Peitian Village for more information.

No. 5: Three Lanes and Seven Alleys in Fuzhou 三坊七巷

Three Lanes and Seven Alleys ( Sanfang Qixiang in Chinese) is a national 5A level tourist attraction in Fuzhou. It is one of the remaining historic districts in the old city of Fuzhou after the city urbanization process. Fuzhou is the source of history, the root of culture, cultural prosperity.

Since Jin and Tang Dynasties, the Three Lanes and Seven Alleys had been the settlements of aristocrats and scholar-officials, and they became brilliant from the Qing Dynasty to the Republic of China.

An aerial view of Three Lanes and Seven Alleys ( photo from internet)

There are about 270 ancient dwellings in this area, and 159 of them have been listed as protected buildings. Three Lanes and Seven Alleys, represented by nine typical buildings such as the former residences of Shen Baozhen, Lin Jemin and Yan Fu, have been declared as national key cultural relic protection units by the State Council.

Entrance Fee: 120
Opening Hours: Open all day; paid attractions: 8:30-17:00
Add: Sanfang Qixiang, Gulou District, Fuzhou City, Fujian Province
How to get there: Take Fuzhou Metro Line 1 and get off at Dongjiekou Station, then walk to the nearby Three Lanes and Seven Alleys.

No. 06: Kaiyuan Temple 泉州开元寺

Kaiyuan Temple, which is situated in West Street of Quanzhou City, is the largest temple in Fujian Province. The temple is one of the outstanding examples of Chinese architecture and art.

Flying musicians are carved on pillars that support the roof of the Hall of One Hundred Pillars. The two pagodas that stand opposite each other in front of the main hall in the temple, Purple Cloud Hall, are octagonal five-tier stone buildings with exquisite carvings. Two images of Buddha are carved on each of the eight sides. Forty ancient Buddhist tales are inscribed on the walls of one of the pagodas.

Kaiyuan Temple
Kaiyuan Temple ( photo from internet)

Flying musicians are carved on pillars that support the roof of the Hall of One Hundred Pillars. The two pagodas that stand opposite each other in front of the main hall in the temple, Purple Cloud Hall, are octagonal five-tier stone buildings with exquisite carvings. Two images of Buddha are carved on each of the eight sides. Forty ancient Buddhist tales are inscribed on the walls of one of the pagodas.

Entrance Fee: CNY 10
Opening Hours: 07:30-17:30
Add: 176 West Street, Licheng District, Quanzhou City, Fujian
How to get there: take Bus No.2 or Tourist Bus No. 601 to get there

No. 07: Mount Taimu 太姥山

Taimu Mountain, located in the northeast of Fujian Province. In a narrow sense, Taimu Mountain refers to the mountainous area centered on Fuding Peak in Qinyu Town in the south of Fuding City. It is also the core area of Taimu Mountain Scenic Spot. It is 45 kilometers south of Fuding City. It stands on the shore of the East China Sea, facing the sea on three sides and backing mountains on one side. The main peak is 917.3 meters above sea level.

Taimu Mountain ( photo from internet)

Taimu Mountain is the only mountain peak forest landform developed on the terrain of granite hills in China, and also the only mountain peak forest landform in the Jingdong granite belt in China. It was listed in the World Geopark in 2010.

Open time May 1 – October 7: 07:00-17:30
October 8 to April 30 of the following year: 07:00-17:00
Add: 45 kilometers away from the urban area of Fuding City in Ningde City, Fujian

No. 08 Taining World Geological Park 泰宁世界地质公园

Taining Scenic Area: Taining World Geological Park, the national geological park, the national key cultural relics protection units, the national non-material cultural heritage, one of China top ten famous town charm, the Chinese excellent tourism county.

The main landscape features are water Danxia, canyon community, cave wonders and primitive ecology, which is a collection of singularity, diversity, leisure and culture.

The park is a comprehensive geopark with the typical youth Danxia landform as the main body and various geological relics such as volcanic rock, granite and tectonic landform.

Taining World Geological Park (taininggeopark.com)

Add: Taining County, Sanming City, Fujian Province
How to get there:
By air
From Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and other places flying direct to Fuzhou, Xiamen, Wuyishan, and then connecting by bus to Taining.
By train
From Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Hefei, Nanchang, Fuzhou, Xiamen and other places train rides direct to Shaowu, Shunchang, Nanping, Sanming and other places, and then connecting by bus to taining.
By car
Taining to Shaowu 76 km, to Mount Wuyi 146 km, to Nanping 184 km, to Sanming 176 km, to Jiangxi Lichuan 85 km.

No. 09: Meizhou Island 湄洲岛

Meizhou Island, only 1.82 nautical miles away from the mainland, is located 42 kilometers southeast of Putian City, Fujian. It has a land area of 14.35 square kilometers and a population of 38,000 with the coastline of 30.4 kilometers. The island is 9.6 kilometers long from north to south and 1.3 kilometers wide from east to west.

Meizhou island, known as “Southland Penglai” boasts the Mazu Temple, the gold beaches, the little stone forest and more scenic spots. Especially It is known for being the birthplace of the goddess Mazu. The Heavenly Empress Palace-Meizhou Ancestral Temple has now been renovated and greatly enlarged to accommodate pilgrims.

Meizhou Island ( photo from internet)

In 1998, Meizhou Island was designated as an open tourism economic zone of Fujian Province. In 1992, it was established as a national tourism resort. In December 2020, Meizhou Island was listed as a national AAAAA scenic spot.

Traffic routes
Putian Bus Station (by bus) Xinwen Road, etc. — Wenjia Wharf (by boat) — Meizhou Island;
Fuzhou-Xiamen Expressway — Putian (to the direction of Meizhou Island) — Shimen O (exit) (Yuepu West Exit) — Wenjia Terminal (by boat) — Meizhou Island;
Bus No. 363 from Putian Railway Station — Wenjia Terminal (by boat) — Meizhou Island.

No. 10: Xiapu 霞浦

Xiapu County was established in Qing Dynasty in the year of 1734. Now it is under the adminsitration of Ningde City, in the northeast of Fujian Province.

It is located in a coastal peninsular area with the coastline of 505 kilometers. There are more than 400 islands in Xiapu. The long coastline and numerous islands and harbors have become the geographical characteristics of Xiapu.

Xiapu ( photo from internet)

Now Xiapu is very popular among landscapes photograpy lovers.

Hassle-free guided Fujian tours

Fujian Tulou Tour
Wuyi Mountain Tour
Xiamen Tour
Tulou  Tour

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Wuyishan
How to Visit Xiamen University
How to visit Island Ring Road in Xiamen
How to Visit Hulishan Fortress Xiamen
How to Visit South Putuo Temple Xiamen
How to Visit Zhongshan Road in Xiamen
How to Visit Gulangyu Island

Wuyi Palace Wuyi Mountains
Water Curtain Cave in Wuyi Mountains
Da Hong Pao, Dahongpao Tea Trees
A Thread of Sky, the Thread of Sky Caves in Wuyi Mountains
Impression Dahongpao, Impression Da Hong Pao

Peitian Village, Ancient Peitian Village in Fujian
Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, Nanjing Tulou – Fujian Tulou
Chengqilou, Gaobei Tulou Cluster – Fujian Tulou
Zhengchenglou, Hongkeng Tulou Cluster – Fujian Tulou
Jiqinglou, Chuxi Tulou Cluster – Fujian Tulou

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Peitian Village in Fujian

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020
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Plan your Fujian Tour? Peitian Village is a place worth visiting in Fujian. The cluster of the ancient Ming and Qing buildings in the Peitian Village is one of the three kinds of vernacular Hakkak dwellings. The other two are Tulou (clay buildings) in Southwest Fujian and Weilong Wu (circled dragon houses) in Meizhou of east Guangdong.

The Peitian Village is located in Liancheng County of Longyan City in west Fujian. It is about 100km northeast of Longyan and 300km northeast of Xiamen. The Ming and Qing building complex has been well preserved with a history of over 800 years.

The ancient building cluster includes 30 magnificent houses, 21 ancestral halls, 6 academies of classical learning, 2 memorial archways, and a 1000- meter long ancient street paved with cobblestones.
All the grand buildings in Peitian Village are based on the structure of the “Nine Halls and Eighteen Patios”. “9 Halls” mean door hall, lower hall, middle hall, upper hall, downstairs hall, upstairs hall, back hall, left flower hall, and right flower hall. The 18 patios (courtyards) include 5 yards in the entrance halls, 10 yards in the crosswise houses and 3 yards in the back hall. Each building is decorated with reliefs, couplets and stone steles. It is a wonder in the culture and architecture radiating from the unique buildings built by the Hakka people, attracting tourists from all over the world each year.

The history of Peitian Village can be traced to the year 1344 when the Wu family clan immigrated from northen China here in Peitian. They toiled on the limited land and created a splendid Hakka culture and the Hakka house building structure surrounded by the mountains and a river. Today there are about 300 households with a population of 1400 in the village with the same surname “Wu”.

Peitian Village is more than just an ancient village teemed with Ming and Qing styled buildings, it is a beautiful manor, a water and mountain painting, a history book of Hakka people and Hakka culture. Peitian Village is listed as one of the 10 most idyllic villages in China, a key national level attraction.

We walked on the cobblestoned and slabs paved village road and entered the village through a stone archway flanked by the hill on the left and dense trees on the right, serving as a screen – a typical Chinese architecture.
The Stone Archway Entrance to Peitian Village

The Stone Archway Entrance to Peitian Village

Now we entered the village, amazed by its tranquility and beauty.

Now we entered the village, amazed by its tranquility and beauty.

Hens were carefreely wandering in the yard by the village house.

Hens were carefreely wandering in the yard by the village house.

Little sign of commercialization, the local villager were simple, friendly.

Little sign of commercialization, the local villager were simple, friendly.

“Dafu Di” (Senior Officials Mansion)

We first visited the grand building “Dafu Di” (Senior Officials Mansion), also known as “Jishu Tang” ( Abode of Herutage). The huge complex was built in 1884 and completed in 1894, financed by 10 plus families. The complex occupies an area of 6,900 square meters, with 18 halls, 24 patios, and 108 rooms. This is the largest well-preserved residential complex in Peitian Village. The three-character inscription on the top of the inner gate shows the high status of the owner of the magnificent house.

Outer Gate of the grand building “Dafu Di” (Senior Officials Mansion), also known as “Jishu Tang” ( Abode of Heritage). The inscription on the top of the outer gate “The Three Terraces Forming Auspiciousness” (三台拱瑞) means “Three Stars shine intto the house”.

The three-character (大夫第) inscription on the top of the inner gate shows the high status of the owner of the magnificent house.

Outer Gate of the grand building – Dafu Di

Inside the house are a number of merits plaque for successful candidates for imperial examinations and plaques for the titled offered by the imperial mandates, plaques for honorary messages.

Inside the house are a number of merits plaque

Wooden Carved Hand Carvings, reliefs, sculptures.

Wooden Carved Hand Carvings, reliefs, sculptures.

One Thousand Meter Cobblestone Road in the Village

The 1000 meter long cobblestone road winding in the village is flanked on the inner side by a number of ancestral halls. All the ancestral halls were elaborately built with upturned eves, elegant reliefs and sculptures. The ancient cobblestone paved road The water passing covertly under the cobblestone paved road.

The water passing covertly under the cobblestone paved road.

The two ancestral halls – Heng and Jin are adjacent to each other. They were built during the Kangxi and Qianlong respectively in Qing Dynasty. Inside the halls are gilded shrines for ancestors. The beams, arches, columns were elaborately engraved and painted. The Ancestral Hall for Revered Heng.

The Ancestral Hall for Revered Heng

The Ancestral Hall for Revered Jin

The Ancestral Hall for Revered Jin

The House of “Jinshi Di” (Scholar’s Mansion)

The house of “Jinshi Di” is the former residence of Wu Bozheng, who was the senior imperial bodyguard in Qing Dynasty. In the lower hall hangs the golden horizontal inscription of “Jinshi”. 

the golden horizontal inscription of Jinshi

In the upper hall hangs the inscribed board of “Wuban Tang”

In the upper hall hangs the inscribed board of Wuben Tang

In the middle of the courtyard lies a big stone for exercising which weighs more than 150kg.

In the middle of the courtyard lies a big stone for exercising which weighs more than 150kg

The engraved windows in the hall

The engraved windows in the hall

Stately Home of Reception (官厅)

Constructed in the period of Emperial Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty, the Stately Home of Recepetion is a five-row and three-side room structure and is a typical nine-hall and 18-patio complex. A screen faces the gate of the house and there is also a “moon pond” in front of the gate.

The Moon Pond in front of the Gate 

The Moon Pond in front of the Gate

The inner gate of the Stately Home of Recepetion

The inner gate of the Stately Home of Recepetion

An old lady selling the local products

An old lady selling the local products

Catching small fishes in the ditch

A good helper

A good helper

Peitian Village Travel Tips

1. Entrance fee: RMB 50
2. Enquiry Tel: 0597 – 8388998
3. Complaint Tel: 0597 – 8921895
4. Assistance tel: 0597 – 8388095
5. Liancheng Tourism Bureau Tel: 0597 – 8921895
6. 100km northeast of Longyan City
7. 300km northeast of Xiamen city

Hassle-free Fujian 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 Fujian guided tours:

Fujian Tour
Xiamen Tour
Wuyishan Tour
Fujian Tulou Tour
Xiamen Yongding Tulou One Day Tour
Wuyi Mountain 3 Days Tour
Xiamen Quanzhou Putian Meizhou Island Fuzhou Wuyishan 8 Day Tour

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Fujian
Top 10 Attractions in Xiamen
Top 10 Attractions in Wuyishan
Jiqinglou, Chuxi Tulou Cluster
Chengqilou, Gaobei Tulou Cluster
Zhengchenglou, Hongkeng Tulou Cluster
Peitian Village in Fujian

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