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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

Any questions, just drop a line.

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

Any questions,just drop a line.

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.