Yongding’s Hakka Tulou (‘Earth Buildings’ 楼 Tǔlóu /too-loh/) are unique, usually round, fort-like buildings, built with a mixture of clay and sandy soil. These rare buildings, that were designed by the Hakka people as large fortresses and apartment buildings in one, and were inscribed by UNESCO as a cluster of World Cultural Heritage Sites in 2008.

INTRODUCTION

Fujian Province, with its capital Fuzhou, is on China’s southeastern coast. It faces the island province of Taiwan across Taiwan Strait to the east. Neighboring provinces are Zhejiang to the north, Jiangxi to the west, and Guangdong to the south. It occupies an area of around 120,000 square kilometers (about 46,335 square miles). Its permanent resident population is slightly above 34.7 million. Many minority ethnic groups live in this province: Hui, Miao and Manchu.

Yongding’s Hakka Tulou in are an example of supreme engineering skills. Originally designed to serve as a fortress and apartment building in one, now are proudly sitting on the list of UNESCO Heritage Sites of China.

Walled villages were built from the Song Dynasty (960–1279), when the Hakka Han moved from their original homeland in northern central China to the mountains of southeast China. From then, construction remained much the same, until conflicts with neighbors led to the development of fort-like housing from the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) to the Republic of China era (1912–1949).

THIS TWO-DAY TRIP FEATURES:

DAY 1

See an impressive structure known as Fuyu, an example of five-phoenix-style earthen building.  It will be your home for two days.

Wander through the streets of beautiful Yongding and see the Tulous there. 

Hike around some tea plantations 

After dinner, join our bonfire party (optional) if weather is good!

DAY 2

Spend the morning like a local, tasting tea and making traditional Hakka dumplings. 

After lunch set off to explore Chuxi village (1h drive).

Catch the sunset at Chuxi Village from a viewpoint tower 

We love our host family here. They are always so friendly, their home is so beautiful and their meals are to die for. 

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PRICE: 1599 RMB / 230 USD

*500 RMB deposit (included in the price) is required upon signing up. The full payment must be made by the 5th of October. 

In case of a cancellation, the amount paid is not refundable after the 5th of October, unless a replacement is found.

A MINIMUM of 10 participants is required to organize this trip. Should the trip be cancelled due to a low number of participants, changing weather conditions or other unforeseeable factors, all guests receive a full refund. 

MAXIMUM group size: 18 guests

Accepted payment methods:

  1. Wechat Pay

  2. Alipay 

  3. Paypal

  4. Transfer/deposit to Bank of China 

INCLUDED:

Local food; both meat and vegetarian choices.

  • Breakfast x2
  • Lunch x2
  • Dinner x2. 
  • Double occupancy rooms in Fuyu fortress.
  • Shared double occupancy add 

***NOTE – 100 RMB for single supplement. No bathroom on room, ONLY on the hallway for single bed rooms.

  • Certified in First Aid / CPR / AED by American Red Cross
  • Accidental death and disability 100,000 RMB
  • Accidental medical treatment 10,000 RMB
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation 100,000 RMB

Important notice: If you do not work in China and do not have a Chinese bank account you are required to obtain your own insurance policy.

  • Yongding Station to Sunrise viewpoint
  • Sunrise viewpoint to Yongding village
  • Yongding to Nanjin village
  • Nanjin to Lover’s Mountain
  • Lover’s Mountain to Yongding village
  • Yongding village to Yongding Station 

NOT INCLUDED:

SCHEDULE

04:36 – Arrive in Yongding train station and transfer to the private van.

05:30 – Arrive in Yongding village. Check-in and rest time.

09:00 – Breakfast

10:00 – Explore the village.

12:00 – Lunch and rest time

14:00 – Drive to the hike location  

15:00 – Start hiking 

19:00 – Return to Yongding village, dinner 

20:00 – Bonfire (depending on the weather)

8:30 – Breakfast and free time to walk around. 

10:00 – Tea tasting 

11:00 – Dumpling making 

12:00 – Lunch 

13:30 – Depart to Chuxi village 

14:30 – Arrive in Chuxi, explore 

16:30 – Explore Nanxi village 

17:30 – Sunset viewpoint 

19:00 – Dinner 

20:00 – Depart from the village

21:00 – Arrive in Yongding train station

22:14 – Depart from Yongding 

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