Fujian is famous for the “tulou” architecture of the Hakka ethnic minority. Literally “earth buildings” these houses are circular fortified structures, and have been honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of interest to photographers are the interesting perspectives provided by their concentric ring design, both within the houses themselves and by the clusters of buildings nestling in the lush countryside.
We have selected three of the best areas for excursions and have allowed plenty of time to capture their magnificence in the best light.Yongding County lies in the far west of the province, very nearly on the border of Guangdong, the southernmost province in China. Nanjing County (not to be confused with the old capital city further north) lies closer to Xiamen. We spend 2 nights in each so as to be able to capture a range of images. We also make an excursion to Hua'an, a less well known site further north.
The photo tour ends with a night on Gulangyu Island (aka Piano Island) rather than downtown Xiamen for added interest. In contrast to the traditional tulou, the architecture found on Gulangyu is entirely colonial. An international concession was established here after 1842, and the French, British, and Japanese, among others, built hospitals, schools, and consulates, which provides a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The island is car-free, a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of modern China.
|Travel dates||October 1 - 7, 2017|
|Travel style||Explorer Series, photo tour|
|Small group||Maximum 8 photographers|
|Please note||This photo tour is preceded by Xiapu Explorer. Anyone wishing to combine the two can connect easily with a fast train from Fuzhou to Xiamen. We are happy to arrange this, and to offer a loyalty discount for the second trip.|
|Rooming basis||The price displayed is for a shared room in 4 and 5 star hotels throughout. Single-occupancy rooms are available upon request. A single supplement of $435 will apply.|