Backyard Travel Release New China Tour: Fortresses, Modern History & The Hakka

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Backyard Travel, Asia’s most innovative travel company, have today released details a new tailor-made tour to China’s Eastern region, Fujian. The educational ‘Fortresses, Modern History & The Hakka’ tour takes travelers to discover the fascinating past of the region, especially the migration of the Han people to Yongding and their building of self-contained fortresses, as well as staying on the island of Gulangyu, where the footprints of European and Japanese merchants can still be seen.

Hakka tulou in Southern Fujian, China

This tour is essentially a laid-back educational experience, taking guests to see some of the absorbing colonial regional history of China. Fujian is not often the first place that springs to mind when people think of China.

The three-day, two night tour, carefully designed by Backyard Travel’s Beijing-based Travel Specialists, begins by traveling the short ferry journey from Xiamen to Gulangyu Island, a quaint, charming island in the Fujian Province on the east coast of China. The island’s history is rich, and travelers will have the chance to discover its past as they meander the streets and absorb the variety and elegant mixture of colonial and Chinese architecture, while experiencing breathtaking views of the island from Sunlight Rock, also known as ‘Dragon Head Hill’.

Once on the island travelers can also discover the art of penjing, also known as bonsai in the delightful Shuzhuang Garden, once the residence of a wealthy Taiwanese businessman, which hosts several iconic Chinese pavilions. There is also the opportunity for travelers to try the local seafood specialty ‘Xiamen Pie’ at a local restaurant.

The following day, travelers will return to Xiamen by ferry and then be taken on a four-hour drive to Yongding. This region of China is scattered with many spectacular Hakka Fortresses, also known as tulou. The fortresses were constructed during the Ming Dynasty by Han people who fled east under duress from the Manchu. When settling in this new region they found acceptance difficult and were forced to construct miniature self-contained cities to withstand attacks from local tribes.

The tulou still exist and are in use today, often containing communities numbering in the hundreds. Many of the tulou are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and this tailored tour takes travelers to investigate some of the most iconic buildings in the province. First the tour will visit the Hongkeng fortresses of Zhencheng Lou, Kuiju Lou and Rusheng Lou before heading to the ‘King of Tulou’, Chengqi Lou in the Gaobei Village, notable for its vast size and dates back to the 18th century.

Travelers on the tour will then have the unique opportunity to spend the night in the tulou to fully grasp the lifestyle and how the modern-day Han have adapted their unusual way of life. Travelers will also enjoy a traditional family dinner in the tulou to sample some authentic regional delicacies.

After a home-cooked breakfast at the tulou, travelers will then be taken on the return journey to Xiamen and on the way will visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster which comprises five fortresses in close proximity, three of which are round and one oval, which surround a central square tulou. After the visit, travelers will then be transferred back to the airport in Xiamen before moving on to their next destination.

“This Fortresses, Modern History & the Hakka Tour is more than just sightseeing, it’s an immersion into some of China’s fascinating past,” said Backyard Travel’s General Manager Maeve Nolan. “This tour is essentially a laid-back educational experience, taking guests to see some of the absorbing colonial regional history of China. Fujian is not often the first place that springs to mind when people think of China, but the region holds some absolute gems.”

About Backyard Travel
Bangkok based Backyard Travel is an online travel company specializing in tailor-made tours to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Japan, and China. For more information about Backyard Travel, visit or Facebook page

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