Out of the World Xiapu & Cinquefoil Earth Building Photography (8D7N)

 

Depart Singapore:

26 October 2015 (Monday)

 

Depart Xiamen:

02 November 2015 (Monday)

 

Trip Type:

This is a photography trip Photography

 

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In the province of Fujian, China lies a county known as Xiapu (霞浦), which is also themed as the Shangri-La on the Sea.

Worthy of this name, Xiapu has the longest coast line in Fujian and the largest mudflat in China. She is famous for her picturesque mudflat, which lures many tourists and photographers to witness her beauty. Its breathtaking morning scenery makes it one of the best places to see sunrise. Photographs taken of Xiapu are like art pieces.

Before embarking on our photography session in Xiapu, we first bring you to witness UNESCO World Heritage site of Fujian earth building (土楼). Now, you have probably seen pictures of earth building, how about seeing it for yourself?

After witnessing the unique architecture of earth buildings, I believe you can’t wait to go for more. In Xiapu, you will get to learn from local photography teacher on how to take amazingly beautiful pictures of Xiapu. It is a wonderful opportunity and experience to learn tips and tricks from the teacher who is very familiar with the places around Xiapu. You can be sure with locals accompanying us, we will be bringing you to vantage positions at different time of the day for best photo-takings opportunities.

This is a trip made especially for shutter bugs. It is not every day that you get the opportunity to travel with fellow photographers and to learn from each other. Remember, you have to be there to witness for yourself. :)

 

Itinerary 

Day 1 (26 Oct): Arrive at Xiamen (厦门) – Transfer to Nanjing (南靖)

  • Taxia village (塔下村)Pickup from Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, meet up with your guide and direct transfer to Nanjing (around 2hrs drive).
  • Arrived at the water town of Taxia village (塔下村). Built in 1426 in Ming Dynasty by Zhang Family, Taxia is an exquisite Hakka village located in a tranquil valley in Shuyang Town.
  • Along the bank of a clear brook that flows through the entire village, there are more than 20 earth buildings, each of different shapes. Another major attraction is Zhang’s Clan Ancestral Hall which is listed among the key culture relics protected under national level.
  • After dinner, check into hotel and overnight.

Meals provided: Dinner

Accommodation: 3-star hotel (China standard), Taxia Village

 

Day 2 (27 Oct): Tianloukeng Tulou (田螺坑生土楼群) – Yuchanglou (裕昌楼) – Shunyulou (顺裕楼) – Hekeng Tulou (河坑土楼群) – Nanjing (南靖)

  • Huaiyuanlou (怀远楼)After breakfast, we start our journey of exploring the earth buildings. We first visit Tianloukeng (田螺坑土楼) (literally “Snail Pit” Village) Earthen Building Cluster, a national protected cultural site inhabited by hundreds of Hakka people of Wong family. Tianloukeng consists of five tulous with a square “BuYunLou” at the center, surrounded by three rotundas tulous and an oval tulou, forming a pattern of “four dishes and a soup” (四菜一湯). This is one of the most magnificent and well-preserved Hakka castle in the area.
  • Next, visit Yuchanglou (裕昌楼), a five-storey tulou built in 1308 Yuan dynasty by the Liu family clan and is one of the oldest existing tulou. Yuchanglou has been nicknamed the “zigzag building” (“东倒西歪楼”) for its tilted pillars that zigzags left and right. It was built that way due to an error measuring the building materials. In spite of this apparent infirmity, this tall tulou withstood 700 years of natural elements and social turmoil.
  • After lunch, visit Shunyulou (顺裕楼), a circular four-storey building with just one ring. Built in 1945 by Zhang family, it has the longest outer diameter (74.1m), among the single donut-type Tulou houses with an inner corridor.
  • Our last stop of the day is to visit Hekeng Tulou (河坑土楼群). Located in Hekeng Village, Hekeng Tulou is an extremely extensive and impressive cluster consists of 27 earthen houses. We can also climb to a higher point to have an overall view of Hekeng Tulou cluster during sunset.
  • After a day of visiting tulous, we will proceed to Nanjing (南靖) where we will spend a night there.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: 3-star hotel (China standard), Nanjing

 

Day 3 (28 Oct): Nanjing (南靖) – Xiapu (霞浦) – Xiaohao (小皓)

  • Sunset at Xiaohao (小皓) beachAfter breakfast, transfer to Nanjing train station for our high- speed train to Xiapu (霞浦). The train journey will take 3hrs 26mins.
  • Upon arrival at Xiapu, check into hotel. After lunch, we will proceed with our first photo shoot of the day.
  • This afternoon, we will be taking pictures of sunset at Xiaohao (小皓) beach, one of the most beautiful around this area. During sunset, you can see a lot of fisherman boats scattered around the water with good lighting. Please remember to bring your telephoto lens.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accomodation: 3-star hotel (China standard), Xiapu

 

Day 4 (29 Oct): Bailu (白鹭) – Dongandao (东安岛) – Xishan (西山) – Dongbi (东壁)

  • Sunset at Dongbi (东壁)Rise early today for an exciting day of photoshooting sessions at various locations.
  • Very early morning, travel to Bailu (白鹭) where we get to witness the beauty of sunrise rising from Mantoushan (馒头山). Thousand rows of fishing bamboo are planted on the low lying beach as well. The perfect sight for beautiful photo-takings.
  • After sunrise, venture out on a boat to Dongandao (东安岛) to capture the floating fishing village. This fishing village has a name “海上威尼斯”, literally meaning “Venice on the Sea” – there are hundreds of houses built on the sea, a very impressive sight which will take your breath away and make sure you will snap non-stop.
  • After lunch, proceed to Xishan (西山) as we await the fishermen returning from their fishing trip. This is also a very good place for sunset. But we will be going to Dongbi (东壁) right after Xishan for one of the best sunset view over the sea.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: 3-star hotel (China standard), Xiapu

 

Day 5 (30 Oct): Huazhu (花竹) – Yangjiaxi (杨家溪) – Yantian (盐田) – Huyuaou (浒屿澳)

  • Yangjiaxi (杨家溪)Another day of rising early for the sake of taking nice sunrise photos.
  • Early morning, travel to Huazhu (花竹) for the beautiful sunrise where under the sun rays, different colours forms in the surrounding environment, forming an impressive sight.
  • After Huazhu, transfer to Yangjiaxi (杨家溪) for some ancient banyan tree photo-taking in the picturesque old banyan tree forest. Some of the banyan tree has more than 800 years of history. Under the shine of sunrays penetrating through the forest, the whole scenery seems to be like an oil painting.
  • Break for lunch before continuing in the afternoon.
  • After lunch, it is time to visit Yantian (盐田) where you can interact with the locals, known as “连家船民” (“Lian Family Fleet Culture”). They are the boat people of Yantian, who for generations, have been dependent on fishing and clam picking as their livelihood. They live in small run-down (sometimes broken) boat and have to lead a wandering life on the sea, weathering all kinds of harsh conditions on the sea, just to be able to make ends meet. They have also been labelled as “sea gypsies”. Use your camera and skills, to showcase the life of these boat people. Tell their history, their culture and their stories through your lenses.
  • We end our third day of Xiapu photography by travelling to Huyuaou (浒屿澳) for the captivating sunset.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: 3-star hotel (China standard), Xiapu

 

Day 6 (31 Oct): Beidou (北兜) – Shajiang (沙江) – Qidou (七都)

  • Shajiang (沙江)On this fourth day of photography, we travel to Beidou (北兜) for sunrise.
  • Next, go to Shajiang (沙江), the infamous site where we can see hundreds and thousands of bamboo sticking out from the mudflat and also the S-shaped bay as well as fishing boats coming in and out of the bay. The water here is isolated and calm and simply has too many subjects for photography.
  • After lunch, visit Qidou (七都) shoal to see fishermen working hard under the sun. The high tide and low tide in Qidou is very special as ‘lines’ are form. These lines shift as the tides comes in and out and makes it a very unique place for photo-taking.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: 3-star hotel (China standard), Xiapu

 

Day 7 (01 Nov): Beiqi (北岐) – Xiamen (厦门)

  • Beiqi (北岐)Today is our last day in Xiapu.
  • Early morning around 6am, reach Beiqi (北岐) shoal for sunrise photo-taking. Beiqi is a small fishing village by the sea and is the ground for seaweed harvesting. This is considered the number one shooting point and a must-visit for all shutter bugs. In Beiqi we can see large crowd of fisherman working. As the sun slowly make its way up from the sea, the sea seems to be covered with a layer of gold. Against the backdrop of seaweed hanging at bamboo pole, it is a scene not to be missed.
  • After almost five days travelling around Xiapu, today we bid farewell to this extraordinary beautiful place for Xiamen. We certainly hope you have captured many award-winning photographs during this fulfilling photography trip.
  • Transfer to Xiapu train station for our high-speed train to Xiamen (厦门). The train journey will take around 2.5hrs.
  • On arrival at Xiamen train station, transfer to hotel. The day is free and easy and you can explore Xiamen yourself.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation: 3-star hotel (China standard), Xiamen

 

Day 8 (02 Nov): Departure

  • After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport (around 8am) for your flight back home.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price

Twin-Sharing (Price Per Pax)

SGD1219.00

Single Pax

SGD1379.00

(Price is for minimum 6 pax to depart. For solo traveller or other group sizes, contact us for pricing.)

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.

Highlights

  • Exquisite UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fujian earth buildings
  • Picturesque sites in Xiapu (Shangri-La on the sea) for your photo-taking
  • Professional photography teacher where you will be brought to vantage shooting locations
  • Countless sunrise and sunset shooting opportunities
  • Infamous mudflat and S-shaped bay of Shajiang
  • Visit the “Venice on the Sea” and get up close and personal with the boat people of Yantian

Package Inclusions

  • 7 nights’ accommodation based on double/twin sharing room in 3-star hotels (China standard)
  • Meals as mentioned in above itinerary
  • Professional photography teacher (mandarin-speaking) and guidance during Xiapu 5 days shooting
  • Transportation on a private car/bus with fully licensed driver
  • Train ticket from Nanjing – Xiapu
  • Train ticket from Xiapu – Xiamen
  • Tours and entrance fees for all of the sites which the group attends together, as listed in above itinerary

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore – Xiamen – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Chinese Visa fee (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, mineral water, liquors, laundry, shopping, cigarettes, telephone calls and etc.)
  • Meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tips or gratuities to driver/guide
  • Optional tours

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Flight cost and information as at 31 Mar 2015. Subject to availability and change.

 

26 October 2015

Singapore to Xiamen:

Xiamen Airlines (MF 874) 0855hrs – 1250hrs

 

02 November 2015

Xiamen to Singapore:

Xiamen Airlines (MF 851) 1100hrs – 1515hrs

 

Estimated price of return air tickets (inclusive of airport taxes and 20kg baggage, excluding miscellaneous): SGD507.44

 

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