Fortresses, Modern History & The Hakka Balidian, China
Experience a living history of China’s Han people and their fortresses, and the fascinating settlements made by European colonies on the quaint island of Gulangyu.


This concise and educational ‘Fortresses, Modern History & The Hakka’ tour takes you to discover some of the rich history of China. Along the way of this cultural adventure, you’ll learn the fascinating tale of the migration of the Han people to Yongding, and subsequent construction of their incredible walled Hakka fortresses, also known as tulou.

The fortresses are vast, unique, self-contained villages built with high walls and strong defenses, often integrating on-site wells, food storage areas, temples and schools within the construction. Many are now listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and this unique tour actually grants you the opportunity to not only visit several tolou, but also to spend the night in one of these incredible fortresses.

The three-day, two-night tour also takes you to visit Gulangyu, a quaint, peaceful island off the coast of Xiamen in the Fujian Province in Eastern China, which was home to European and Japanese merchants, and subsequently contains some fascinating and unique Art Deco and baroque-style architecture.

Experiencing the pedestrianized island of Gulangyu and the tulou of Yongding will enrich your knowledge of this fascinating region of China while offering you respite from the action-packed, bustling areas of this exciting, busy nation.

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Balidian, China

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Fortresses, Modern History & The Hakka
Balidian, Beijing


Maeve Nolan  (View Profile)
Backyard Travel is an independent online company specializing in tailor made tours to seven destinations in Southeast Asia, Japan and China. Launched in mid February 2012 with headquarters in Bangkok Thailand, Backyard Travel is staffed by locals and expats with many years of experience in the travel industry, who are committed to sharing their deep knowledge of, and passion for the region. Clients travelling with Backyard Travel will explore hidden places and see the classics with a unique twist, connect on a deep level with local people and ultimately gain a genuine understanding of the countries and cultures they visit.

Maeve Nolan
Backyard Travel
Level 18, Park Ventures Ecoplex, 57 Wire
Bangkok, 10330

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