Hakka Tulou Extension tour in Xiamen

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We embarked Libra cruise from Xiamen and spent a magical weekend departing last Friday for a 3-day/2-night cruise to Penghu, known for her famous blue skies and pristine white beaches.

Penghu

Shili Beach is the best beach on the main island of Penghu. It is more than a kilometer long. The beach here is made up of fine grains of coral and seashell.

beach of Penghu

 

ZengCuoAn Beach in Xiamen

This water front plank is 6km long, goes from Hulishan Fort, Pearl Bay Garden, Calligraphy Square, ZengCuoAn Beach, Musician Square, Baishi Fort relics, Sun Bay Beach, Huangcuo Rock Beach.

This waterfront plank is divided into two parts.  The waterfront bridge is built on shoreline cliffs, and the trail is built on beach.

beach in Xiamen

 

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster

We take a Xiamen and Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster 3 days tour, picked up by a local tour guide from Xiamen Internation Passenger's Cruise Terminal.

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster consists of a square earth building at the center of a quincunx, surrounded by four round earth buildings

The five earth buildings are:

1.  The square earth building named Buyun building(Reaching the Cloud building) at the center of the quincunx. It was the first earth building at this site, built in 1796. It is three storeys high, each storey has 26 rooms, four sets of stairs, and a circular corridor in front of the rooms. The Buyun building was burnt down by bandits in 1936, and rebuilt in 1953 according to the original shape.

2. The Hechang building, a three-storey-high round earth building,
3.  Zhenchang building, three storeys, round shape, 26 rooms per storey, built in 1930
4.  Ruiyun building, built in 1936, three storeys, 26 rooms per floor.
5.  The oval shape Wenchang building of 1966, three storeys, 32 rooms per floor.

This is the first time I visit this area of China.  In fact we enjoy a leisure holiday on the beach island of Penghu which is a part of Taiwan, and coast city of Xiamen, which is a symbol of fast processing modern communist China, and a traditional village of Tianluokeng, only 3 hours away from Xiamen.  You will like more of our Xiamen tour programs and Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster is must go trip.

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Pink Dolphin Tour in Hong Kong

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In our 3 days stay in Hong Kong, we go to a Pink Dolphin Tour.

pink dolphin near Lantan Island

Pink Dolphin in Hong Kong

These unique pink dolphins live in a small area near the north and southeast of Lantau Island and around the smaller Peng Chau Island.

They are called Chinese white dolphin, a variety of Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphin.  The pink colour originates not from a pigment, but from blood vessels which are overdeveloped for thermoregulation.  At birth, the dolphins are black. They change to grey, then pinkish with spots when young.  Adults are white.
(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_white_dolphin)

How to go there

Take MTR from Central Station to Tung Chung staion. 
From MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B, you will find the Tung Chung Bus Station.
Take New Lantao Bus Route 11 to Tai O.

In Tai O, local people offer a boat ride of Pink Dolphin Tours. The boat tour takes you through the fishing village and out to the China Sea. No tour can guarantee that you will see the dolphins, the best time is June, July and August. You might see dolphins, jimping out of the water.

Tai O Boat Excursion Operating Hours: 10am – 5:30pm, each boat journey is approx 20 minutes.

Tai O village

Tai O village

Tai O village is a unique memory of life in an old fishing village. Stilt houses along the waterways are home to fisherfolk families and boats are the main form of transport. Salted fish and shrimp paste are some of the renowned local specialties.

Tai O Heritage Hotel


Tai O Heritage Hotel

After the Pink Dolphin Cruise, walk around the Tai O Village, and you will find choices of different foodstands along the narrow street. Follow the road sign and go as ocean-front as you can get, you will see a beautiful pier and a colonial style buiding hidden on hill. Dating from 1902, this building was formerly the Tai O police station and one of the earliest police stations built in the New Territories.

This is the first time I have a tour like this. It is not really an ordinary Hong Kong tour, We are very happy for having a chance to explore a traditional village life in Hong Kong.  Well, children are so excited when they see dolphins!

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Lhasa to Nyingchi

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Today we are on the way to Nyingchi, at an average altitude of 3000 meters above sea level, with stunning view of Yarlung Tsangpo River Valley.



Yarlung Tsangpo River originates at Angsi Glacier in western Tibet.  It later forms the South Tibet Valley and Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon before passing through the state of Arunachal Pradesh, India.   It is known as Brahmaputra River in India.

Read more articles of this tibet tour experience here.

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Hong Kong Disneyland's Frozen Package for summer holiday

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Hong Kong Disneyland's Frozen Package comes out in summer time. It is inclusive of 2-Day Park Tickets (two adults plus one child), a “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique” Castle Package to transform your child into a Disney Princess, and 1 night at a Frozen themed room at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel!


Hong Kong Disneyland is always a fabulous destination for many Asian families. Andy, Kitty (our little princess) and I had a great time there. For Kitty, Disneyland is her most favorite. She prepared a list for Disney Magic Day.

- Cinderella Carousel
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Sleeping Beauty Castle
- Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars
- Jungle River Cruise
- Raft to Tazan's Tree House
- More...


Our typical 3 days Hong Kong Tour was like this:

Day 1 Arrival in Hong Kong, free time at Tsim Sha Tsui to spend the night.
Day 2 Hong Kong Disneyland Magice Day
Day 3 City tour and shopping experience in these places:
In CENTRAL : IFC One and Two Mall
In CAUSEWAY BAY : Time Square, Paterson Street
In TSIM SHA TSUI : Harbour City

One day ticket to Disneyland costs HK$499 for an adult and HK$355 for each child aged from three to 11. We bought a two-day-pass @ HKD680 for adult, and HKD480 for child.

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