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Xiamen, China-port

Originally established as a major seaport in the Song Dynasty, Xiamen today remains an important Chinese trade center. Historical sites from many eras await your discovery from charming Old Town to the former international settlement on neighboring Gulang Island. Hulishan Fortress, built in 1894, offers a tour of the tunnels and trenches, and displays of ancient weaponry; Jimei Park features eclectic architecture and elegant pavilions along Dragon Boat Lake. For a look at ancient times, take in the most respected Buddhist venue in China, Putuo Temple complex, with its classic front gate, many halls, garrets, and ponds; and be sure not to miss the Seven Buddha Tower.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • A Day in Quanzhou
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • A Taste of Local Life in Xiamen
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Highlights of Xiamen
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Magic Min Nan: a Cultural Show
    Seated TourMinimal Activity RequiredEvening Tour
  • Tong'an Treasures
    Light Activity /Walking

A Day in Quanzhou

Light Activity /Walking Meal

Duration: 7 hours

Tour Code: XIA-005

Explore the treasures of ancient Quanzhou, once China's most important port, which include a sprawling Buddhist temple and a revered maritime museum.

Depart from the pier and begin driving northeast, leaving the populous island of Xiamen behind. The ever-changing landscape along the way is mesmerizing, particularly the approach to Quanzhou, which was once the largest seaport in China. Founded in the 8th century, the strategically located city has long been a trading center, especially during its first 700 years, before the port began to silt up.

Today, Quanzhou celebrates its storied past in monuments such as Kaiyuan Temple, which was built in 686. The province's largest Buddhist temple, it is an architectural wonder that incorporates designs from various dynasties. Carvings of flying musicians grace the 100 pillars that support the roof of Mahavira Hall, ancient tales are inscribed on the temple walls, and two stone pagodas tower nearby. As you wander about, admiring the visual splendor, you'll share in the serenity enjoyed by the more than 1,000 Buddhist monks that live here.

Then, after lunch at a local restaurant, you'll visit the Maritime Museum in Quanzhou, which was originally located at the Kaiyuan Temple. Now housed in a building appropriately shaped like a sailboat, the museum paints a vivid portrait of the city's maritime history. You'll see pottery, coins and medicinal herbs from shipwrecks, treasured Islamic relics, and the remains of a 1,000-year-old boat excavated from the harbor floor in 1974. After touring the museum, you'll drive back to Xiamen.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of moderate walking with some steps to negotiate. The tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Casual, weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.