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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
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • A Day in Quanzhou
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • A Taste of Local Life in Xiamen
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • 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
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Magic Min Nan: a Cultural Show
    Seated TourMinimal Activity RequiredEvening Tour
  • Tong'an Treasures
    Moderate Activity/Walking

A Day in Quanzhou

Light Activity /Walking Meal

Duration: 7 hours

Tour Code: XIA-005

Explore the treasures of ancient Quanzhou, a city packed with culture and history.

Famous as the start of the Maritime Silk Road and the largest port in Asia during the Song and Yuan dynasties, Quanzhou was once visited by legendary travelers, such as Marco Polo and Moroccan explorer Ibn Battuta, who compared Quanzhou to the Egyptian port of Alexandria. The city was once crowded with the foreigners from eastern Africa and the Mediterranean countries doing business and preaching various religions in China, Quanzhou is also named by UNESCO as a "Museum of Religions".

Upon arrival, visit Kaiyuan Temple, the province's largest Buddhist temple. The visit also includes the city's iconic landmark--East & West Pagoda and the Ancient Boat Museum, which are both located inside the temple.

After enjoying a traditional Chinese lunch at local restaurant, take a leisure stroll along the local historical Tumen Street, lying in the center of the city proper.

Along the Tumen Street you will walk pass the majestic Qingjing Mosque (also known as the Ashab Mosque), built to resemble a mosque in Damascus, Syria, in 1009. It is one of the oldest Arab-style mosques in China. About 150 meters away from the mosque, there is also the colorful Guan Yue Temple, where you may see the local people moving in and out non-stop to pray.

Following your tour, you will rejoin your coach for the return drive back to the pier and ship.

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. As there are few overseas travelers visiting Xiamen, there are no full-time English-speaking tour guides and no formal guiding qualifications required. Guiding here is primarily conducted by senior college students who have been trained as part-time guides. While most do have previous experience in guiding for visiting cruise ships and are enthusiastic to show you their city and country, they may lack some of the professional guiding skills found in other, more touristic destinations such as Beijing and Shanghai.