A Day in Quanzhou
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.