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Excursion 1: Highlights of Xiamen
Tour Code: XIA-002
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 1/4 hours)

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Experience China's historic and present-day traditions, cultures and lifestyles during this informative, half-day visit to Xiamen.

Depart the pier for the drive to the South Putuo Temple. Located on the southern outskirts of Xiamen, the South Putuo Temple was built during the Tang Dynasty more than 1,000 years ago. It is so named because it lies to the south of Putuoshan, one of the most respected Buddhist venues in China. Since 1924, the temple has also been the home and training center for men and women seeking the enlightened path to becoming a monk.

After entering via the front gate, you will walk to the Heavenly King Hall, which houses a huge laughing Buddha accompanied by four heavenly kings on either side. From here, you will take a leisurely stroll to the neighboring campus of Xiamen University, which is known as the most beautiful university in China. Upon arrival, students will join you for a walk, and talk about their life and studies in Xiamen University.

Next, you will take a scenic drive along the coastal highway. En route, a photo stop will be made at Xiamen's beautiful beach before attending an authentic Chinese tea ceremony. During this delicate and interesting tea ceremony, you will learn about the classification of different types of tea, and how the Chinese have transformed the simple act of drinking tea into a unique and refined art form.

Following your visit, you will rejoin your coach for the return drive to the pier.

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