This limited participation tour gives you a true picture of local life in this charming seaside city.
Your tour begins with a scenic coach drive along the eastern bank of Xiamen but before long, you will stop and leave your coach behind, transferring to your next mode of transportation, a bicycle! Climbing aboard your bike, you will set-off on a 40-minute cycling tour along the Island Ring Road, enjoying the fresh air and Xiamen's celebrated sea view.
After pedaling your way to Seacoast Square, you will next participate in a traditional Tai Chi class. Tai Chi is an ancient form of exercise originating from the unusual combination of self-defense and Taoism. Its slow, continuous movements create a harmony between the inner and outer body. Tai Chi features both the hard and soft martial art techniques and has been celebrated through generations of Chinese for its contribution toward human health and longevity. You will begin by observing a demonstration by the Chinese Tai Chi master and then be given the opportunity to learn the basic moves yourself.
Re-joining your coach, you will continue your tour by driving to a tea house and participating in a traditional tea ceremony. The art of drinking and serving tea plays a major cultural role in China. The Chinese tea ceremony emphasizes what the tea tastes like and smells like and each step is meant to be a sensory exploration and appreciation. During your visit, you will be treated to Tie Guan Yin, a premium variety of Chinese oolong tea boasting a very flowery, delicate aroma. You will also be served some vegetarian pie from Nanputuo Temple, which is the local dessert that best harmonizes with the tea's aroma.
Lastly, your tour travels through the old town area of Xiamen where the main street is filled with shops of all kinds, both old and new. Many of the quaint side streets here remain the same as they were decades ago. A leisurely stroll through this colorful and bustling center allows you to fully soak in the atmosphere that characterizes Xiamen before returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking; however, it does involve a 40-minute bicycle ride. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Weather appropriate casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.