Fujian is a small province in the East of China, famous for its tea, which you can get anywhere in the area. The town feels beautifully ancient, especially due to the famous, Roundhouses. Roundhouses are circular structures, that have their own little villages inside. On the ground floor are shops and gardens, while the other floors contain everyone’s rooms. To many of us, this is a very different way of living, which makes staying in Fujian, even more fascinating.
On our first night in Fujian we were lucky enough to stay in a Roundhouse, thanks to ‘The Dragon Trip.’ Despite the number of bugs, the hard beds, the creaky floors and my cold shower with around three tarantulas joining me, it was an unforgettable experience! We also got to taste Fujian’s grapefruit wine, which is expensive but tasty.
HAKKA MINORITY ROUNDHOUSES (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Wonder around many more roundhouses, where you can be part of the traditional tea ceremony and tea tasting and you can buy unique souvenirs made by the locals. There is also an abandoned roundhouse that still has a working water well in the centre, which you can test out. Explore the tea plantations too and get a view of the whole town while you’re there!
TULOU & CYCLING
As Fujian is a mountainous region, it’s great to cycle around. There’s lots of stunning rivers, wells and mills hidden along the way. We also found a little waterfall where we could swim! You can also visit the world’s biggest roundhouse, Tulou.
This is the prettiest place, with a river running through the entire village. Here, you should visit the Stone Dragon Pillar monument, which has a small temple nearby.
Tip: If you go to the top of the temple, you can look out and see the production of rice!