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Two-day photography tour to Xiapu county in Ningde City

Known for its mudflat aquaculture, Xiapu County in Fujian Province attracts a lot of tourists and photographers for its unique coastal scenery.

 

 
Due to the pleasant seawater temperature and plenty of sunshine, the Xiapu mudflats are rich in kelp, laver, oyster and yellow croakers. Locals living along the beach are mainly engaged in marine culture. The bamboo poles, fish nets and stone columns that are inserted in the mudflats are used to dry kelp, laver, oyster and other marine products. As the sun rises and sets, the tide rises and falls, the bamboo poles, fishing boats and fish nets form various spectacular sceneries.

 


To both tourists and photographers, the mudflats are Shangri-La on the sea. Anyone that sees the mudflats would be amazed by the spectacular view.


Typical mudflats in Xiapu County include Beiqi (北歧), Dongbi (东壁), Shatangli (沙塘里), Weijiang (围江), Xiaohao (小皓) and Dong’an (东安). The peak season for kelp harvest begins in May every year.

 



There are about 7,000 fishermen from Yantian (盐田) that have been living on their fishing boats for generations. Such living habit can date back to Tang Dynasty, when fishermen in east Fujian (Fuzhou and Ningde) settled down on their fishing boats to shun chaos caused by wars.

 


The "Gypsies on the Sea" refers to the fishermen living on boats with their families on the sea.
 
These fishermen lived by colleting marine products on the sea. They were named the "Gypsies on the Sea". Before liberation, they were not allowed to go ashore or marry the people living along the beach. Wedding and funeral ceremonies were held on the boats. In recent years, with the help of the local government, the fishermen began to build their houses along the nearest beach. However, most of them prefer to live on boats, where there are series of home appliances. The fishing village on the sea is usually called "Offshore Venice" by tourists. It's not only awe-inspiring scenery, but also a life style.

 

Day 1: Xiamen to Xiapu (Xiaohao Village and Dongbi village)
Arrive at Xiamen Railway Station 50 minutes in advance in the morning and then take a bullet train to Xiapu county. The drive is about 2.5 hours.

Bullet trains (for reference):
D3166 Xiamen North Railway Station - Xiapu Railway Station  08: 51 a.m. - 11: 26 a.m.
D3296 Xiamen North Railway Station - Xiapu Railway Station  09: 50 a.m. - 12: 44 p.m.
    
The driver will pick up you at Xiapu Railway Station and then drive you to Xiaohao Village(小皓村)to take pictures. At Xiaohao Village, take pictures of the beautiful coastal scenery as sunset approaches. Capture spectacular scenes of drying kelp, purple laver seaweed, oysters, and other marine products, as well as busy production scenes of fishermen at work, and other beautiful scenery. When finished shooting at Xiaohao village, transfer to Dongbi Village (东壁村) to photograph the costal scenery at sunset. Check-in at your hotel.    

Day 2: Beiqi Village in Xiapu County
After breakfast, go to Beiqi Village (北岐村) to shoot the sunrise at sea (if you want to shoot the sunrise, you need to get up early — at about 5 a.m. — depending on the specific travel date). Photograph the amazing mudflat scenery reflecting the sunrise, scenes of fishermen at work, and more. About five kilometers away from Xiapu county, there is a famous purple laver seaweed farm. As one walks along the hillside near Beiqi Village, one can see rows of small boat and nets strewn at random, bamboo poles floating among them, busy little boats shuttling back and forth, and mountain peaks in the distance. As one reaches the hilltops, one can see the vague shape of an island in the distance and fish nets in the vicinity, blurred together in one integrated mass. It’s a spectacular scene! As the tide recedes, the texture of the beachhead begins to appear. This is the best spot for shooting the cultural and natural scenery of Xiapu County, including mudflats, purple laver, marine fish farms, islands, sunrise, and sunset — all of it can be photographed here. After lunch, return to Xiamen.

Bullet trains (for reference):
D3165 Xiapu Railway Station- Xiamen North Railway Station  04: 05 p.m. - 07: 10 p.m.
D6333 Xiapu Railway Station - Xiamen Railway Station  04: 17 p.m. - 07: 05 p.m.

Quotations
Quotation 1: Bullet train first class seat and five-star hotel with breakfast for two persons.

Group
Size
2p 3p 4p 5p

Cost per 

person
in RMB

1720 1590 1480  1380


Quotation 2: Bullet train first class seat and three-star hotel without breakfast.

Group
Size
2p 3p 4p 5p

Cost per 

person
in RMB

1520 
 1390
1280
1120


Quotation 3: Bullet train second class seat and three-star hotel without breakfast

Group
Size
2p 3p 4p 5p

Cost per 

person
in RMB

1360 1230 1120 990

 

Quotation 4: Bullet train first class seat and local homestay with breakfast for two persons

Group
Size
2p 3p 4p 5p

Cost per 

person
in RMB

1820 1690 1580 1

 
Package Details

The prices include:
* Round-trip bullet train tickets from Xiamen to Xiapu
* Local private transportation in Xiapu county
* Chinese driver and English tour guide
* Accommodations in Xiapu county
* Entrance tickets

The prices do not include:
* Tips for driver
* Meals except where noted