Top 10 China Architecture Tours To Discover The Phenomenal Chinese Architectural Style

With an expansive history spanning over 5,000 years, China is a civilization whose architecture has developed over thousands of years. For millennia the structural principles of Chinese architecture have defined its specific style and have subsequently influenced architecture throughout all of East Asia. Here are the top 10 China architecture tours to discover the phenomenal Chinese architectural style.

One-Day Exquisite Yongding Tulou Tour from Xiamen

Renowned for its extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Site, Yongding County in Fujian province is home to the fascinating Tulous, which are traditional earthen communal dwellings of the Hakka people. On this China architecture tour, you will get the opportunity to explore some of the most famous of these fascinating structures including Chengqilou, Wuyunlou Shizelou, and Boshilou.

Half-Day Lantau Island Tour

On this architecture tour of China you will the amazing opportunity to discover the architectural marvels of Lantau Island, off the coast of Hong Kong. Specifically, you will explore the magnificent Po Lin Monastery and the Bronze Giant Buddha, which is the largest bronze sitting Buddha in the world at 34 meters. The spectacular architecture of Po Lin Monastery is a feast for the eyes. Visitors often come here to pray for good luck and happiness.

One-Day Breathtaking Suzhou and Tongli Tour

The beautiful city of Suzhou is world-renowned for its stunning classic gardens which where deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and exceptional architecture. On this China architecture tour, you will have the chance to explore the city’s most famous landmark, the Humble Administrator’s Garden, with its beautiful pavilion, halls, and lush natural beauty. In addition, you will have the amazing opportunity to explore the beautiful ancient town of Tongli, with its ancient bridges and well-preserved buildings constructed in the traditional Chinese architectural style of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

One-Day Glorious Wuhan Tour

Wuhan is the capital city of Hubei province, an important hub in central China. With its rich history, there is exceptionally well-preserved architecture throughout the city. On this China architecture tour, amongst other activities, you will explore Yellow Crane Tower, a five-storey, 51.4-meter-high structure, which is considered one of the four great towers in all of China. In addition, you will also visit Guiyuan Buddhist Temple, which is renowned for its exquisite architecture and considered an important Zen Buddhist temple in the area.

Two-Day Unique Putuoshan Tour

Amongst other activities, on this fascinating China architecture tour you will be exploring the incredible temples of the island of Mount Putuoshan. Mount Putuoshan is one of the four sacred mountains in Chinese Buddhism, and has been a pilgrimage site for over a thousand years. You will have the opportunity to visit Temple of Kwan-yin, which the oldest and most important temple on the island. You will also have the chance to visit Puji Temple, which is the largest, and the stunning Fayu Temple, famous for its ancient architecture, and delicate woodcarvings.

Two Day Life-Changing Wuyuan Tour

Wuyuan County is one of the most beautiful counties in China. On this architecture tour of China amongst other activities, you will get the chance to explore the stunning architectural beauty of various ethnic minority villages that dot the landscape. All of these historical villages contain hundreds of traditional dwellings of the fascinating architectural style of the Hui people. These exquisitely preserved residences from the Ming and Qing dynasties.

One-Day Extraordinary Nanjing Tulou Tour

On this China architecture tour, you will visit the Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, which is the best example of this fascinating architectural style in all of Nanjing County. You will also explore the Taxia Village, which is culturally rich and famous for its well—preserved traditional architecture.

Three-Day Dreamy Guilin-Huangyao-Hezhou Tour

Amongst other activities, on this China architecture tour, you will have the incredible opportunity to explore the ancient town of Huangyao and its well-preserved, traditional residences in the Lingnan-style of architecture. The site of the town has a history spanning thousands of years. The village is comprised of 300 ancient structures constructed in the traditional, ornate Lingnan style. The streets are winding like a labyrinth. Wandering through the quaint village, visitors feel like they have walked into a traditional Chinese painting with is utter beauty.

Two-Day Wonderful Qinhuangdao Tour

On this architecture tour of China, amongst other amazing activities, you will have a chance to marvel at the phenomenal architecture and feat of human ingenuity that is the Great Wall of China. First, is the Shanhaiguan section of the Great Wall. Next will be the Laolongtou section, which was considered as the starting point of the Great Wall in ancient times. It was regarded as a very important line of defense against enemies coming from both the land and the sea. With its, fabulous traditional architecture and cultural significance, these sections of the Great Wall of China are must-see destinations.

5-Day Extraordinary Tour to Guangzhou and Guilin

Amongst other incredible activities, on this China architecture tour you will have the chance to discover both modern and ancient architecture. You will visit the fascinating Guangdong Provincial Museum, with its stunning architecture and numerous exhibits. In addition, you will visit Yuexiu Park, which is home to the ancient Zhenhai Tower. The tower is one of the best-preserved and most spectacular examples of traditional Chinese architecture in Guangzhou.

Recommended China Architecture Tours

One Day Exquisite Yongding Tulou Tour from Xiamen

One Day Exquisite Yongding Tulou Tour from Xiamen Highlights Explore the tulou buildings in Yongding County including Chengqilou.

One Day Extraordinary Nanjing Tulou Tour from Xiamen

One Day Extraordinary Nanjing Tulou Tour from Xiamen Highlights Explore the tulou buildings in Nanjing County.

Amazing Half-Day Lantau Island Tour

Explore the Po Lin Monastery and the Bronze Giant Buddha, which is the largest bronze sitting Buddha in the world.

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