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4 china • a pr il–october 2012 Feng Shui mysteries of South-East China highlightS Visit the fortified villages of the Hakka, a UNESCO World Heritage site The remarkable Taiji astrological villages of Zhejiang province h Discover the fascinating village of Bagua with its Eight Diagram design h h This itinerary unveils some of the best kept secrets of ancient Chinese village culture south of the Yangtze river. The villages were designed in line with Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese beliefs on how to orient buildings to receive positive energy. Go back in history on the island of Gulangyu and marvel at the ancient trade port of Zaytun, gateway of the maritime Silk Road. day 1, xiamen h Arrive at Xiamen airport. Meet and greet by your local guide. Visit South Putuo Temple, followed by city orientation tour. day 2, xiamen–yongding– xiamen h Full-day excursion to explore the traditional Hakka (“guest people”) earth fortified villages of Yongding (240 km roundtrip). day 3, xiamen–quanzhou– xiamen h Full-day excursion to discover the ancient trade port of Quanzhou, known formerly as “Zaytun”, with its maritime museum and the twin pagodas. day 4, xiamen–hangzhou h Morning visit to Gulang Island (7 mins by boat). Walking tour of this historical island including Hi-Heaven museum with Nanyin opera and puppet show. Return by boat to Xiamen. Transfer to airport for the flight to Hangzhou. Transfer to hotel. day 5, hangzhou–zhuge– jinhua h Visit the West lake and Six Harmony pagoda. Transfer to Zhuge Bagua Village, with its unique laberynthic layout based on the Eight Diagrams, the core of Feng Shui. Continue by road to Jinhua. day 6, jinhua–yuyuan– guodong–jinhua h Full-day excursion to the astonishing Yuyuan ancient Taiji astrological village and Guodong ancient village. See the ancestral temples, old theatre stages and water gates. day 7, jinhua–Shaoxing h Drive to Dongyang. Visit Luzhai ancient building group of Ming and Qing dynasties. “The Imperial Palace in northern China, Luzhai in southern China”, says the expression. Continue to Shaoxing, where the famous writer Lu Xun’s was born, and visit the Shaoxing rice wine factory (including tasting). Try the local specialities during dinner at the famous Xianheng restaurant. day 8, Shaoxing–anchang– Shanghai h Visit Shaoxing ancient street. Drive to Anchang old water village by the canal. Transfer by road to Shanghai. day 9, Shanghai h Leisure day in Shanghai. Transfer to Pudong airport. 1