Ciji Palace is nestled within the Dongming mountain range in village of Qingjiao, a short coach journey from Xiamen. The well preserved palace, also known as East Palace was built in 1151 during the Song Dynasty, is now a Cultural Heritage site under state protection.
Ciji Palace is set amongst a quiet and beautiful landscape with the Qishan Mountain providing a stunning backdrop. Tour the inside of the Palace with your guide, and view the rooms and treasures that include a colourful painting of a sacred animal, with the head of a phoenix, tail of a dragon, the body of a turtle and four legs.
Continue by coach to visit one of the most revered and famous Buddhist temples in southern China. South Putuo Temple is an active temple with over 200 monks and was first built more than 1,000 years ago during the Tang Dynasty. Visit the Heavenly King Hall, home to the statue of a huge laughing Buddha representing the Buddha of the future and flanked by ferocious statues of the four heavenly kings. The temple has also served as a home and a training centre for men and women seeking the enlightened path since 1924.
Sit back and soak up some of the area’s stunning scenery as you travel along the coastal highway back to your ship.
This tour will operate by coach and on foot. Passengers are recommended to wear casual clothing and flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights may vary depending on local conditions. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this excursion.