South China has always been outward-looking with many overseas Chinese able to trace their ancestry to one of the communities that still inhabit these lands today. The most diasporic among these migrants are the Hakka, who left a distinct stamp on the region’s history, architecture, language and cuisine. Make your way south and traverse the Hakka lands in search of their story.
FUJIAN | FACING THE SEA
Communal Stronghold | Travel to a quiet hamlet deep in tulou country to stay overnight in a 400-year-old mud and brick roundhouse. Visit the near deserted second largest tulou in the world, an anomaly the masses haven’t picked up on, drop by the local distillery for some sampling, and go for a hike over the rolling tea bush covered hills.
Edge of Empire | A coastal defence area up until recent history, the island is now more appreciated for its picturesque seaside landscapes and expansive bays. Go see the catch of the day at a local fishing community before you source all ingredients for a picnic lunch. Take it easy on the beach, or go scout for trails leading to panoramic island or sea views.
GUANGDONG | HOME OF THE HAKKA
Little Hong Kong | Stop by a well-preserved commercial river town, for centuries the gathering point for inland Hakka who wished to leave China and try their luck abroad. The town’s overseas connections are reflected in its foreign inspired architecture and is therefore often dubbed “Little Hong Kong”.
Dragon Houses | The area near the “capital of Hakka culture” is known for a unique version of the communal stronghold. The fortunate combination of merchant wealth and safe surroundings make that feng shui principles, rather than defensive purposes, dictated the design of the local weilongwu or dragon houses.
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Our programs include a family-friendly selection of cosy home stays and boutique hotels. While the home stay might be more basic with shared commodities, the remaining hotels come equipped with all types of modern conveniences.