Discover boutique hotels in Taxia Village, China
Nestled amid tree-clad hills in China’s Fujian province, Taxia Village is a 700-year-old Hakka settlement filled with rustic tulou buildings. Built of packed earth, stone and wood, these traditional buildings date back as far as four centuries in places, giving the village a transportive character that seems a lifetime away China’s bustling cities. Bisected by a gently flowing river, Taxia still moves to a more natural pace of life; though the car has made it here, it’s the residents – many of them in advanced age – and free-roaming livestock that still have the run of the roads and lanes. For the most part, you'll spot the locals fishing, farming or pondering over a pot of green tea.
When to go
The most popular times to visit are spring and autumn, when temperatures are mild. Hiking in the surrounding hills will feel more taxing in the mid-summer heat, and things can get pretty chilly in winter.
PlanesThe closest airport is Xiamen Gaoqi International, which can be reached via Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok. It takes three hours to drive from there to the village. Another option is to fly into Shanghai, hop on the bullet train to Nanjing, then take a car for the final leg. The Smith24 team can arrange your flights and transfers for you; call anytime, day or night.
TrainsHigh-speed bullet trains run between Shanghai and Nanjing, with the fastest services taking around an hour. From Nanjing, it’s an 80-minute drive to the village
AutomobilesYou could hire a car at the airport, but it’s easy to engage a driver for your transfers or day trips.