Taxia Village, China

Tsingpu Tulou Retreat

Rates per night from$351.56

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (CNY2,441.51), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Hakka hideout

Setting

Traditional tulou village

Spread across five historic buildings in 700-year-old Taxia Village, boutique hotel Tsingpu Tulou Retreats is just the ticket for those looking to get off China’s tourist trail. The five tulou (traditional Fujian buildings) were used as family homes for the best part of two centuries before they were renovated and transformed into a stylish boutique hotel. Arranged around stone courtyards, each one still has decorative wooden details and century-old stonework on the outside, and modern, minimalist furnishings within. Dedicated to drawing their guests into the local way of life, the hotel offer a range of immersive experiences such as walks with a village elder, tea-making classes and bamboo weaving lessons, ensuring you come away feeling like you’ve got to the root of Hakka life.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Twenty-four, including three suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $351.17 (CNY2,442), excluding tax at 6 per cent.

More details

Rates include all meals and drinks (including local beer), and a wide range of activities designed to immerse guests in Hakka culture, including village walks, monastery visits, tea-making classes and wood painting sessions.

Also

Roaming around the hotel, you’ll spot artworks by Zhao Yi Qian and Li Mu Zi, two homegrown artists who’ve garnered international acclaim for their paintings.

At the hotel

Art gallery; exhibition room; yoga studio; tea room; workshop; music hall; study; free WiFi throughout; laundry. In rooms: tea- and coffee-making kit and free bottled water.

Our favourite rooms

Measuring 41–51sq m, the Premier Mountain View Rooms give you plenty space to stretch your legs, and are furnished with super-king-size four-poster beds and sleek, contemporary lounge furniture. If you can, book one on the second floor, where they have high, beamed ceilings and a better view of the surrounding mountains.

Packing tips

You’re in a small village in a fairly remote area, so you'll find that Google Translate comes in handy if you find yourself in need of asking for directions.

Also

The historic layout of the hotel and village makes it unsuitable for wheelchair users.

Children

All ages are welcome at the hotel, but it’s better suited to kids over six, who’ll be able to enjoy the many activities on offer. Extra beds and cots can be added to certain rooms; speak to the Smith24 team when booking.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

When the weather’s warm, aim for one of the tables on the canal side of the building – the staff will open up the windows to give you a view.

Dress Code

Take inspiration from Li Mu Zi’s painting, opting for something bold and bright that’ll stand out against the earthy-toned decor.

Hotel restaurant

The restaurant is a simple but elegant room furnished with minimalist wooden furniture. A large, vibrant painting by Li Mu Zi adds a dash of colour to the otherwise earthy scheme. The Fujian menu was created by executive chef Mars Liu, a native Beijinger whose former postings include the renowned Raffles Hotel. Lunch and dinner tend to consist of eight to ten seasonal dishes, always made using the best ingredients available in the local area. Expect local favourites like Dongshan hotpot fish, duck soup, teppanyaki beef and Xiamen-style noodles.

Hotel bar

There isn’t currently a bar at the hotel, but you can have as much tea, coffee, fresh juices and local beer as you like – they’re all included in your rate.

Last orders

The restaurant opens for breakfast at 7am and stays open all the way through to 10.30pm.

Room service

You can order anything from the menu during restaurant hours.

Location

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Address
Tsingpu Tulou Retreat
Yao Dong Building, Taxia Village, Shuyang Town, Nanjing County, Fujian Province, China
Zhangzhou
China

Planes

The 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 hotel. 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.

Trains

High-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 hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Not content with the mere looks of their historic buildings, Tsingpu have also set up a cultural center, running over 20 immersive experiences to give guests deep insight into the the ways of Hakka life. You can walk through the village with an elderly resident, who’ll explain Taxia's Feng Shui design and 700-year-old history; wander the mountains in search of sweet bamboo shoots; take a traditional porcelain-making class in the on-site workshop; or try your hand at bamboo weaving, a craft tradition that’s been a part of Chinese life for thousands of years. If you’ve developed an appetite for tulou, be sure to make the journey to the Huaiyuan Tower, perhaps the most impressive earthen buildings in the region. Other worthy contenders are Tian Luo Keng village, where there’s a Unesco-protected cluster on a hillside of stepped terraces, and Yun Shui Yao, an ancient town filled with attractive timber houses and enormous, centuries-old trees.

Local restaurants

All meals are included in your rate, so there’s little reason to venture beyond the hotel. If you’re determined to eat out, there are a few simple eateries in the village, but the cuisine won’t rival what’s served at the hotel restaurant.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in China and unpacked their Hakka porcelain, a full account of their country break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Tsingpu Tulou Retreats in Taxia Village…

If you’ve got your heart set on a getaway to China, but don’t particularly fancy getting trapped on the tourist trail, then Tsingpu Tulou Retreats might be just what you’re looking for. Chock-full of history and Hakka culture, the hotel is hidden away in Taxia Village, a 700-year-old settlement in the southeastern province of Fujian. Cradled by a range of moss-green mountains, it’s a far cry from the country’s traffic-choked super-cities, delivering exactly what you want from a rural retreat. Instead of cars, it’s the local geese and chickens that have the run of the lanes. You’ll fall asleep to the sound of the river that runs right past the windows, and likely wake to a swirling morning mist that gets burned off by the rising sun. Within the hotel itself, there’s almost 200 years of heritage to be read in its pebbled courtyards and stone walls, and by the time you’ve gone out searching for bamboo shoots or made pottery with a local expert, you’ll feel generations away from the likes of email and the Tube.

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