We went by one day tour from Xiamen to see HeGui Luo cluster.
Cost was 376 RMB for two people. This included all entrance fees, lunch and you joined a Chinese guided tour.
Our tour included 1 round building, 1 square building as well as an gathering space by the river. This was a walking 3 KM tour over cobble stones and uneven paths.
Bus picked us up at our hotel at 8 AM in Xiamen and we returned to our hotel at 6 PM.
Ground floor of the Tuluo buildings and on the route between the main sites, there are hawkers selling their wares. The Hakka people are tea planters so they do tend to push their teas. Our guide also had a tea stand where he "encouraged" his tourist to purchase their teas.
These buildings are pretty cool. The new building was `only' 100 plus years old but the others were much older. If you wanted to go up to the higher levels of the building, you needed to pay 5 RMB per person entrance fee.
When we saw the inside of these mini fortresses, it reminded me of various kung-fu movies where the fighters jump from level to level. It just look like that.
At the end of the tour, we had the option to walk back the 3 KM to where our bus was parked or we could pay 10 RMB for a ride on an electric cart. Most opted for the cart.
Our tour organizer was very good. She asked us what our objective was. There are many areas to see however she said that for Westerners the HeGui Luo was just enough to get a taste of what TuLuo was about. This tour was just long enough to satisfy our curiosity without getting us too tired out.
If your objective is to see all the buildings, you need to spend a night in the area.
We were amazed at what we saw. Would recommend it to others as a day trip.
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