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               Wuyi Mountain 

 
Fascinating scenery on top of Mount Tianyou

Located south of Wuyishan City, Fujian Province, with an area of 70 square kilometers, the area has what is probably the largest, most typical and best-preserved humid subtropical native forest in the world. It was nominated as a biosphere reserve of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program in 1987.  


The Steam with Nine Turnings

The cliffs and waters of Wuyi Mountain are outstanding. The workings of Nature of a typical Danxia landform have left behind 36 peaks, 72 caves, 99 prominent rocks and 108 scenic spots. The Stream with Nine Turnings is emerald green and crystal clear. The beauty of the mountain and its waters has made Wuyi known as the most attractive mountain in southeast China.  

Wuyi Mountain is also known for being of great historic and cultural value. Cultural relics include the extensive remains of an ancient city of the Min Yue people, dating back over 2,000 years, the Ziyang Academy of Classical Learning, the tomb of Zhu Xi, cliffside sculptures, etc. Zhu Xi, a philosopher of the Southern Song Dynasty, taught for 40 years at Wuyi Mountain and made it an academic center of southeast China.
Cultural Heritage
 
The most ancient scene on Wuyi Mountain is the stone slabs and boat-shaped rocks over deep gullies, a prestigious natural wonder. Viewed from above the water, two stone boats stand on several crisscross slabs on the top of the cliff. The boats are about 6 meters in length, and in rhombic form, just like those said to be used by the immortals. Huge rocks, deep caves and pools are three special sights of the Dazang Peak.

Cultural Heritage

  The most ancient scene on Wuyishan is the stone slabs and boat-shaped rocks over deep gullies, a prestigious natural wonder. Viewed from above the water, two stone boats stand on several crisscross slabs on the top of the cliff. The boats are about 6 meters in length, and in rhombic form, just like those said to be used by the immortals. Huge rocks, deep caves and pools are three special sights of the Dazang Peak.

Natural Heritage      

The Wuyi Mountain Range, usually called Greater Wuyi Mountain, straddles the border of Fujian and Jiangxi provinces, stretching over 500 kilometers. The average height of the peaks is over 1,000 meters above sea level.

The most beautiful part is the Small Wuyi Mountain scenic area in the territory, 15 kilometers southwest of the Chong'an County seat, Fujian Province. It is surrounded by streams and valleys, and has no direct link with neighboring mountains.
The special Danxia landform features include the Stream with Nine Turnings, 36 peaks, 72 caves and 99 rocks. The distinctive views of monoliths of red sandstone surrounded by emerald green water inspire the imagination.
 
Legends and Stories        


Jaide Maiden Peak (the Yunu  Peak)

There is a beautiful legend about the Yunu Peak. Yunu, a fairy maiden, fell in love with Dawang, an earthly king. She came to Wuyi Mountain and enjoyed its fantastic natural beauty very much together with the king. So she decided to stay there. However, a demon named Tieban (Iron Plate) informed the Jade Emperor. The Jade Emperor flew into a rage and turned the demon into a peak, known as the Tieban Peak, to separate the Dawang Peak from the Yunu Peak. Therefore, the two lovers couldn't see each other though they were only a short distance away.

IT is said that in remote antiquity, a man of virtue named Peng Zu took his clan to settle at a beautiful place in the southeast, but at the time, the place was flooded. Peng Wu and Peng Yi, the two sons of Peng Zu, rallied the people, and they cut through the mountain and dug a river to discharge the floodwater.
The river is now known as the Jiuqu (Nine-Bend) River. To remember the great service of the two brothers, people of later generations named the mountain Wuyi. They also gave the father, Peng Zu, the title of Gentleman Wu Yi and built Wuyi Palace by the Jiuqu River.
Wuyi Mountain is in northern Fujian Province. It is a leading state scenic area and part of the Wuyi Mountain Range, one of the oldest ranges in the coastal regions of southeast China.
The area was inhabited at least as far back as the Neolithic Age, around 10,000 B.C., as shown by the still-existing suspended coffins, a burial custom of the Yue people, the ancestors of today\'s local residents. Some of the coffins are boat-shaped and suspended in narrow spaces between cliffs; others are in caves or on planks high up the cliffs along the Jiuqu River.
Wuyi Mountain is known for its enchanting scenery. Feudal emperors conferred titles on it and praised its beauty with inscriptions on the rock faces. Emperor Wudi (156-87 B. C.) of the Western Han Dynasty sent an envoy to offer sacrifices to Wuyi Mountain, and Emperor Xuanzong (685-762) of the Tang Dynasty conferred titles on Wuyi along with other famous mountains. During the Five Dynasties (907-960), Taoist believers considered the mountain one of the 36 places of happiness.
In the sixth century, men of letters opened schools on the mountain and turned it into a center of Confucianism. Zhu Xi (1130-1200), an idealist philosopher of the Southern Song Dynasty, came to give lectures, and he established the Min school of philosophy, named after a popular name for Fujian Province. Min philosophy was soon acknowledged as one of China\'s four major schools of philosophy.
Wuyi Mountain is famous for a kind of landform known in Chinese as danxia: Within the 60-square-kilometer scenic area, layers of red sandstone form odd-shaped peaks girdled by the Jiuqu River, which turns nine times as it winds its way downhill, hence its name, Nine Bends.
Among the mountain peaks, 36 are famous. Dawang (Great King) Peak, overlooking the mouth of the Jiuqu River, tops the list. Yunu (Jade Maiden) stands gracefully erect and is the symbol of Wuyi Mountain. Jiesun Peak, shaped like a bamboo shoot, rises abruptly by the riverside. Other peaks, including Xianyan, Zhangyan, Xiangshengyan, Yinpingyan, Wanduifeng, and Xiandiaotai, are found along the riverbanks. The beauty of the variously shaped mountain peaks and their reflections in the water make visitors feel as if they were in a fairyland.
The Jiuqu River Scenic Zone has some of the most unusual scenes in the Wuyi Mountain Scenic Area. ""A clear and shallow water runs through the mountain, and on its way downhill it makes nine bends.\'\' This line is from a poem about the beauty of the area by Li Gang (1083-1140), an official of the Northern Song Dynasty.
Rafting down the Jiuqu River is a favorite with visitors. The nine bends are in a section of nine kilometers, and the visitor can board a raft and drift all the way down from the uppermost bend to the lowest, all the while enjoying the scenery on both banks and listening to the raftsman tell stories.
The scenery along the Jiuqu River makes the visitor reluctant to leave. Tianyou Peak rises over other peaks north of the Liuqu (Sixth Bend) Stream, a tributary of the Jiuqu River, and is the most beautiful place in the scenic zone. Standing on top of Tianyou Peak, one has the feeling of standing in the Heavenly Palace with all the scenic spots below. The Tianyou Temple, on the summit, houses statues of Peng Zu and his two sons. It is said that no one can boast of having been to Wuyi Mountain without visiting Tianyou Peak.
Taoyuan Tunnel is also north of the Liuqu Stream, in a secluded valley with mountain peaks on all sides. Walking uphill in the valley, one comes to a spot where piled-up cobblestones block the stream. It seems as if the road had come to an end. A further look reveals a tunnel under a huge rock. Passing through the tunnel, then over a stone bridge, and through a stone passage, one arrives at a valley with mountain peaks rising on both sides, where farmland unfolds in the distance, interspersed with peach trees and cottages.
At the foot of Yinping Peak, by the Wuqu (Fifth Bend) Stream, is the Wuyi Study, also called the Ziyang Academy of Classical Learning, established in 1183 by Zhu Xi, who taught and wrote books there for ten years. Emperor Kangxi (1662-1722) of the Qing Dynasty gave the study a horizontal board with inscriptions in honor of Zhu Xi\'s accomplishments.
Wuyi Palace was built during the reign of Emperor Xuanzong (742-756) of the Tang Dynasty at the foot of Dawang Peak near the Yiqu (First Bend) Stream. In ancient times, it was a center of Taoist activities and the place where feudal rulers offered sacrifices to Gentleman Wuyi. Noted scholars of the Song Dynasty, including Lu You (1125-1210), Xin Qiji (1140-1207) and Zhu Xi, were once in charge of Taoist affairs there.
The palace no longer stands, and the Memorial Hall of Zhu Xi and the Wuyi Mountain International Lanting Academy have been built on the site. Other touristic and cultural facilities such as a museum and a street in the style of the Song Dynasty have been added nearby.
Forty kilometers west of the Wuyi Mountain Scenic Area is the Wuyi Mountain Nature Reserve. The reserve covers 560 square kilometers and has the largest and most complete ecosystem of sub-tropical forests in Southeast China. It is a class-A nature reserve and has been designated by the United Nations as one of the nature reserves for the Man and Biosphere Program. Here, Huanggang Mountain, the highest mountain in southeast China, rises 2,158 meters above sea level. The nature reserve abounds in animal and plant resources and has been cited by Chinese and foreign biologists as a worldwide window on biology.

The Mount Wuyi crag and the Mount Wuyi scenery equally enjoy a good reputation the world, "reaches the mountains and rivers outstanding person delicate clock, victory of the crag bone flower fragrance". Ming Moqing at the beginning of, the Oolong tea first is published in Mount Wuyi, Mount Wuyi becomes the Oolong tea the birthplace. Renowned poet Byron "the Tang Semi-annular jade pendant" center writes affectionately in its long poem: "I certainly must go seek help from Mount Wuyi's black tea", English word BOHEA refers in particular to the Mount Wuyi black tea, according to the textual research, Mount Wuyi is the world black tea place of origin.

Mount Wuyi is young people's dream, middle-aged person's poem, senior citizen's family.

Scenery beautiful, environment pure, history glorious, the culture is deep, the beauty gathers one. Travels to Mount Wuyi, or the mountaineering looks the water, goes boating near the water, enjoys enjoys the beauties of nature happy; Or tastes the crag tea, appreciates the culture, practices moral culture grows the soul the interest. Everywhere the clear green jade, the four seasons like spring, leisurely strolls between the scenery countryside, enjoys the relaxed breath, releases for flight the free mood, melts the traveling, the healthy body, the leisure, the vacation, goes sightseeing, the good food, the preliminary examination, the creation to a body, achieves the perfect boundary.

Transportation:

An easy way to reach the area is by train from Fuzhou along the Minjiang river to Nanping and then by bus straight to wuyishan

 

Attractions Price Note
Yunwo-TianyouPeak (Cloud Nest-Heavenly Tour Peak) Scenic Area

One-entrance-ticket System
(including the five scenic areas left):

a. Ticket for one-day entrance:
CNY 140;

b. Ticket for two-day entrance:
CNY 150;

c. Ticket for three-day entrance:
CNY 160

Including attractions: Yunwo, Tea Cave, TianyouPeak, Zhongzheng Park...
WuyiPalace Scenic Area Including Wuyi Palace, Song Jie, Admiring the Tea Ceremony...
Yixiantian-Huxiao Crag (One Ray Sky-Tiger Roaring Crag) Scenic Area One Ray Sky, Wind Cave, Yu'er Spring, Binxi Cave...
Shuilian Cave-Dahongpao (Water Curtain Cave-Big Red Robe) Scenic Area Including Shuilian Cave, Ancient Cliff House, Tianxin Giant Buddha, Dahongpao Tea Plants...
The Lotus Peak-Yulinting Scenic Area
The Jiuqu Stream (Nine Bends Brook) Drift CNY 100 Over 30 attractions can be admired along the drifting route.
Qinglong Waterfall CNY 40  
Longchuan Great Gorge CNY 40  
Nature Reserve CNY 80 Including the Natural Museum, Snake Garden, Mt. Huanggang...
Tongmu Brook Drift CNY 100 Located near the Qinglong Waterfall Scenic Area
Minjiang Yuan Drift CNY 98 Located at the bridgehead of the Tourist Holiday Zone
Ancient Xiamei Folk Buildings CNY 26  
Site of the Ancient Han City CNY 80


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