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Wuyuan County is located at the northeast of Jiangxi Province. Ziyang,the county's central town, is 140 km away from Quzhou of Zhejiang to its east,180km from shangrao to its south, 80km away from Jindezhen to its west and 114km away from Huangshan to its north; it is like a brightpearl embedded in the Huangshan-Wuyuan-Lushan golden tour line and Wuyuan is honoured as the "Most Beautiful Countyside in China" by the media at home and abroad.

With an 81.5%tree cover of woods,Wuyuan is one of the sixteen most ecologically advanced agriculture counties in China.Like a large parkthe county is praised as the "Last shangri La". Wengong Hill,Yuanyan Lake(the Mandarin Duck Lake) and Linyan Cave are known as ecological wonders.There are also many well-preserved ancient villages like Jiangwan,likeng,Wangkou,Yan village,Sixi and Likeng.The Hui-style ancient Buildings withpink walls and black tiles,which are faintly visible amid the green hillsand blue waters, make up a picturesque landscape depicting the symbiosisof man and nature.

Wuyuan is the hometown of Philosopher Zhuxi and Zhan Tianyou,the Father of Railroads in China.There were 550 successful candidates all together form Wuyuan who had taken the highest imperialexaminations in the past.hui Opera, the origin of Beijing Opera,the LuoDance known as the "Dance Live Fossil",the folk garret-lifting art reputedfor "A Unique in Chian"and the charming tea performance all make Wuyuan anattractive scenic spot.

Wuyuan, on the boundary of three provinces in Jiangxi's northeastern corner, has a magnificent landscape dotted with strange caves, deep secluded rocks and numerous historic sites. It has been described by some overseas photographers as the "most beautiful of Chinese villages.''

Wuyuan County is home to some of the best-preserved ancient architecture in China. Each of the numerous ancient buildings has a distinctive shape and structure. They emerge from among the emerald green mountains, clear rivers, green trees and the crisscrossing paths between the fields.

Wuyuan's structures were built in 740 during the Tang Dynasty, its remoteness and inconvenient transportation protecting its villages' beauty from too many visitors. Thus the idyllic scene remained unsullied ... pure, clean brooks, seemingly delicate wooden buildings, unique bridges and, most precious of all, the tranquil lifestyle enjoyed by local people.

Virtually every village has something special to offer, often some tiny but unique feature that can stop you in your tracks and positively beg to be photographed. So was it in Wuyuan, our no-rush itinerary allowing for a visit to one village each day. We stayed over at each, and headed for the next on the list each morning.

Yancun Villagage: Yancun is a very small village, easily traversed by foot in no more than 10 minutes. Fields surround the village, as peaceful and comfortable a spot as one could find anywhere. To me, esidential building was a masterpiece of architectural wisdom and wooden sculpting. The buildings here have up to three floors with, amazingly, between 16 and 24 rooms. Old carvings are everywhere, each with an auspicious meaning. In some houses, elderly locals told us of their building's history, including how, when and why it was erected.

Why such enormous houses? Simply, they were built by powerful Jiangxi tea merchants after they had made their fortune. Each house's gate is built in the shape of the Chinese character meaning "business" while every home is encircled by high walls. Rainwater flows into the main courtyard through a hidden tunnel, in effect meaning that "water from four directions return to one home".

Sixi Village:Just 500 meters from Yancun, Sixi is a picture-postcard village, a "real" village for ordinary peasants. Except for several huge courtyards and buildings constructed by rich men long ago, most structures are simpler in design than counterparts in nearby Yancun.

Villagers enjoy a very free life. One woman is washing clothes by the river while, by the bridge, other villagers are playing card games. Yet others are simply chatting. We and they seem from different worlds. I stopped to take some pictures, and they seemed not in the least disturbed at what might have been adjudged an intrusion on their privacy.

The Rainbow Bridge:In Qinghua is the Rainbow Bridge, often touted as the most beautiful covered bridge in the country. Though it was built 800 years ago, during the Southern Song Dynasty, the bridge stands as sturdy as ever, and is used by the villagers every day.

To get to the bridge, one must pass through the oldest lane in Wuyuan. Built during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the lane is so narrow that people must turn to the side when they meet on the way through. The walls on both sides are covered with thick, rain-streaked moss, while grass and wildflowers creep out of every nook and cranny.

Measuring 140 meters in length and seven meters in width, the Rainbow Bridge is an architectural masterpiece that includes five corridors and six pavilions. Locals also refer to it as the Corridor and Pavilion Bridge. The bridge remains in perfect condition, surviving even a major flood in 1954. According to my tour guide, the Rainbow Bridge has always managed to stay above the water level thanks to a nearby stone dam which helps flood control, regulates silts, ensures the survival of the river's aquatic life, and protects the bridge from torrential waters.

Similar stone dams were built at other parts of the river in ancient times, but the locals didn't realize how important they were until they destroyed them. About one and a half kilometers downstream there used to be a wooden bridge that was constructed in a unique shape. The bridge was also protected by a stone dam, and the river at that point was flanked by of centuries-old woods. Spurred on by their fancy for the modern and new, the villagers tore  down the old bridge and replaced it with one of cement, and demolished the dam. But in 1999, a major flood struck the area, carrying huge deposits of sands downstream, destroying the ancient woods and dramatically narrowing the river.

The Emerald Landscape

Trees line the streets, brooks and alleys in all of Wuyuan's villages -- and according to County Forestry Department, some 81.5 percent of its land is covered in forest. When the village was first built, each member of the traveling Yu Clan was instructed to find a sapling, bring it home, and plant it in the nearby mountain. Some years later, the saplings had grown into a lush forest, which has now spread all over the mountain. some of the villagers began to fell the trees illegally. One of these villagers was the chief's own son. Upon hearing of his son's actions, the village chief trussed him up, dragged him to the ancestral hall and executed him in front of all the villagers. The illegal felling soon stopped, and the trees spread all over the mountainside.

Wuyuan is the land in China where time stands still. Pausing on an ancient bridge as the soft rain bounces off the pittering stream, visitors can sail through the centuries to an age of peaceable village tranquility. And if they strain their ears, they just might hear the ghosts of the triumphant merchants, hurrying back to their hometown on horses bent under the weight of gold.
Get around
There is very little in the way of public transportation around Wuyuan region. The only regular bus service goes between Wuyuan North Station and Qinghua village (6 kuai, 30 minutes). There are swarms of motorcycle taxis throughout the area, it's also possible to rent them for the day. They should typically charge 1 kuai/2 minutes of travel, make sure of the price before the ride. A trip from Wuyuan to Small Likeng should cost about 10 kuai. There are also a few taxis that cost four or five times much as a motorcycle.

See
There are many small villages and temples throughout the region, and a number of scenic spots where it's rewarding just to stop and look around. Many of the villages will charge an admission, with a large majority being operated by a single company - you can purchase a ticket that grants admission to a certain number of sites. 110 kuai will grant three entrances, 150 kuai grants five.

Small Likeng  - An impressive old village built around several creeks that intersect. There are Buddhist temples, active farms, traditional homes, and teahouses. However with narrow pathways and many guided tour groups, it's best visited on weekdays or off-season.
Sixi Yancun - A strange claustrophobic village with tall gray walls and narrow maze-like streets. It's possible to take the bus between Wuyuan and Qinghua and get off in the middle, at the turnoff - the area near the turnoff is extremely beautiful, crossing the bridge to the small hamlet is worthwhile. From the turnoff, it's still a ten minute motorc

ycle ride past a beautiful village and on to Sixi Yangcun.
Qinghua( - Rainbow Bridge is a nice if underwhelming bridge, inside a small hamlet. More beautiful are the larger bridges nearby - from the Rainbow Bridge entrance, walk alongside the river, turn right when you have to, past the row of shops and dentists, and make a left at the first intersection. After a few minute's walk, at the bend in the road, is an amazing look over a valley, it's easy to go down and explore. This is also the place to get a bus back to Wuyuan.
Big Likeng - Northwest of Small Likeng, and not operated by the same company as most of the other villages.
Fucun Town
Wenggong Mountain
Dazhong Mountain
Wang Kou
Jiangwan
Xiaoqi
Jiangling


The rivers in the area have rafts that can be hired. There is also a very miniature version of this in the streams of Small Likeng.
 Talk
Very little English is spoken, although most of the touristed villages will have signs in English, Japanese, and Korean, as well as Chinese. If you are not Asian expect have people constantly yell "hello" at you, and stare.

Hiking

 InHiking fact, the foot can become a major means of transport in Wuyuan, because the various attractions in Wuyuan is not very far away, and highway accommodation options to rest more, if you have enough strength and time (preferably with no heavy luggage), it can use this cool most environmentally friendly mode of transport.

    foot in Wuyuan there are some points to note: First, as China's most beautiful countryside, good ecological environment is fundamental, as tourists on foot, should carry the refuse collection bags, and always attention to environmental protection; Second, Wuyuan is located in the south, more rain, roads are often muddy, rain gear for hikers is absolutely necessary to waterproof, and wear comfortable shoes and no less.

    You can refer to both Beijing and Shanghai are now outside the club and a donkey walking routes Wuyuan popular forum:

    Hong Guan – Ancient Plank Road – Wu and sub-source – official Hang, Hui Rao is the Road Trail, the famous merchants (merchants suffer weight-bearing also known as the emblem of the camel) is down the road from rags to riches. Whole process takes about 3 – 4 hours (if not with luggage, can accelerate to more than two hours).

    have one foot line paragraph from Xin Lu pit to the village, the residents along this road less, but the trees, the stream of cool, will add a lot of surprises for your foot , many travelers who love natural scenery choose this route, the whole about 3 hours.

Eat
Wuyuan city does not have good restaurants. It's best to eat inside the villages. Guangming Chalou, in Small Likeng, has nice food and an English menu.

Drink
There is a bar/cafe in Small Likeng. There are many teahouses.

Sleep
Wuyuan has a number of hotels near the Wuyuan bus stations. However, any of the villages will have simple and cheap accommodation easily available - there are many signs, generally with English. Small Likeng's teahouses don't have signs out, but have private rooms that can be rented. Prices are in the range of 50-100 kuai.

Li Yang Gen, Small Likeng (first hotel/restaurant on rhs before old bridge), 13879349519. a good place to stay and eat in Small Likeng . Friendly familly, good rooms with a patio area on the top floor. Hot showers, double with private bathroom and air con. Was clean and good value when we stayed there. Shindi is a great cook and we had good meals for the 3 nights we stayed. Try the local fish. Food was cheap.

Get out
There are regular buses from the North Bus Station to Jingdezhen. There are two daily buses to Shanghai, at 9:30 am and 6:30 pm, they take approximately seven hours and cost 165 kuai. There is a 9:20 am bus to Hangzhou, it takes approximately five hours and costs 103 kuai. There are also buses to Nanchang, Huangshan, and other cities in the region.

Tips for Tourists:

There are three tour routes in Wuyuan -- east, north and west. The eastern route often gets the best reviews, as it covers the water scenes of Likeng, Xiaoqi Village, the ancestral temple of the Yu clan and Qingyuan Village.

Taking the northern route, tourists will pass through the historical sites of ancient Huizhou, including Yancun, Sixi, Qinhua Town, Hongguan and Dalikeng. Ancient buildings and bridges can be seen in nu mber on this route.

Lovers of natural beauty should head west for the fascinating landscapes. This route also passes the ancestral tombs of the great Chinese thinker and philosopher Zhu Xi (1130-1200).

Getting there:

By Air: The nearest airport to Wuyuan is 98 kilometers away from the county in Jingdezhenin. The busier airports of Nanchang and Tunxi are other options, but they are further away.

By Land: Wuyuan has two bus stations, with the busier lying in the west of the city. From there, the tourist can easily commute to Jingdezhen, Nanchang, Quzhou and Shangrao. Two buses leave daily for Tunxi, one in the morning, the other at noon. There are also bus links between Wuyuan and other major cities like Suzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Xiaoshan, Shaoxing, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Nanchang.

To get around Wuyuan, tourists can avail of its extensive bus and minibus services, or travel with the locals on motorcycles and pedi-cabs.

Local Specialties:

Dishes:

-- Stewed Pouch Red Carp

This is a local specialty, prepared with the freshest-possible ingredients.

-- Steamed Grass Carp Head

This is usually eaten during the Mid Autumn Festival, when the fish's brain has reached full size.

-- Steamed Frog

The species is larger than those usually consumed, and has a better flavor.

-- Steamed Pork with Rice Flour:

Though this dish is eaten all over the country, the Wuyuan version is slightly different as cured pork is the main ingredient.

Fruit: The delicious Jiangwan snow pear is regarded as the "King of Pears" in southern China, and the fruit was presented to the imperial court as a tribute in feudal China.

Tea: This locally produced beverage has been popular since ancient times -- it was celebrated as one of China's "six wonders" back in the Song Dynasty, and was a tribute to imperial court in the Ming and Qing dynasties. The best brands are Dazhangshan and Tianyou.

Crafts:The locally made Longwei inkslab, or She inkslab is regarded as one of the best in China.

Food: Wuyuan diet inherited the tradition of ancient Huizhou, in order of Steam vegetables, steamed vegetables, and paste the main features of most taste with a spicy, mostly staple rice, when the property's wine, liquor worth a try. Be noted that some well-known local dish Wuyuan, only in some small shop or farm can eat authentic.

 Wuyuan Attractions 
Wuyuan is a world-famous town strongly featured by Huizhou local culture and the idyllic scenery. Wuyuan is located in the northeast of Jiangxi province
 Wuyuan Most Beautiful Countryside Wuyuan is home to some of the best-preserved ancient architecture in China. Each of the numerous ancient buildings has a distinctive shape and structure. They emerge from among the emerald green mountains, clear rivers, green trees and the