Top 10 Attractions in Guangdong

July 21st, 2014

 

Plan your Guangdong tour? With Guangzhou ( Canton ) as its capital city, Guangdong  Province is often considered as the southern gate to the mainland China, adjacent to Hong Kong and Macau. Guangdong is historically known as the  starting point of Maritime Silk Road and the birthplace of China’s revolutionary past.

The northern Guangdong is home to the magnificent landscapes featuring the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage crowned Danxia Mountain and the forested Mount Lufoshan; the eastern Gaungdong is blessed with beautiful beaches. Besides its wondrous natural beauty,  Guangdong boasts unique culture represented by the flamboyant watchtowers at Kaiping, also a UNESCO Cultural Heritage and Hakka’s coiled dragon houses in Meizhou.

With much to be discovered in Guangdong, here is our Top 10 list for the attractions in Guangdong.

1.   Kaiping Diaolou (Kaiping Watchtowers ) 开平碉楼
Kaiping is world famous for its Diaolou (fortified village houses or known as watchtowers), pristine villages and old townships. Kaiping Diaolous and villages were listed as World Cultural Heritage in 2007 for their harmonious fusion between Chinese and Western structures.

Kaiping Diaolous were originally built in the early Qing Dynasty and fully developed in 1920s and 1930s. There are mainly three kinds of fortified village towers:  Watch Towers, Communal Towers and Dwelling Towers.

Watch towers were built to guide against any possible forays by bandits; communal towers were built collectively with the fund raised by all the villagers. They would hide themselves in case of bandits’ attack. These kinds of communal towers were often built behind villages while watch towers were built at the entrance of a village. Dwelling Towers were built as a combination of a residential house and a watch tower. Today, approximately 1,833 diaolou towers remain standing in Kaiping County.

All the diaolou towers are now scattered around the villages in Kaiping County.  Some villages have been chosed by the local tourism bureau to be open to the public. These selected villages have been turned into a large “Diaolou Tourist Site” with tourism administration.  A combo ticket allows you to visit three villages where the most representitive diaolou towers stand. The three villages are Zili Village (自立村) in Tangkou Township, Majianglong Village (马降龙村) in Baihe Township and Jinjiangli (锦江里) in Jiangang Township.

Most of the tall and impressive diaolou towers were funded and built by oversea Chinese returning home from South Asia, Australasia, and North America.  The Kaiping diaolou towers were built in a variety of architectural styles featuring a perfect combination of traditional Chinese watchtowers and classical European architecture.

The combo ticket also allows you to visit Li Garden ( 立园) in Beiyi Xiang,which was built in 1936 by Mr. Xie Weili, a Chinese emigrant to the United States.  On your village trip in Kaiping, you can visit Chikan (赤坎), the charming old town with the featuring Qilou structures.

How to go to the selected villages in Kaiping from Guangzhou

1) Take buses: you may take buses to Kaiping Yici Bus Station from Guangzhou Bus Station ( by the Guangzhou Railway Station) : 145-149 Huanshi West Road, Guangzhou Tel: (020)86661297.  When you reach Yici Bus Station in Kaiping, you may connect local buses to your selected villages.

2) Hire a private vehicle with a driver or self-drive. It is highly advised to hire a private car or van to tour freely around these villages.         Check out how to visit Diaolou from Guangzhou for more information.

Kaiping Diaolou (Kaiping Watchtowers )

Kaiping Diaolou (Kaiping Watchtowers )

2. Shaoguan Danxia Mountain Geopark 韶关丹霞山
Danxia Mountain Geopark is situated about 15 km north of Shaoguan’ city center in the northern Guangdong. It is a UNESCO World Culture site. Danxia is the name of a landform translated from Chinese, a unique landform originated in China,  mostly found in the Guangdong, Jiangxi and Hunan provinces.

Basically there are three walking trails up to the mountain. Or you may take a cable up to the mountain. The three hiking trails are a little apart, you need to take the free shuttle buses going to each starting points of the hiking paths. Most people would like to visit Yangyuan Stone  ( Penis Hill ), Yingyuan Stone ( Female Stone), Double Breasts Stone and sleeping beauty stone, hence the nickname of Natural Sex Museum.

It is feeling great to hike to the hilltop as if you are floating over clouds with lakes and rivers down, and with the majestic views of the Danxia range!

Visiting Time: suggested 2-Days
Entrance Fee:  RMB 100; RMB120 (holidays)  Valid for 2 days
Location: about 15 km north of Shaoguan’s city center
Opening Hours: all day
Best Time to Visit: Spring and Autumn
How to Get There
Take the highspeed train from Guangzhou South Railway Station to the city of Shaoguan, then connect the local tourist bus going to the geopark. You stay overnight in Shaoguan or hotels near the park.

Shaoguan Danxia Mountain Geopark

Shaoguan Danxia Mountain Geopark

3. Guangji Bridge at Chaozhou  潮州广济桥
Guangji Bridge is located in the east of Chaozhou. It is the bridge is reputed as one of China’s four famous ancient bridges with the other three being the Zhaozhou Bridge, the Lugou Bridge and Luoyang Bridge.

Guangji Bridge was originally built in 1171 in Song Dynasty,  a pontoon bridge spanning Han River supported by 86 giant boats, named Kangji Bridge. Gangji Bridge went through repeated destruction and reconstructions in the centuries.  Later 24  piers were built to straddle the Han River with the middle part still supported by boats.

So a part of Guangji Bridge is still supported by boats as a pontoon bridge. When it is open, there is a space for boats to pass through. It can also be close.   It is the first open and close style pontoon bridge in China,maybe in the world.

Visiting Time: suggested 2 hours
Entrance Fee:  RMB 60
Location: East of Chaozhou City
How to Get There
Take Bus 3

Guangji Bridge at Chaozhou

Guangji Bridge at Chaozhou

4. Hakka Coiled Dragon Houses ( Weilongwu) 梅州客家围龙屋
Coiled Dragon Houses are one of the five vernacular residential buildings in China. The Coiled Dragon Houses were originated in Meizhou area inhabited by Hakka people.  Hakka people are one of the major eight groups of the Han nationality. Meizhou is known as the epicenter of the Typical Hakka Culture.

Hakka people settled down in Fujian,Guangdong and Jiangxi Province starting from Song Dynasty through Ming and Qing dynasties originally aimed at avoiding wars and natural disasters that occurred at their home place in the central China.

A typical coiled dragon house is  enclosed, walled structure which is mainly composed of two semicircles. The front half is a crescent fish pond and the other half cirl is the main residential building constructed resembling one, or two,or even more coiled dragon with  halls that serve as spaces for ritual and other lineage activities, with the top hall housing the ancestral shrine of the lineage.

In comparision with the earth round house which is set  vertically, coiled walled dragon houses are extended  outward in a series of concentric half-circle rings, with open-air flagged stone pathways separating the circles.

Visiting Time: suggested 1-2 day
Location: Meizhou is over 500 km northeast of Guagzhou City
How to Get There
Take buses to Meizhou from Guangzhou (4 hours) and Shenzhen (3 hours)

Hakka Coiled Dragon Houses ( Weilongwu)

Hakka Coiled Dragon Houses ( Weilongwu)

5. Beaches in Yangjiang 阳江滨海沙滩
The city of Yangjiang is located on the southeast coast of Guangdong, about 230 km to the southwest of Guangzhou. Yangjiang has a coastline of 458.6 km with over 20 fine beaches totaling 35.4 km. The beaches are different in size and shape all blessed with the blue water and finest sand. Dajiaowan (大角湾) and ShiliYintan (十里银滩) are considered the best of the beaches.

Dajiaowan Beach and Shili Yintan Beach are connected by pedicabs or 40-minute walk. A 50 yuan ticket allows you the unlimited entry into the two beaches in two day coupled with free admission into Maritime Silk Road Museum of Guangdong.

The Maritime Silk Road Museum is just near the Shilin Yintan Beach. The museum houses the remains of the 30-meter long Song Dynasty shipwreck that was sunk near the island.  The ship is said to be headed for Middle East or Africa. Over 7000 pieces of merchants on board kept in a sealed glass tank. But only 200 pieces of porcelain, copper and gold are on show. The research work is still process to have more excavation.

Visiting Time: suggested one day
Entrance Fee:  RMB 50 ( Dajiaowan, Shili Yintan and the Musuem)
Location: 50 km from the city center of Yangjaing,  230 km southwest of Guangzhou
How to Get There
Take buses from Guangzhou, Shenzhen and other major cities in China

Beaches in Yangjiang

Beaches in Yangjiang

6. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall 孙中山纪念馆
The Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall was built in honor of the great Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Completed in 1976 and designed by the famous architect Wang Da-wei, it is one of Taipei City’s most well known landmarks.

The exterior of the hall contains some gardens, and decorative historical walls. It has many wide open spaces where the people of Taipei often go to spend some time relaxing. The interior of the hall includes a main hall entrance with a statue of Sun Yat-sen and many exits to other parts of the hall, containing historical artifacts.

Entrance Fee: CNY 10
Opening Hours:08:00-18:00
How to get there: take Subway Line 2 to the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall; or take Buses No.2, 27, 42, 56, 62, 74, 80, 83, 133, 185, 204, 209, 224, 229, 261, 276, 284, 293, 297, 305, 518 or 543, Guangzhou

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

7. The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall  陈家祠
The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall was originally  built by the 72 Chen clans for the accommodation and preparation for the imperial examinations from Chen families in 1894 in Qing Dynasty. Later it was turned to be the Chen Clan’s Industry College, and later middle schools afterward.

Now it is home to the Guangdong Folk Art.  The Chen clan ancestral hall is famous for the ornate decoration which is presented inside and outside the halls. A large collection of wood carving, stone carving, brick carving, pottery, plaster and iron engraving are seen on the walls,beams, columns, ridges and soon, a trove of Chinese folk arts.

A large collection of wood carving, stone carving, brick carving, pottery, plaster and iron engraving.

Entrance Fee: CNY 10
Opening Hours: 08:30-17:30
How to get there: take subway Line 1 to Chenjiaci Station; or take Buses No. 85, 88, 104, 107, 109, 114, 128, 193, 204 ,233, 250, 260 or 268 and get off at Chenjiaci Station; or take Trolley Bus No. 104, 105, 107 or 109

The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

8. Mount Luofo ( Luofoshan ) 罗佛山
Luofoshan is situated in Boluo County of Huizhou city in the north of Guangdong Province, about 70 km from Huizhou’s city center and 110 km from Guangzhou city. Luofaoshan is renown as one of the 10 famous Taoist mountains in China.

Luofoshan, also named “Dongjiaoshan”, is an AAAA National Level Scenic Area. It is the 7th cave of  the 10 major Taoist caves. It is reputed as the No.01 Mountain in Lingnan area. It is also famous for its herbal medicine.

Luofoshan features 432 peaks, high or low, 980 waterfalls and springs, 18 caves and 72 stone chambers. The main peak is Feiyun Summit 1296 at altitude. Luofoshan is massive  and mesmerizing with comfortable weather.

Visiting Time: suggested 3-4 hour
Entrance Fee:  RMB 60
Location: 70 km from the city center of Huizhou,  110 km from Guangzhou
How to Get There
Luofoshan has convenient transportation with buses coming from Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Huizhou and other major cities in Guangzhou

 Mount Luofo ( Luofoshan )

Mount Luofo ( Luofoshan )

9. Xunliao Bay Beach Resort  巽寮湾滨海旅游度假区
Xunliao Bay is located in the south of Pingshan Township of Huizhou city,  on the east cost of Guangdong Province. It is about 240  to the east of Guangzhou and 136 km to the east of Shenzhen and 98 km to the south of Huizhou’s city center.

Xunliao Bay is one of the purest bays in the east coast of Guangdong Province. Strolling on the finest beaches, bathing in sunshine, breathing fresh air, immersing yourself into the blue sky, white clouds, sand beaches and tidal waves, a poetic and romantic feeling.

The bay is jammed with hotels, restaurants. Water activities are plentiful, canoes, yachts, speedboats, motorbikes,  diving and the list is on and on, a perfect summer resort.

Visiting Time: suggested 6-8 hour
Location:  the south of Pingshan Township of Huizhou city
How to Get There
Busing to Xunliao Bay from Huizhou, Gangzhou, Shenzhen and major cities in Guangdong Province.

Xunliao Bay Beach Resort

Xunliao Bay Beach Resort

10. Seven Star Crags Park 七星岩公园
The park is located about 2 km north Zhaoqing’s city center, about 100 km west of Guangzhou. Seven Star Crags Park is reputed as “Immortal Fairyland” and “No.01 Woner in Lingnan”.

The park is composed of 5 lakes, 7 crags and 8 caves,  crags above lakes,  caves in the crags and rivers inside crags,  like a fairyland in a city rarely seen in other cities. The park features karst crags and lakes.  The seven crags line in the shape of the Great Dipper, hence the name of Seven Star Crags Park.  The Great Dipper shaped seven crags cut the lake into 5 parts,  creating a magnificent view!

Visiting Time: suggested half day
Entrance Fee:  RMB 60 ( excluding some pay caves )
Opening Hours: 7:30 – 17:30
Location:   2 km north Zhaoqing’s city center, about 100 km west of Guangzhou
How to Get There
Busing to the park from Gangzhou, Shenzhen and major cities in Guangdong Province.

Seven Star Crags Park

Seven Star Crags Park

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Top 10 Attractions in Hunan

July 20th, 2014

Plan your Hunan Tour? With Changsha (长沙) as its capital city, Hunan Province, literally “South of the Lake”, is situated south of Dongting Lake (the third largest fresh water lake in China), which is connected with Yangtze River in the north.

Besides being the birthplace of Mao Zedong, Hunan has much to offer bestowed with stunning landscapes of undulating mountains and karst peaks, covering 80% of the province. Mesmerizing hillside villages and charming riverside towns feature the natural homes for the many living in Hunan.

Looking for top things to do in Hunan? So here is our Top 10 Attractions in Hunan.

 No. 01 Wulingyuan ( Zhangjiajie )  武陵源(张家界)
Wulingyuan Scenic Area is located about 30 km north of Zhangjiajie’s city center. Wulingyuan Scenic Area was listed with UNESCO World Heritage 1992. This world heritage site is popularly known as “Zhangjiajie Senic Area” rather than “Wulingyuan” mainly because Wulingyuan Scenic Area is under the administration of Zhangjiajie City.

Wulingyuan Scenic Area (Zhangjiajie Scenic Area) includes three main areas: Zhangjiajie National Forest ParkTianzi Mountain Nature Reserve and, Suoxi Valley Natural Resource Reserve (including Baofeng Lake and Yellow Dragon Cave). The American film – Avatar depicted “Hallelujah Mountain” by taking the real view of “South Pillar of the Heaven”, a famous attraction in Wulingyuan Scenic Area.

Wulingyuan Scenic Area are  famous for its unique hills, queer rockss and peaks, tranquil valleys, clear streams, abundant fauna and flora and hospitable climate.

Visiting Time: suggested 2-3 Days
Entrance Fee:  RMB 248 ( a through ticket )
Location: about 30 km north of Zhangjiajie’s city center
Opening Hours: All day
Best Time to Visit: Spring and Summer
How to Get There
Zhangjiajie is easily accessible by air, train and highway. Then connect local buses going to Wulingyuan Scenic Area.

Wulingyuan ( Zhangjiajie )

Wulingyuan ( Zhangjiajie )

 No. 02 Fenghuang Old Town凤凰古城
The old town Fenghuang is located in  the west of Hunan Province, about 210 km from Zhangjiajie, 430 km from Changsha and 37 from Jishou. Fenghuang, literally “Phoenix’, is  named after its neighboring mountain that resembles a flying phoenix. Fenghuang old town is mainly inhabited by the minorities dominated by Miao and Tujia.

The old town Fenghuang features a magnificent riverside town dotted blessed with wooden stilt houses, stone flagged pathways, winding bridges and charming rivers. Just walk randomly in the old town, you will see the old city wall, elegant bridges, former houses of celebrities, old temples ans museums.

Visiting Time: suggested 2 Days
Entrance Fee:  RMB 148 ( a through ticket )
Location: 210 km from Zhangjiajie, 430 km from Changsha and
Opening Hours: 7:00 – 18:00
Best Time to Visit: May – October
How to Get There
Take a  train to Jishou, then connect buses going to Fenghuang or busing from Zhangjiajie or Changsha.

Fenghuang Old Town

Fenghuang Old Town

No. 03 Hengshan 衡山
Hengshan is  one of the five sacred mountains in China. Hengshan is popularly known as Nanyue , literally south mountain. It is listed as China’s national reserve. It is situated about 130 km south of Changsha.

Hengshan has 72 peaks featuring glistering waterfalls, forested pine trees, and terraced fields on the hillsides. More than natural wonders,  Hengshan has beautiful legacies and ancient civilization well connected with imperial visits: inscriptions and Taoist temples.

Visiting Time: suggested 2 Days
Entrance Fee:  RMB 10
Location:
Opening Hours: 8:00 – 18:00
Best Time to Visit: late summer and early autumn
How to Get There
Bus to Hengshan from Changsha

Hengshan

Hengshan

No. 04 Miao Village at Dehang 德夯苗寨
Dehang is about 25 km to the northwest of Jishou (吉首), within the 164 square km Dehang Geological Park.  Dehang you have the opportunity to view the magnificent landscapes of terraced fields, beautiful waterfalls, and pleasant Miao Villages.

Dehang,  literally“beautiful valley” in Miao language, has a beautiful valley with numerous peaks, waterfalls and dense forest. It has  a pleasant climate  with rich flora and fauna.

Dehang is mainly  inhabited by Miao minorities. They have simple and unique  folk custom. You will be amazed at one of the most beautiful bridge Jielong Bridge in the world.  Walk along the country roads i the Miao village,  and ascend  to view  Liusha waterfall, China’s longest waterfall.

Visiting Time: suggested 1 Day
Entrance Fee:  RMB 60
Location:
Opening Hours: 8:00 – 17:00
Best Time to Visit: May – October
How to Get There
Bus to Dehang from Jishou

Miao Village at Dehang

Miao Village at Dehang

No. 05 Hongjiang Old Town 洪江古商城
The Hongjiang Old Town is about 30 km east of Hongjiang city center and 55 km south of Huaihua City. The old town sits at the confluence of Yuanshui River and Wushui River.  It used to be a distribution hub for timber,  opium and tung oil covering the area of the five provinces of Yunan, Guizhou, Guangxi and Hunan.

The old town developed from Tang Dynasty and prospered in Ming and Qing dynasties. Its past prosperity as a trade center has left behind numerous magnificent traditional Ming and Qing style buildings -brothels, opium shops, tax office,newspsper office, bank, hotels, temples, totaling 380 buildings with an area of 200,000 square meters.

The charming old town has deep and stone flagged alleyways with English sign pointing to the ways into a maze of lanes. You will feel you are in the time corridor back to the ancient times.

Visiting Time: suggested half or one Day
Entrance Fee:  RMB 120
Location: 55 km south of Huaihua City
Opening Hours: 7:00 – 22:00
Best Time to Visit: May – October
How to Get There
Bus to the old town from the city of Huaihua (怀化)

 Hongjiang Old Town

Hongjiang Old Town

No. 06 Shaoshan 韶山
Shaoshan, the birthplace of Mao Zedong, is about 108 km to the southwest of Changsha, the capital city of Hunan Province in the southern China. Each year millions of domestic tourists flock here to pay their visits to Comrade Mao Zedong.

It is preferable to make a day trip from Changsha, visiting the huge 6m statue of Mao Zedong, Mao’ Childhood House, Museum of Comrade Mao Zedong and Nan’an School.

Visiting Time: suggested one Day
Entrance Fee:  Free
Location: 108 km southwest of Changsha
Opening Hours: all day
Best Time to Visit: May – October
How to Get There
Bus to Shahoshan from Changsha

Mao' Childhood House

Mao’ Childhood House

No. 07 Yueyang Tower  岳阳楼
Yueyang Tower,  known as one of the “the three famous towers in the south of the Yangtze River”, Yueyang  Tower stands on the shore of Dongting Lake at the foot of Baqiushan in the northwest of  Yueyang City. Yueyang Tower is 25.35 meters high, square in shape, 17.2 meters wide and 15.6 meters deep, taking an area of 251 square meters.

Standing on the bank of Dongting Lake, Yueyang Tower is magnificent and imposing, overlooking the massive Dongting Lake scattered with sailing boats. The picturesque scenery attracted great poets of the Tang Dynasty like Li Bai, Du Fu, Bai Juyi and Li Shangyin etc, who wrote numerous poems after visiting Yueyang Tower. Many of the poems have been widely read throughout the ages.

Visiting Time: suggested  3 hours
Entrance Fee:  RMB80
Location: Northwest of Yueyang City
Opening Hours: 7:00 – 18:00
Best Time to Visit: May – October
How to Get There
Bus 23, 25

Yueyang Tower

Yueyang Tower

No. 08 Dongting Lake 洞庭湖
Dongting Lake is located in the north of Hunan Province, hence the name of “Hunan” given to the province  - ” South of the Lake”. It is the third largest fresh water lake in China, shallow,  a flood basin of Yangtze River.  So the lake’s size depends on the season. 

Dongting Lake is mainly composed of 4 big lakes – East, West, South and Datong Lake with mountains surrounded in three sides of East, South and West. Its north is a U-shaped basin connected to Yangtze River featuring lakeside landscape with magnificent views such Yueyang Tower, Junshan, Dupu Tomb, Yangmo Fort, Quezi Temple and more.

Dongting Lake is famed for  its linkage of Chinese culture as the place of origin of Dragon boat racing. It is the site of Junshan island that  is a home to the Finless Porpoise, which is endangered in China.

Dongting Lake

Dongting Lake

No. 09 Hunan Provincial Museum 湖南省博物馆
Founded in the early 1950s, Hunan Provincial Museum is located in Kaifu District of Changsha City, adjoining the Martyres’ Park and covering an area of 51,000 square meters.

The museum boasts abundant collections that feature the cultural relics excavated from the world-famous Mawangdui Tombs of Han Dynasty, the bronze wares of the Shang and the Zhou Dynasties, cultural relics of Chu Dynasty, pottery and porcelain works from various dynasties, calligraphy works and paintings, and modern cultural relics, thereby being listed as the largest historical and artistic museum in Hunan Province, as well as one of the first eight National Foremost Museums eligible to be co-constructed by central and local governments.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00 (closed on Mounday)
How to get there: take Buses No. 112, 113, 131, 136, 146, 150, 302, 303 901 to Hunan Provincial Museum

Hunan Provincial Museum

Hunan Provincial Museum

No. 10 Yuelu Academy 岳麓书院
Yuelu Academy is located on the east side of Yuelu Mountain in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, China, on the west bank of the Xiang River.

The renowned Confucian scholars Zhu Xi and Zhang Shi both lectured at the academy. In 1903 the academy became a university, and in 1926 it was officially named Hunan University.As one of the four most prestigious academies over the last 1000 years in China, Yuelu Academy has been a famous institution of higher learning as well as a centre of academic activities and cultures.

The academy has witnessed more than a thousand years of history and is the only one of the ancient Chinese academies of Classical Learning to have evolved into a modern institution of higher learning.

Entrance Fee: CNY 50
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: take Buses No. 106, 202, 305 or Lisha Special Line to get there

Yuelu Academy

Yuelu Academy

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Top 10 Attractions in Jiangxi

July 17th, 2014

Planning for your Jiangxi Tour? Jiangxi (江西) is an underrated province for tourism. You may know about its northern neighbors like Huangshan and Hongcun Village. Jiangxi just offers the no less mesmerizing counterparts of Sanqingshan and Huizhou style villages around Wuyuan as well.

With Nanchang (南昌) as its capital, Jiangxi Province is centered along Gan River plain. Gan River runs 885 km from south to north before entering itself  into Lake Poyang ( the largest fresh water lake in China) and into the Yangtze River.

Mountains surround Jiangxi on three sides, east, south and west with the north being Poyang Lake and the tributary of Yangtze River. The west mountain ranges are dominated by two famous mountains – Mount Sanqing (Sanqingshan) and Mount Longhu (Longhushan).

Looking for top things to do in Jiangxi? So here is our Top 10 Attractions in Jiangxi.

1. Mount Sanqing ( Sanqingshan ) 三清山
Mount Sanqing is a  famous Taoist sacred mountain, which is located between Dexing City (德兴市) and Yushan County (玉山县) in the northeast of Jiangxi Province,  UNESCO World World Heritage Site in Jiangxi listed 2008.

The name “Sanqing”, literally “Three Pure Ones”, refers  to the three renown peaks or summits in Mount Sanqing, Yujing, Yushui, and Yuhua, representing the Taoist trinity.

Mount Sanqing features the natural landscapes and cultural Taoism. It is famed for its granite topography,  sheer rocks, old trees, splashing waterfalls, and sea of clouds.

Now Mount Sanqing is enlisted as a national park of China. It is a wonderful destination as well as a peaceful habitat for animals and plants. It houses over 1000 species of flora and 800 types of fauna.

It is a mecca for hikers with many walking trails on the mountain. It is preferable to spend 2 days to hike around. There are two starting points – the Southern Route and the Eastern Route.

Visiting Time: suggested 2 Days
Entrance Fee:  RMB 150( summer ); RMB130 (winter)
Cable car: Up RMB70; Down RMB55
Location: between Dexing City and Yushan County of Shangrao City in the northeast of Jiangxi Province
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00
Best Time to Visit: Spring and Summer
How to Get There
Sanqingshan is only accessible by road. You may bus to Sanqingshan from Yushan County or Shangrao City. Self-driving is highly recommended with the hghways linked to Nanchang, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Nanjing.

Mount Sanqing ( Sanqingshan )

Mount Sanqing ( Sanqingshan )

2. Huizhou Style Villages around Wuyuan 婺源
Wuyuan is a county under the jurisdiction of the city of Shangrao (上饶)) . It is located in the north of Shangrao in the northeast of Jiangxi Province. Actually it is situated on the boundary of three provinces ( Jiangxi, Anhui and Zhejiang.  It used to be one of the counties in the ancient Huizhou, a cradle of Huizhou culture.

Wuyuan is basically the name given to a scattered cluster of villages home to the famous Hui style architectures and the mesmerizing rapeseed flowers. Wuyuan is reputed as the most beautiful village in China. Each village is a Chinese painting; each step is a view. Perpetual mists whirl over the mountains and rivers; the quaint villages feature stone flagged alleyways ancient bridges.

Now Wuyuan has formed three travel routes and people can choose different routes to experience the mild and elegant villages with deep-rooted Huizhou culture.

The East Line is home to the picturesque villages such as Jiangwan, Likeng, Wangkou, Xiaoqi, Jiangling and Qingyuan. Jiangling features the charming rapeseed flowers; Jiangwan Hui-style buildings and beautiful mountains and rivers.

The West Line is a showcase of the good eco-environment of Wuyuan.Yuanyang Lake Scenic Area is the largest habitat for wild mandarin ducks in the world.

The North Line is dominated by the original Ming and Qing ancient villages and primitive natural landscapes.

Visiting Time: suggested 1-2 Days
Entrance Fee:  RMB 210 ( a through tickets covering 14 sites valid for 5 days )
Location: the north of Shangrao in the northeast of Jiangxi Province.
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 18:00
Best Time to Visit: Mid March and early April ( Rapeseed flowers )
How to Get There
Take buses from Jingdezhen, Huangshan, Jiujiang, Shangrao and Nanchang

Huizhou Style Villages around Wuyuan

Huizhou Style Villages around Wuyuan

3. Mount Longhu (Longhushan) 龙虎山
Mount Longhu is located 20km southeast of Yingtan City (鹰潭). Longhu literally means “Dragon and Tiger”.  Mount Longhu is the birthplace of Zhengyi sect of Taoism. Its founder was Zhang Daoling (34-156), who practiced alchemy here. It is said that after his successful alchemy, tigers and dragons appeared in the mountains, hence the name of Mount Longhu.

Mount Longhu features many Taoist temples built upon the mountainsides. The most important Shangqing Temple and the Mansion of the Taoist Master are located here related to  Zhengyi Dao. It is repute as one of the Four Sacred Mountains of Taoism in China.

Besides its Taoist background, Mount Longhu is renown for its Danxia Landform. There are four kinds of Danxia landscape Longhushan including Danxia geomorphological landscape, Danxia water landscape, Danxia ecological landscape and Danxia cultural landscape. Mount Longhu was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the complex of six sites that make up the China Danxia  Landform in August 2010

Visiting Time: suggested 1 Day
Entrance Fee:  RMB 260 ( including entrance, shuttle and drifting )
Location: 20km southeast of Yingtan City, Jiangxi
Opening Hours: 07:30 – 17:30
Best Time to Visit:  Summer
How to Get There
Take shuttle buses directly from Yingtan Railway Station

Danxia Landform at Mount Longhu

Danxia Landform at Mount Longhu

4. Lushan ( Mount Lu ) 庐山
Mount Lu ( Lushan) is situated about 30 km south of Jiujiang City and 130 km north of Nanchang City, in the north of Jiangxi Province. Lushan is a renown mountain in China. Mount Lu is famed for its weirdness,  grandeur, steepness, and beauty, and is part of Lushan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site listed in 1996, a big draw for domestic tourists especially in summer when the weather is cooler.

More than a natural landscape, Lushan is a famous ancient mountain with combination of natural beauty, culture, religion, education and politics. A number of poets,writers and thinkers were attracted by the mist and fog covered mountain for  the past 1500 years, left behind numerous poems and proses.

The monk Hui Yuan set up Donglin Temple in Lushan and founded Pure Land Buddhism here in 4th century AD. Lushan was once a summer resort for Western missionaries in China. Absalom Sydenstricker, the father of Pearl Buck was among the first five missionaries to have property in the Kuling Estate on the mountain.

Visiting Time: suggested 2-3 Days
Entrance Fee:  RMB 180(summer); RMB135 (winter)
Location: 30km south of Jiujiang City, Jiangxi
Opening Hours: All day
Best Time to Visit:  Summer
How to Get There
Bus to Lushan conveniently from Jiujiang or Nanchang.

Lushan ( Mount Lu )

Lushan ( Mount Lu )

5. Hakka Earth Houses at Longnan 龙南土楼
Longnan is a county under the jurisdiction of Ganzhou City (赣州), in the southern tip of Jiangxi  Province. Longnan is easily accessible by highway and railway, a county with convenient transportation, 132km south of Ganzhou’s city center (赣州)

Among other natural and cultural attractions, Longnan is well known for its ancient fortified rural Hakk around houses.  At present, Longnan County has chosen more than 100 round houses on the list of protection, repaired over 20 representative round houses and improved the their surrounding environments.

The Hakka, or Kejia in Mandarin, are a subgroup of the Han Chinese people who now live mainly in the provinces of Guangdong, Jiangxi, Fujian and Guangdong. Their ancestors settled there centuries ago back to Tang, Song, Ming and Qing dynasties, often to escape wars, natural disasters and severe persecution in their homelands in central China. Today Hakka communities are scattered all over the world.

The Hakka round earth houses are less known,  but same equally excellent as Tulou (EarthHouses ) in Fujiang, which have been listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

The Kakka houses  in Longnan, called “weiwu” or “wei,” are usually taller and more rectangular in shape than similar structures in Yongding Fujian ( more round earth houses), the UNESCO heritage-site.

There are over 500 Hakka weiwu are scattered across southern Jiangxi, with some 370 found in Longnan, hence the name of “the land of Hakka weiwu”.

Hakka Earth Houses at Longnan

Hakka Earth Houses at Longnan

6. Ancient Luotiancun ( Luotian Village ) 罗田村
Luotiancu ( Luotian Vilage ) is located 47 km northwest of Nanchang, the capital city of Jiangxi Province. Luotian Village is a good escape from the hustle and bustle of the urban Nanchang city.

The earliest villagers came settled here from Qizhou in Hubei to escape war during the late Tang and Ming dynasties. The village was once the ancient pilgrim path leading to Wanshou Palace in the West Mountain. The pilgrim path brought the trade and commerce to the village, making much fortune to the village. Today you still can see the stone flagged alleyways, traditional houses and ancient streets.

 Ancient Luotiancun ( Luotian Village )

Ancient Luotiancun ( Luotian Village )

7. Jingdezhen - Porcelain Capital 景德镇
Jingdezhen is a prefecture-level city, 226 km in northeast of Nanchang City and 85 km west of  Wuyuan County, in the northwest of  Jiangxi province.

Jingdezhen is famed as the “Porcelain Capital” because it has been producing quality pottery for 1700 years. Its recorded history is over 2000 years. Jingdezhen’s porcelain is well known in China and internationally as well for being “as thin as paper, as white as jade, as bright as a mirror, and as sound as a bell”.

Visiting Time: suggested 2 Days
Entrance Fee: Free
Location: 226 km Northeast of Nanchang city of Jiangxi Province.
Best Time to Visit:  Autumn
How to Get There
Bus to Lushan conveniently from Jiujiang or Nanchang.

Jingdezhen - Porcelain Capital

Jingdezhen – Porcelain Capital

8. Tengwang Pavilion 滕王阁
The Pavilion of Prince Teng is a building in the north west of the city of Nanchang, Jiangxi province, China, on the east bank of the Gan River and is one of the Four Great Towers of China.

The Pavilion of Prince Teng was first built in 653 AD, by Li Yuanying, the younger brother of Emperor Taizong of Tang and uncle of Emperor Gaozong of Tang. The building has a total floor area of 13000 square metres. It sits atop 12-metre tall concrete platform, which is intended to symbolise the now-destroyed ancient city wall. A stainless steel tablet at the entrance is engraved with a calligraphy work of Mao Zedong.

Entrance Fee: CNY 50
Opening Hours: 07:30-18:00 (May1 to Oct. 7); 08:00-17:30 (other time)
How to get there: take Buses No. 7, 8, 26, 302, Y1, Y2, 135 or 118 to Pavilion of Prince Teng

Tengwang Pavilion

Tengwang Pavilion

 

9. Fomer Headquarters of the Nanchang Uprising 八一南昌八一纪念馆
The Nanchang August First Uprising Museum was built on the site of the Nanchang Uprising Headquarters, a gray building blending both Western and Chinese architectural styles.

This building used to be a local hotel, but as they used it as the headquarters of the revolutionary army at the time of uprising in arms in 1927, it has been kept as a memorial hall to the revolution with a lot of objects of historical and cultural importance on display. A golden plaque with an inscription written by Chen Yi, former mayor of Shanghai and highest ranking military commander in China, hangs above the door to the museum.

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:30 (closed on Monday)
How to get there: take Buses No. 2, Tram 7, 18, Y1 or Y2 from the downtown area

August First Nanchang Uprising-Museum
10. Jinggang Mountains 井冈山
Towering in the southwest of Jiangxi Province, Jinggang Mountain is in the middle stretch of Luoxiao Mountain in the border region between Jiangxi and Hunan provinces.

The area has complicated terrain, with main peaks over 1,000 meters above sea level. Nanfengping, or South Screen, the southernmost peak with an elevation of 2,120 meters, is the highest peak in Jinggang Mountain area. There are eight major scenic spots in the mountain. They are: Ciping, Huangyangjie Post, Dragon Pond, the highest peak, Tongmuling Post, Xiangzhou Area, Bijia Mountain and Xiankou Area.

Entrance Fee: CNY 156
Opening Hours: 06:00-20:00
How to get there: The are long-distance buses from Nanchang, and Ji’an to Ciping.  In Ciping, there are public buses to every spot of Jinggang Mountain

Jinggang Mountain

Jinggang Mountain

 

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